Inside Protection For Hot - Bed Frames

All gardeners make use of some covering over the glass as a protection to plants during cold nights and days in spring. "We have to suggest the nailing of a strip along the sides inside the frame, about four inches below the glass, on which to lay a sash made of one-by-two-inch strips, and covered with oiled canvas. We think it would protect perfectly from frost, and, if obliged to be left on all day, would give a shade to the plants. It is on the principle of the double-sash, but more economical.

Interest In American Horticulture

The Gardener's Chronicle of London, has often published notices of Mr. Wilder's address, and in its issue of August 30, devotes 1 1/4 column to notices of the coming 25th anniversary of American pomological Society, with published list of essayists.

Interesting Discovery

At the last meeting of the Linnaean Society, Dr. Joseph Hooker read an extract from a letter, mentioning the discovery, near the banks of the river Amazon, of large Equisetums, the plant which abounds fossilized in coal formations. These plants were twenty feet high, and the stem was the thickness of a man's wrist. The writer of the letter stated that his surprise on the discovery of these plants, which were believed to have been extinct, could scarcely have been exceeded had he seen the saurians of former worlds revived, and rushing through the swamp.


The interior finish should be plain and simple in its character, corresponding with the general style of the exterior. For the wood-work white pine oiled or stained would be very appropriate, while the walls may be covered with some neat pattern of paper, or, simpler still, the plastering may be colored a light, lively tint.

Roof should project three feet.

Interior Of A Fernery

THE illustration contained in our frontispiece, is a sketch of the fern house of Veitch and Sons, at Chelsea, England. Its roof is low, and walls are built of good thickness, to serve as supports for rockeries. Within this space are gathered a large variety of ferns, both of large and small growth, and here and there are niches or slopes for the mosses. The central plant, with the immense feathery leaves sweeping downward to the ground, is the Woodwardia radicans, one of the most splendid of all ferns. This is a cool greenhouse, that is, the temperature ranges from 40° to 50°, and the plants most suitable for such a temperature are, Adiantum, Asplenium, Athyrium, Gymnogramma, Polypodium, Polystichum, Pteris, Scolopen-driums, Woodwardia. Probably no such fern house as this exists in the United States, unless it is provided for in the new conservatories of the Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C.

Intermixture Of Seeds

(B. C. C, Wyoming.) Different varieties of melon, cabbage, cauliflower, turnip, etc., readily mix when growing even several hundred feet apart. Peas do not mix so readily, because the structure of the flower prevents any other pollen than its own from coming easily in contact with the stigma; species mix with more difficulty - seldom, indeed, without artificial aid. Cucumbers, melons, squashes, Ac, may therefore be grown tolerably near together, without great danger of intermixture. Ruta Bagas, and white turnips, cabbages, and cauliflowers, not.

(Susan). Verbenas, well taken care of, you will find the best plants for your vases. Mr. G« C. Thorburn's new variety will make a showy exhibition all the season. Also Lobelias.