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Mr. James Wilson, of St. Albans, says The Australasian, has obtained the highest price ever given in Australia for a yearling thoroughbred, and the highest average yet reached at a year- «nS sale, viz., 1,500 guineas for a sister to First King, and an average of 1,000 guineas for the five yearlings submitted to public auction. POTENTILLAS.âIf any Villa gardener wishes to make a sensa- tion in his garden during the coining summer, or to give occa- 8ion to a pleasant surprise among his garden-loving friends and Neighbours, he cannot do better than make a trial of some of the tyettyl,oteiitillus. A neighbour of ours, with a great love for his uttle garden, last summer came into possession of two or three Plants of double Potentillas, but was quite unaware of their character. He planted them with care, and tended them with that regard that overcomes many difficulties in plant culture; and when they bloomed lie was indeed surprised at their ex- ceeding brilliancy and attractiveness. He will now always grow Potentillas, and he has so persistently trumpeted forth v^nd most deservedly so) their charms that some of his neigh- bours are ordering plants on his recommendation. And though lt is said that button-holes are getting unfashionable in society, our neighbour still sports one, and the background almost in- variably consists of a pretty silvery leaf of a Potentilla with Peculiarly handsome cut edges.-Gardeners Chroniele. How TO KILL GREEMLY. â As the season is rapidly approach- Ing when we have to wage war with that troublesome insect greenfly, the following recipe, which has been in use here for some years with most satisfactory results, may be ef use to your readers. Half a pound of seft soap dissolved (but not foiled) in soft water, 2 oz. of strong tobacco (common shag) boiled for an hour with 1 oz. of bitter aloes mix with 3 gallons ojf warm soft water. Dip or syringe the plants affected with fly. £ he above ingredients are inexpensive and easily obtained, and the mixture will be found thoroughly efficacious. I wish I could sav it is as effective in the case of mealy-bug, but I think Jt has yet to be discovered how to make a mixture which shall oe death to the bug without injury to the plant. I see by an advertisement we are offered a new fumigator, the use of which IS to kill amongst other things mealy-bug and scale without damage to the plant. If this is possible, it will be a. marvellous thing. I have seen many things tried, but the plant generally Suffered more than the insect, excepting perhaps in cases where the finger and thumb, only aided by a small pointed stick, were Used. One correspondent recommends paraffin, but that is dangerous, as it varies so much in strength. Bridgford's Anti- septic has been recommended, but I know where there is a breed of mealy-bug that refuses to succumb to that. I remem- ber three or four years ago trying an experiment in a melon pit after the plants had been cleared out. Half a pound of sulphur was placed in two saucers in the pit, and set burning for the Purpose of killing red-spider. Half a dozen fine specimens of Oiealy-bug were introduced in a saucer. They Walked about very deliberately during the time the sulphur was burning, and When it was finished they appeared none the worse, although, I suppose, the quantity consumed would have been sufficient to Oestroy the largest collection of stove plants. I would urge upon those who would try new washes and mixtures the neces- sity of great-caution. Don't trust all your eggs in one basket. ?°nie years ago I was being shown through a fine range of houses. I observed the whole of the vines in three vineries and Peach trees in a peach house had been killed to the ground. jrOis, I was informed, was the result of painting them over with ueat's-foot oil, which had been recommended as a certain de- j °yor of mealy-bug. And doubtless many more cases equally might be cited. Then I would say if you will try ex- periments don't risk a fine plant, but try them on a small portion fi-? Plant, as the effect can be just as well observed, and if a ure the loss is but small.âG. Duffield, Winchmore Hill, in rrieners' Chronicle.












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