Cotton

The cotton grown in the province of Piura, is said to be, next after our Sea Island, equal to the best gathered in the United States. I am assured that each plant, on an average, yields at each crop four times as much as our plants, and affords two crops every year. This plant does not require to be renewed oftener than once in five or six years. The quantity cultivated is comparatively small, from two to three thousand bales, owing, probably, to the want of facilities of transportation to a port for shipment, and also, want of population. One of their political writers says: ' Peru is taking a siesta;' when she wakes up, she may do something towards developing her agricultural resources".

The Cotton Wood

Go on, Mr. Allen. I will consider your "case" with the Doctor's.

A Country Cottage

The illustration, sketched in our frontispiece this month, affords a design of a simple and inexpensive cottage, which may be used for any country family, or may be adapted to serve the purposes of a gardener's cottage. The plan explains itself: No-1 is the hall; 2, kitchen; 3, pantry; 4, sitting room; 5, closet; 6, woodhouse, or washroom; 7, porch or lobby. The mam rooms, Nos. 2 and 4, may be 15 feet square.

In the 2d story, there are rooms over 2 and 4, of same size, or the floor over No, 4 may be divided into two apartments, and still be of fair width and length. The L over the kitchen, being of lower roof, will afford space for one room of moderate height and accommodations.

The cost is from $1,200 to $1,800, according to expensiveness of building in locality where erected. In the average of country places $1,500 will be sufficient.

A Country School-House

A very neat design - picturesque, cheap, and tasteful. This model cannot be too extensively practiced upon. What a beautiful array of station-houses, something in this style, the Harlem and some other of our railroads, have along their lines. If people only knew how much the style of their school-houses, and other buildings of a public character, have to do with the pleasure they give to those who look upon them, and the improvement they add to the places they occupy, they certainly would study to put up better ones, architecturally, than they do.

Couranti Fulgens

A very fine variety for groups or masses in the flower-garden: color bright dark crimson.

A Covered Hedgeway

We alluded last month to a book entitled "The Gardens of England," containing most superb views of the best kept and most ornamented pleasure grounds in that land of beauty. In one of the plates of Elvaston Castle occurs a picture which embraces a view of a garden called Mon Plaisir, fenced round with a double hedge,as in the cut; it takes the form, perhaps purposely, of an irregular mole tracks and is composed of two lines of evergreen plants - most probably Yew or American Arbor Vitae, for either would answer. These meet at the top, forming a covered walk, with windows cut here and there to admit light or to embrace a view, at the same time that the rays of the sun are excluded. Such a walk would be of easy execution, the trimming of the plants so as to meet at the top would be an easy matter with a very few years' attention provided the rows were not placed too far apart; this could be done with almost any hedge plant, either deciduous or evergreen.