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HINTS UPON GARDENIira. SHIFTING where necessary must now receive atten- tion. A compost, consisting of three-parts fibrous peat, iB 4 lumpy state, one part free from turfy loam, and a little silver sand, will suit most kinds of hard- wooded plants, with the exception of heaths, which succeed best in peat without any admixture except that of a little silver sand. In potting take care to secure thorough drainage, over which may be placed a. little broken or pounded charcoal. FLOWER GARDEN AND PLANT HousEs.-Now is the time to encourage rapid and sturdy growth in young hard-wooded plants. A constant stopping of gross shoots will be necessary, in order to equalise the distribution of sap and encourage the lower parts of the plants to develop themselves. Out of doors, early bulbs now ripening, if turning yellow, should be taken up, or the greater portion of their leaves trimmed away.—Verbenas, petunias, and such things should be frequently pegged down where it is requi- site to cover the surface of the beds speedily.—Auri- culas Let these now occupy a cool, shady situation. Green-fly, to which they are subject, must be kept in check. If infested, remove the plants to a pit, in order that they may be effectually fumigated.-Balsams and Cockscombs: These must now be encouraged to grow freely, giving them a little weak liquid manure occa- sionally, and accommodating them with larger pots as they may require them.—Camellias: Keep these close, moist, and warm until their growth is completed,when more air and less moisture should be given in order to I cause them to form flower-bud s. -Carnations and Picotees: Let the main shoots of these now be care- fully tied to neat stakes. Remove dead leaves, and top-dress with fresh sweet soil. Destroy green- fly.-Cinerarias Crt.down such as are out of flower to within two or three inches of the sur- face. Stir and top-dress with light soil. A north aspeot is the best at this season. Take cuttings as soon as they can be had for early flowering plants. —Dahlias: Keep these regularly and well watered, and secure them to stakes as they advance in growth. —Globe Amaranthus: These may receive the same veatment as balsams and cockscombs.—Heaths and Bpacrises: Many kinds may now be transferred to pits and frames, where they will thrive better, during the summer months shading them from the hot sun any done blooming should be cut back slightly, to insure a bushy habit, and kept in a shady place till they commence to grow. Removing the young and early-blooming stock to frames will permit plants in the heath-house to stand thin.—Hollyhocks: Give these a good watering, and then mulch afterwards, giving them a good soaking once or twice a week according to the weather. Tie the plants to strong stakeB.-Pausies, Propagate these whenever cut- tings can be obtained. They strike best on a shady border under small hand- glasses. Polargo. niume: Plants in flower will require to be care- fully shaded. Water freely every morning, and give as much air as possible in order to dispel stagnant moisture accumulated during night and dull weather. Stake and neatly, tie the later flowering plants. Seed j lings should aow be selected, discarding any which are not decided improvements on known kinds.-P-o-es: These are now showing their bloseome, which will be much improved by liquid manuring; mulching, too, in dry seasons is very beneficial. If the preservation of the early flowers is desirable, the rose maggot- must be closely locked after; the green-fly, too, should be kept down, and where mildew shows itself, first syringe with tobacco-water for green-fly, and then dust with sulphur vivum a tin pepper-bex is a cheap and effi. cient duster. Roses in pots will require attention in regard to watering; the syringe is best if clear rain- water is at hand, and the blossoms not too much ex- panded.—Tulips Uncover all out of bloom, but pro- tect from heavy rains, which might be injurious. FORCING 'GARDEN. Figs: Give abundance of water or liquid manure, if in pots or tubs.—Melons Set shy sorts, and sprinkle frequently to keep off red spider. -Mu e hroom-- Let old beds be examined as as soon as they begin to go out of bearing. If, upon removing the soil, the dung appears decayed or exhausted, the bed should be immediately renovated; but if, as often happens, the beds are found in good order, solid, and full of spawn, they should be watered moderately with tepid water, if they are found to require it, and in a day or two afterwards the surface should be covered with two or three inches of loamy soil. In hot weather the house should be kept as cool as possible, without throwing it open; in order to assist in effecting this, the paths and walls should be sprinkled frequently with cold water, and the evaporation allowed to escape at the top. Con- tinue to collect horse-droppings, and let them be stored up to make new beds, or to renovate old ones.— Peaches: Give frequent waterings to these in their last swelling; continue to pinch luxuriant shoots, and to use the syringe liberally.—Pines: In shifting, let great attention be paid to having oomplete drainage; no after-management will compensate for the omission of this. Take care to thin growing stock in due time, giving abundance of room to plants approaching the fruitful period. Pines swelling fruit will now enjoy liberal waterings of clear liquid manure once a week, with fine syringes occasionally, more especially be- tween their stems.—Vines: Grapes just colouring should be assisted by a high temperature during this fine weather, accompanied, however, by an abundance of air; a moderate amount of fire-teat should be pro- vided should the weather become wet or cold. HARDY FRUIT AND KITCHEN GARDEN.—Give the wood of peaches a thorough thinning; don't reserve a shoot more than is wanted for next year. This, and keeping down iBsects, is the way to obtain success.— Celery: Take advantage of showery weather, should it occur, to prick out young plants.—Peas: Sow for succession as may be required.-Ridge cucumbers: These, gourds, and vegetable marrows may be planted now; the first two in the usual way on prepared beds of rich soil, with the temporary protection of hand- lights, the last in vacant places where proper stations for vigorous growth can be secured.- Gardener's Chronicle.

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