Dracaena Splendens

A remarkably distinct, ornamental stove plant, of dwarf and compact, but free growing habit, densely furnished with 6hort oblong, acute recurved leaves, about nine inches long and four inches broad, arranged in a spiral manner, and having winged foot stalks. The color is a deep bronzy green, breaking out in the young growth into bright rosy carmine, the petiole and base of the leaves margined with the same color. The brighter coloring appears sometimes in stripes, and sometimes occupies the whole surface; while the recurved character of the densely-set foliage gives the plant a flat, almost table-like head. Imported from the South Sea Islands.

Draceena Shepherdil

Originated and named by W. Bull after Mr. Shepherd, a well-known nurseryman of Sydney. It is a a very noble form of Dracaena, and considered one of the finest in cultivation. Mr. Bull says of it: "Unlike most of the forms already known, which color most on the free young growth of vigorous plants, this plant takes on its distinctive coloring gradually on the older leaves, the young ones being green, and showing paler green stripes on those parts which take on a later period the peculiar bronzy orange hue. It is very free growing, of ample proportions, the broad oblong linear leaves, 2 feet long and five inches broad, being arranged in a distinctly spiral manner, and having channelled marginate petioles, six inches long, tinted at the edge with the same bronzy orange color, which is continued along the marginal portions of the lower half of each leaf."

Draining Applicable To Level Ground

We presume you mean draining ground on which there is not a natural fall or outlet for the water. In some cases of this kind on our own ground we have sunk large reservoirs and filled them up with stones, and have carried the drains into these. A very slight inclination will lead off ordinary drainage; and drains sunk pretty deep, and made close, will have a good effect even where the water can not run. In such cases we prefer stones to tile.

Drawing Lessons

No other magazine gives them, and we have given enough to All several large volumes.

Drawing Plants

A Young Gardener, (Charleston, S. C.) The best possible way for you to learn drawing "by yourself," is to procure "Chapman's Drawing Book," which may be had. no doubt, in Charleston, or at any rate ordered through any bookseller there, as it is published in New-York. This work is accompanied by a copy-drawing book, in which all the needful elementary practice is put before the beginner in the most comprehensible form.

Dreer's Pansy Seed

We have neglected to acknowledge from Mr. Dreer the receipt of a package of Pansy seed. We grew some last season, and the flowers were so fine as to warrant us in saying that no better seed can be bought.

Dried Apples

It will pay $1 per bushel to cut up apples and dry them. A New Hampshire family cut up 250 bushels last fall, which when dried made 1,457 pounds, and sold for 21 cents per pound, netting $300.