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Cytisus racemosns is a more desirable green-house plant than C. rhodophhe. There are two varieties of the racemosus in one the flowers stand up erect, in the other they droop. Get the former of the two. If potted in rich compost, it will grow rapidly, but it should be repeatedly stopped to make it bushy.
The Jasminum nudiflorum is hardy, and is one of the best winter-blooming plants we have. If grown in pots it requires to be kept dwarf and bushy, which is done by cutting in freely, especially the strong, rambling shoots, in summer, to encourage the production of small twiggy ones, which bear the blossoms. None of these should be removed till the plant has gone out of flower. It is easily propagated by means of the end spring shoots in a common hob-bed, or by cutting the long shoots into pieces with three or four eyes, and planting them in a cool border in September or October. It flowers best in a pot, with soil rather sandy and poor.
There is a Passion flower the root of which is hardy, in the Middle, and perhaps in the Northern States. Planted in a southern aspect, we have flowers from it every season. Procure it by all means.
The plant you sent is Silene Pennsylvanica. We shall be pleased to see the articles mentioned.
M. De Morogues announces that this plant - dried - is excellent sheep food, and that, when fresh, it makes capital litter for domestic animals. Its peculiar balsamic odor most effectually drives away fleas. A lapdog sleeping on a bed of fresh tansy, is immediately freed from these vermin* It should be renewed when the leaves are quite dry. This seems a better application of the plant than following the example of our grandmothers and making it into cakes.
A Lady in Ohio. First remove all the earth very carefully, by slicing it gradually away with the spade, so as to leave an unbroken ball,containing the roots, about the size of the pot or tub into which you wish to remove the plant. Then soak this ball of earth very plentifully with water, so that it is quite saturated. Leave it all night to drain off. In the morning you will find the ball to adhere well to the roots, and you can then lift it and pot it with little or no check to the plant. For forty-eight hours after removal it is best to place the transplanted exotics in a close frame or cellar - where the air is damp.
We have just been shown a sample of Rye grown on the so-called "barrens" of Long Island. The stalks are over five feet high, the head long and fairly filled, and giving promise of good yield. We have seen worse Rye many a time. The present is a sample of four acres, grown on land reclaimed last August. The undergrowth and roots were grubbed up, and burned on the land, which was then thoroughly plowed and dressed with 150 pounds of guano to the acre, which we do not by any means consider the best dressing it could have had. It is simply absurd to call land barren and worthless that will produce such straw.