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(Satkrthtg. "'F-_r_r-r' [If any reader who is in difficulty with reference to his garden, will write direct to the -ad- dress given beneath, his queries will be an swered, free of charge, and by return of post —EDITOR]. Home correspondents omit to add their names, or merely end with initials. In these cases it is obviously impossible to reply.-E.K.T. THE FLOWER GARDEN IN JANUARY. ACHIMENES. A few bulbs may be started now in shallow pans of light, sandy soil, mixed with peat, in a warm greenhouse or slight bottom heat. Transplant to pots in a warm greenhouse when an inch high. CANNAS. The seeds of these splendid half hardy peren- nials, being exceedingly hard, should be soaked in tepid water before being sown in a tempera- ture of about 70 degrees. Cover with li ins. 2 of soil, and supply abundant moisture. Pot the seedlings, which appear irregularly and at long intervals, when they have made two leaves, and keep the plants in a temperature of about 60 degrees, potting on as may be necessary till June. CINERARIAS. These plants should have air whenever con- sistent with safety, and they must be turned towards the light regularly to prevent the flowers all facing one way. Mildew is caused by slopping water about the house, and can usually be prevented by carefully watering towards the middle of the day. CYCLAMENS. A fine show of blossom will still be available, and the flowering period of beauty may be extended by immersing the pots for about half an hour in tepid water occasionally. For suc- cessional purposes a sowing may be made now. Use pots or pans of light, sandy soil, pressing the seeds into the surface an inch apart, and covering them with soil in a temperature of about 65 degrees in a warm moist corner of the greenhouse. The seed germinates slowly and most irregularly. Transfer the seedlings singly bo very small pots, and move on as necessary, being careful to only about half bury the corms, so as to leave their crowns above the surface of the soil. GLOXINIAS. For early flowering from June onwards, sow For early flowering from June onwards, sow now in clean and specially well drained pots of tine soil, covering the seeds very lightly only. Water carefully, and place the pots in a warm, moist, and shaded position, in a temperature of about 70 degrees. Sprinkle slightly with water daily, being very careful to avoid damping off. As soon as the seedlings become large enough to handle, prick them out an inch apart into other pots. Pot singly, of course, and grow on without a check in a shaded position, and a moist temperature of from 60 to 65, until the flowers begin to expand, when the atmosphere must be kept dry. HOLLYHOCKS. These ground border flowers can be grown as annuals or biennials. Sow in a temperature of from 65 to 70 degrees in well drained sandy soil, and cover the seeds very lightly. Prick out the seedlings an inch apart when an inch high into other pots of porous soil, just deeply enough for the leaves to come into contact with the soil. Pot singly during March, and harden off gradually, preparatory to planting out in early May, when the weather is settled. PETUNIAS. Make a sowing towards the end of the month to produce plants for indoor decoration, scat- tering the seeds thin on an even surface of firm, finely sifted soil, and covering it lightly with nearly pure sand. Place in a temperature of nearly 60 degrees, and keep the pots or pans moist. Maintain a uniform temperature, being very careful to exclude draughts. Prick off the seedlings before they become crowded into pans or boxes of light soil, so that the lowest leaves just touch the surface, and sprinkle regularly with water. Move singly to small pots in April. VERBENAS. Plants raised from seeds run very little risk of injury from insects and disease. Sow now or in February in light soil in a warm pit or frame. Prick out the seedlings round the edges of small pots when they ara;a few weeks old, and as soon as established plsfce them near the glass in a well ventilated frame. Pot on singly at about the end of March, and plant out towards the middle or end of May.

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