Amblahchier Botryapium

It is much to be regretted that this very beautiful shrub or small tree should be so seldom seen in our ornamental plantations. As the "Snowy Mespilus" it figures largely in the catalogues we receive from European nurserymen; but the writer has not met with it yet in one of our own. Passing the garden of an old Dutch farmer mis spring, before the last March wind had scarcely finished blowing I much enjoyed the sight of a splendid specimen thirty or forty feet high, its flowers forming a complete "shower of snow." I saw the same bush again in the end of June. Then it was as thickly studded with brilliant red berries, as it had been with flowers before, and the myriads of those happy adjuncts to a "garden life" - the birds - showed that they at least knew how to appreciate the tree by the merry twitter they kept up in and around it P.

Ambrosia Apricot

J. J. Smith, Esq.: - For the benefit of your correspondent, James Truitt, I would say the "Ambrosia Apricot" is of French origin. We imported it from Mr. Rivers some years since - fruited once and died. It has also fruited in the nursery of Daniel Brinckerhoff, Fishkill Landing, N. Y., and no doubt other places. It is of upright, vigorous growth; fruit rather large, quite early, and of excellent flavor; in fact, few are superior to it Many of the nurserymen now advertise it for sale. Chas. Downing.

The American Agriculturist Toward Horticultural Journals

We arc determined that our equanimity shall not be disturbed, although often many provoking occasions arise for an outburst of temper. Several criticisms appeared last fall in the Agriculturist and Hearth and Home, about the horticultural journals of the United States, and with rather more than usual to say about The Horticulturist. We only laughed when we read them, and then put the papers away, and have never looked at them since. The public will learn ere long, that small shot do very little harm against " iron clads," and we think lovers of horticulture had better not stop taking or reading their horticultural journals, because the pepper and mustard of one editor's spice box happened to be stronger than usual. There is good enough yet left among the ruin*. We do not remember that these two journals have ever said many good words for horticultural journals generally during the past five years.

American Association for The Advancement Or Science

The meeting of this Association will be held this year at Providence, Rhode Island, commencing on the 16th of August This is a most important institution - a yearly reunion of our most distinguished professors in every branch of science. The papers read at the previous meetings have been highly creditable to the nation, and a great deal of scientific information has been freely dispensed. It appears by the circular before us that the funds of the society are nearly exhausted, and that there is not money enough in the treasury, unless arrears are paid up, to meet the expenses of another year. We trust that so valuable a society will not be allowed to die out for the want of a few hundred dollars.

Hartley Coleridge once being asked which of Wordsworth productions he considered the prettiest very promptly replied, "His daughter Dora".