Pretty Fins Cabbage

W. C. Hoff, Esq., has sent us from his fine gardens at the Mission Dolores, a very compact and finely grown Cabbage, of the Flat Dutch variety, weighing thirty-two and a-half pounds. If any of our cultivators can beat this, we should like they would bring along their specimens.

A Pretty Floral Contrast

A correspondent of The Gardener's Chronicle describes a pretty scene of climbing vines in a conservatory: " One of the prettiest floral sights that I have seen for a long time, is the result of allowing Tacsonia Van-Volxemi, Clematis Jackmantu and Mandevillea suaveolens to grow together at their own sweet will. They were all in full bloom, and the plants having grown up the different rafters of a conservatory and met at the top of the house, the result was certainly a very striking contrast.

A Pretty Rose Garden

A contributor of The Tribune describes a Rose Garden which, in his opinion, is admirably adapted to meet the wants of many flower growers. " Beds of various shapes were cut in the turf and planted according to the modern style, i. e., massed and ribboned. Only kinds of acknowledged superiority were used. Ribbons of White Daily, Louis Philippe, Hermosa, Agrippina, Leels, etc., were placed side by side, affording a rich contrast in color and a perfect wealth of bloom. When we add that the fragrance was delightful, what more could be desired. Entire beds of one color were not the least attractive feature of the collection.

A Pretty Subtropical Bed

At the Royal Garden, Kew, England, there was planted directly in front of the Museum a bed of subtropical plants, which attracted very general notice. The shape was that of a parallelogram, edged with Golden Feather, plated with Nicotians, Maize, Cannas, Ferdinandas, Ricinas, etc.; among them were interspersed Amaran-thus Salicifolius, Abutilon Thompsonii, and flowering Gladiolus. It was a blaze of color and had a grand effect.

A Pretty Tree Mower

The editor of The Gardeners Monthly says: Recently we saw a very pretty thing formed out of a half-a-dozen Japan Catalpa - Catalpa Koempferi. These seem to grow only from fifteen to twenty feet high, and the branches form a dense mass overhead, appearing in leaf as if the whole surface had been sheared. When not too closely confined, the whole stem pushes out leafy branches. A half-dozen of these set out by themselves, and trained up to single stems, will make one uniform mass of foliage if left to itself; and gothic arches, or arches of any form, can be cut between each pair of trees. The leaves around each tree stem can be left two or three feet wide if desired - and the effect will be unique.

A Pretty Window Want

One of the best window plants, capable, as it appears, of resisting almost any hardships, to which plants in such circumstances are subjected, is the Aspidistra lurida. This plant, and its variegated variety, is grown largely in France and Belgium, in windows, corridors, etc., and might with advantage be employed here for like purposes. - Gardener's Chronicle.