A writer in the Rural New Yorker, reporting the transactions of the Illinois Horticultural Society, says:

"What is known as the May Cherry of the West, or sometimes called Early Richmond, was decided to be a native or American seedling, originating near Richmond, Va., from whom the elder Prince took scions to Long Island, and christened the true Early Richmond, and Downing committed the error of making it a synonym of Kentish. It is supposed that the French cherry Donna Maria may be the same one sent back to us under this new name. At all events, the Society decided to call this cherry 'Early May,' and if our French friends lay claim to it, let them prove it.

"This cherry is the only market cherry of much importance in the State, and now stands at the head of the list. It was stated that there was an orchard of six hundred trees in bearing near this city; and that the trees were now heeled-in for one orchard of two thousand trees, and three of one thousand each, besides small lots of fifty and a hundred each.

"It was further decided that the common Morello suckers, or the seedling of the Mo-rello, is the only stock suited to this cherry; that on its own roots it is less productive and ripens later, while on the Mazzard and Mahaleb it was of little value - often being killed by the sudden changes of winter, and liable to lose the crop by early frost. There were some exceptions stated to these positions, but on the whole they were sustained by the facts."

Pruning, if correctly understood and practiced, is a useful operation; but if not understood, the operator will be likely to cause injurious rather than beneficial results The result of every application of the knife to tree or vine should be thoroughly appreciated ; it is therefore the duty as well as interest of every grower of fruits to acquaint himself perfectly in the knowledge of pruning.

Grape Cuttings in the propagating-house should now have considerable bottom-heat, keeping the tops, or main temperature of the house, at about forty-five or fifty degrees.

"We religiously hold to the faith, that the pure juice of the grape, the apple, pear, and some other fruits, properly prepared and fermented, refined, and ripened, without the addition of any substance whatever, will answer every indication as an exhilarating beverage."- Kennicott.

Grapevines in the early vinery, which now begin to swell their buds, should be frequently syringed, and in other ways a moistened heat maintained. When there is a tendency of the vines to break only at the ends, bend them around until the buds have broken evenly, as they soon will do.

Camellias in the window or elsewhere, if flowering freely, should have plenty of water, and the foliage frequently washed if they become dusty.

Roses that are blooming now freely will be greatly benefited by occasional waterings of liquid manure water. See that the foliage is kept clean; and while the plants have plenty of water, do not let them get soggy. If from any neglect your plant has become spindling and weakly in its growth, cut it all away at once down to three or four buds, give less quantity of water, and see well to the drainage.