Salvia Splendens Alba

A white variety of the Scarlet Sage, of similar habit in growth, but rather dwarfer in stature; shows finely in rows as a contrast to the scarlet variety.

Salvia Splendent

Mr. Henderson says, " this is perhaps the most gorgeous plant of our gardens; single plants often attain a height of six feet, and nearly as much in diameter, having a hundred scarlet plume-like flower spikes; the color is so intense when seen against a green background, that it is often visible at the distance of half a mile. Seeds sown in April in the green-house will flower in July and August".

Salvia Tricolor

A pretty slender subshrubby greenhouse plant, with small ovate leaves and long spikes of white (Sowers, having the upper lip faintly tipped with light purple and the lower half or apex of the lower lip bright rose color. Mexico.

Sangmnaria Canadensis, (Blood Root.)

This is one of the earliest flowers. We shall find it in some sunny moist spot in the meadow, under the shelter of a rock, opening its large, pure white petals to the sun, disclosing the yellow stamens within. The blood-red juice which exudes from the stem, as well as the root, when bruised, gives rise to its name. The leaf is like the foliage of the grape-vine.


Leaves deep glassy green; underside of a deep blood red.


At a recent meeting of the Belgian Cercle d'Arboriculture, one of the professors told his audience of horticulturists that sap does not circulate; and another maintained that there is no such thing as sap.

Wonderful is science, - by and by some old Herr Professor, will make out we don't need heads; and some old fool will be ready to go a step further with such follies.

The Gardener's Chronicle while admitting there are such things as .currents within the plant, yet says: "Scientific men have for some time known that the old notions of an upward current followed by a downward current, like the flow and return in hot-water pipes, required considerable modification; and it was to correct this notion that the statements in question were made."

Sarracenia Purpurea, (Side-Saddle Flower, Pitcher Plant.)

In our search for summer flowers, we must not neglect to visit yonder peat bog, for cold and forbidding as it looks, some of its productions exceed the bounds of the most erratic fancy. The purple flower of the pitcher plant, with the termination of its pistil expanded so as to cover nearly the whole flower, excites our admiration, but not equally with its cup-shaped leaves; these are rigid, upright, shaped like a sack contracted towards the top, and often holding a gill of water. Here we see a provision made by Providence for maintaining a supply of this necessary element, in addition to that which the roots may obtain.

The Savine

Juniperus Sobina is a splendid lawn plant, when left to take its natural growth in an open space and kindly soil. A plant on my lawn, twenty-five yean old, measures twenty-two yards in circumference. Its branches radiate from a single stem, which is invisible in the centre, feathering all round, without gap or blemish, down to the grass, and rising only about three feet in the middle. It is at all times a pleasing object; but in the spring, when it has put forth its tender shoots, or in the autumn, when bespangled with dew, it is particularly beautiful. - M. R. Toipnshend.