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GARDENING GOSSIP. (From The Gardener.") BEGONIAS. Either the double or single Tuberous Begonias are useful for flower beds. The plants ought now to be placed out, enriching the soil previously with decom- posed manure, as Begonias are gross feeders. Turn out the plants carefully from pots or lift them with balls of soil from boxes. Fibrous-rooted Begonias are smaller-flowered than the tuberous varieties, but planted in beds they are charming and floriferous. Plants from seed sown in January will bloom the same year. Crimson Gem, with bronzy foliage, is one of the best. Snowflake is a white variety. CANNAS I are imposing plants with large, fine foliage. They are useful for grouping in the centre of beds. Fine spikes of flowers are produced at the end of summer and autumn. Good plants from pots ought to be planted now. The soil should be made rich. MYOSOTIS. I Seed may be sown now in the open ground. If I sown thinly there is seldom need to shift before placing the plants in the positions where they are wanted to flower. I ZINNIAS. I These half-hardy annuals make excellent beds. Planting out should not be longer delayed, lifting with soil attached to the roots. Zinnias like a sunny position and good soil. I PANSIRS AND VIOLAS. I A sowing may be made on a sheltered border where the soil can be kept moist. Shade from the sun until germination commences. The soil must be made fine on the surface, and the seed scattered liberally but thinly, so that the plants may grow sturdily. Where crowded, however, the seedlings may be pricked out to strengthen, planting finally in autumn. PRIMULAS. I Seedlings still in pans and boxes ought to be pricked out singly or potted juto,sm,all ppts. Those that have previously been tj^ated may be ready for a further shift. From pans or boxes transfer to small pots, and give a shift into larger pots those in small sizes requiring more root room. CHBY SANTHEMUM3. I Pot finally in 8-, 9-, and 10-inch pots. Use a good and liberal compost, making it firm round the roots. Stand the pots closely together on a hard bottom. Svringe well every day to promote growth. I ROSES. I Plants having a plentiful supply of buds may have some of the weakest removed if fine flowers are required. Cleanse the foliage by syringing. A mulching will benefit the roots by retaining moisture. CARNATIONS AND PICOTEES. I Light green stakes should be placed to these as the flowering stems are thrown up. Bundling a number together is not the best method, but several stems mav be secured to one stake without crowding. I TOBACCO. I The sweet-scented Tobacco (Nicotiana affinis) is a desirable plant in a mixed border. It affords a delicious perfume in the evening, at which time the blooms are bright and fresh, although they look shabby in the daytime. Plaoe several plants together in moderately rich soil. PTRICTHRUMS. I Large roots having a number of flower stems ought to have some support to prevent them falling about. Cut off decaying flowers to give the plants a neat ap- pearance. I FERNS. I Pot on Ferns in the greenhouse or stove. Shade I and moisture are required, hence Ferns succeed best when standing on a moisture-retaining bottom. I SYRINGING AND SPONGUFU. All the inhabitants of the stov, with the exception of the Ferns, delight in copious syringings, which should therefore be given regularly morning and afternoon. At intervals when time can be spared, the sponge should be kept going. Insect pests may be thus be kept down, and the breathing pores of the leaves freed from dust and dirt. ASPARAGUS. I Asparagus should be cut sparingly now, and cutting should soon cease altogether. Give liquid manure to the beds, adding a little salt, or sprinkling it on the beds to be washed in. BEANS. I A last sowing may be made of Dwarf French Beans and Scarlet Runners. The latter are the most important as they come in for a late crop, thus pro- longing the season if earlv frosts do not crippls them. Turnips may be sown freely now on well-prepared ground. Draw drills, and before sowing use a little superphosphate or other artificial manure to hasten growth and prevent attacks of the turnip fly. CAULIFLOWERS. I Plant in good, rich soil, and afford liquid manure for establishing them. Examine the plants as plant- ing proceeds, so that by no mischance may blind plants be placed out. These are known by having ne leading erowth. H ENDIVE. A sowing may be made of a green curled variety in tich soil. Sow in drills lin. deep and 8in. or 9in. apart. Thin out the seedlings early. LETTUCES. Cabbage and Cos Lettuces should be sown in drills where the plants can stand. ONIONS. Finally thin spring-sown Onions, Hoe between the rows to keep the soil clean. Give dustings of soot in showery weather. CARROTS. The final thinning may be carried out. After- wards hoe the soil, and dust with soot or artificial manure for promoting growth. manure for promoting growth. PARSNIPS. Thin out the plants to the final distance-Ift. I apart will give room for the production of good roots. Mulch with short grass. BEET. The seedlings ought not to be allowed to become crowded before thinning. Keep a loose surface with the hoe. PLANTING OUT WINTER GREENS. Every opportunity should be taken to plant out a good stock of winter Greens as ground falls vacant. Plant in showery weather, but it is not necessary to wait for rain. Plant out whenever possible, and water. BAD CABBAGB. I To have Red Cabbage above the average in size and weight plenty of support must be given to the plants. They will take any amount of liquid manure, and the soil around them ought to be mulched. SOWING SEEDS IN HOT WEATHER. In hot, dry weather before sowing small seeds well moisten the ground. If sowing in drills, water should be poured along the latter. Fine, dry soil covered over the seed prevents rapid evaporation of moisture. STRAWBERRIES. Plants in bearing require a clean bed for the truit to rest upon. If a manurial mulching has not been applied a layer of clean straw must be given. Thin out small or deformed fruits. Give liquid manure where possible, or water in a dressing of artificial manure. Superfluous runners must be cut off, espe- cially from the youngest plants established this soring. Net over ripening fruit. I RED AND WHITE CURRANTS. I Shortening the summer shoots may gtill be carried out. Leave three pairs of good leaves. The leading growths should remain at fulHeogth until the winter pruning.



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