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GARDEN GOSSIP. Those who have not yet grown the pretty pink Hybrid Tea Rose Killarney should (says The Gardener ") make a point of obtaining this charm- ing variety. Plants of Malmaisons rooted in early spring are now producing a number of useful blooms. Two year old plants that have been jotted on will, if kept in a temperature of front 45deg. to 56deg., continue to flower throughout the winter. Give young Tomatoes all the light possible, and do not unduly crowd them, or they will be useless for early fruiting. When ordering plants for forcing do not forget that charming old favourite Staphylea colchica. A little care bestowed upon the old Chrysanthe- mum stools now will be well repaid when flower- ing time comes round again. Remember that fine cuttings may reasonably be expected to result in fine plants. Grapes of the Muscat class should always be planted in inside borders, as cultural requirements are more easily provided when the roots are thus controlled. Many impoverished lawns would derive con- siderable benefit if dressed at this season with basic slag. Give Cyclamens producing their flowers gentle heat; they are apt to damp and become stunted in a low temperature. Salvia splendens is one of the best plants for blooming at the present time; after the flowers have fallen the calyces are very bright and durable. Choistya ternata is a splendid flowering shrub for the cold greenhouse. When planted out it is I quite hardy in many districts. Never plant Figs in loose rich borders of un- limited extent; this is especially applicable to those it is intended to grow under glass. Keep Disa grandiflora growing freely; if dried to any extent now the growths will be weakened and refuse to flower. For heating small houses there is no better boiler than the Kind known as the Loughborough; it is economical and efficient. Remember to strike a few cuttings of Goose- berries and Currants; they will come in useful either for forming new plantations or filling gaps in the old ones. POINSETTIAS.-Though it is not safe to transfer plants with fully expanded bracts to cool conser- vatories, as is customary in the south, the plants will nevertheless be found to continue in condition longer if a lower temperatuie and drier atmos- phere than that of the plant stove is accorded them. Little water is at this stage wanted at the roots. AZALEAS.—Plants in flower, and those that are coming forward, require abundant supplies of water. If any appearance of thrips is seen the plants should be laid on their sides and abundantly syringed with warm soapy water. ROSES.—It is now time to protect the more tender of these by drawing some of the soil round their stems, placing Bracken among the shoots, and as an old-fashioned precaution covering the soil with a 6in. layer of littery manure. SHRUBS.—Any tender flowering or foliage shrubs of value should also be protected at once. Not infrequently any virtue following this practice is discounted by too fearful attendants applying the protecting material weeks before it is required, thus weakening the plants. Applied now, when there is a complete cessation of growth, it does no harm, and in the case of moderately severe frost is certainly effective; though in long-continued hard visitations it must not be expected that any simple method of protection will save tender sub- jects. HousE PLANTS.—Crotons, variegated Pines, variegated Ficus, and other tender subjects are much valued at this season, and if the plants have previously been prepared by a lowered tempera- ture and less water at the roots, it is surprising how well they stand in warm rooms, providing plenty of light reaches them. At the same time it is unwise to let any of these remain longer than five to seven days without changing. ISOLEPIS GRACILis.-This is a valuable furnish- ing plant, but it ought not to be placed in any position where water cannot be supplied liberally, and is best when stood in a saucer kept full of water. PANDANUS VEITCHII.-This forms a splendid subject for apartments, but it must be kept quite dry at the roots, or the result will be very dis- heartening. SEAKALE.-To come on quickly, this useful vegetable must still be forced in a warm house; but if not already done a batch should be placed in the cooler Mushroom house to succeed the earliest lots. VICTORIA KALE.—Where there is a shortage of Spinach, leaves of this very fine strain of Scotch Kale will be found an excellent substitute. In fact, as a first rate vegetable on its merits it may be used all through the winter and spring, selecting, however, as a matter of thriftiness the best leaves only and not cutting over the plants. LIFTING VEGETABLES.—As we must be sus- picious from this date of the earth becoming hardened at any moment by frosts, the practice of lifting supplies of Celery and Leeks, and storing them meanwhile in cool sheds, should be adopted. In the case of autumn Cauliflowers still to cut and winter Broccoli, itjis of much service to be able to lift those that are heading and to lay them in any cool structure available. MUSHROOMS.—As long as mild weather con- tinues employ little fire heat. At the same time, if the heat derived from newly-made beds cannot keep the temperature of the house above 50deg., or say about 55deg., the heating appartus must be depended on, with an additional amount of atmospheric moisture to counteract its drying qualities. RHUBARB.—Clumps will come on slowly in the Mushroom house from this time. Inexperienced hands are apt to water the roots too abundantly at this season, a practice that delays cutting. ON PLANTING CLIMBERs--There is no better time in the year for planting climbers out of doors than December, as they have plenty of time to get established, and this is not always so when the matter is deferred until after the turn of the year. p Prepare the ground before procuring the plants, whatever they are, as in the case of hardy sub- jects it is always well to remember that a little extra trouble bestowed at the time of planting brings its own reward especially do these remarks apply to creepers and climbers on house walls, where the whole of the compost has to be brought, and frequently before one can make a start, not a little of the builder's rammel has to be cleared away, and a good soil substituted. So much de- pends on a good start with climbers, details of this description should not be lost sight of in the anxiety to get the plants in. anxiety to get the plants in.





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