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This we received from Dr. Grant; but it was not ripe. As we expect to have it mature, we say no more about it for the present.
This also has been imported from South Africa. It forms a fine greenhouse tree fern, with bipinnate fronds of stoutish texture, and having the pinnules lanceolate, with oblong-ovate falcate segments, bluntish at the point, and having the sori in the lower half immersed in rufous wool. The trunk grows from three to four feet high, and the stipes and rachides are of a reddish brown, without the tubercles or blunt aculei which distinguish C. Burkei. It is a distinct and desirable addition to our cultivated tree ferns; and was awarded a First Class Certificate by the Royal Horticultural Society in June, 1873.
Water sparingly as they start into growth, and increase the supply as they approach the flowering state.
A few of the earliest camellias and azaleas may be brought into the house this month. All greenhouse plants that are out of doors, should be gradually brought into a condition of rest. Protect them from heavy rains by throwing them on their sides, if no better means of protection is at hand.
(W. W.) These are very suitable window plants. As soon as the bloom is over, and they show a yellow tinge, refrain from watering, first gradually, and then altogether. When quite withered, remove all decayed foliage, and place the pots in a sheltered situation out of doors, turning them on their sides to exclude rain. In winter, take them in-doors, and as soon as they begin to push, examine the drainage, top dress or repot, and give a little water, increasing it by degrees; smallish pots will answer. Your Dielytra spectabilis should not be over forced; a coolish atmosphere suits it. Daphne indica and odora should be brought into the room from a place where there has been less heat than is usual in parlors, as soon as the flower buds show themselves.
The old Cydonia (more commonly called Pyrus) Japonica is well known as a beautiful hardy flowering shrub. We have the gratification to announce a variety raised by M. Mallard, of Mans, of great merit Its flowers are quite as large as those of the common one, white, most beautifully striated towards the centre with rosy carmine on both surfaces of the petals, so as to leave a wide and distinct white margin all round them. It is a very free-blooming hybrid, and we can scarcely conceive two shrubs more beautiful when in blossom against a wall in spring than a plant of the old species, and the present new variety. - London Florist.
A very remarkable and handsome dwarf greenhouse perrenial herb, with very broad thick cordate furrowed leaves, having 5-7 strong parallel nerves. The flowers, which are like those of Forget-me-not, but larger, grow on scorpioid scapes, about a foot high, and are blue edged with white. Chatham Island.