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I GARDEN GOSSIP. I (From the Gardener.") Tomatoes.—For filling plant houses which may not be needed for a month or two, strong, well grown plants may either be planted out or potted on into fruiting pots. They are less trouble when they can be planted out, and, if possible, provision should be made for this, especially when the planting is on a large scale. Cucumbers.—From this date thes'e can be readily grown in frames over slight hotbeds. The plants should, if possible, be strong, but we have been quite successful when sowing in the hillocks of warmed soil in the frames. See that the soil used in the centre of each light is open and rich. Smilax.-This is so useful that all should grow it. Sow seeds now in a pot or pan, prick off and grow on the seedlings in the usual way, train them on strings as growth demands, and useful material will be obtained for autumn and winter decorative work. Tuberous Begonias.—Tubers with growths showing may be planted during the ensuing week, 'at least in early districts three inches Helow the surface is a safe depth to plant, and previous to placing the tuber in position, arrange just a little flaky leaf soil in the hole for it to rest on, adding a little more above it when set. The Common Polypody.—This British fern is not as frequently seen in conservatories as it ought to be. Now is the time to secure it, and once established it will be greatly appre- ciated, especially during winter. It does not want sun, and flourishes in a dull corner where other plants would fail to grow. Perennial and Annual L-inarias.-Linaria-s are so interesting and beautiful, so easy to cultivate, and so useful for gathering, that it is sur- prising how few gardens contain them. A border planted with groups of all the kinds of perennials, with annuals added in summer, makes a pretty, instructive. feature. Perhaps the best of the perennials is L. repens alba, an eighteen-inch grower, which blooms all the summer; its delicate sprays of snowy bloom are delightful among scarlet or rose pink flowers in vases. L. vulgaris, two feet," has showy yellow flowers, and is fit for quite rough ground as long as there is sunshine. L. Alpina is the very dwarf purple and orange blooming familiar rock plant; L. pallida, all violet, is as small; L. Dalmatica is yellow again, and is handsomer, although dwarfer, than L. vulgaris. The annual L. reticulata aurea purpurea is purple and, gold, rather tall, but very light growing; there is a. crimson and also a white variety" of L. Maroccana, which is twelve inches in height. L. bipartita splendida is a red purple L. aparinoides is of gorgeous colour, and grows tall. There are annual Crimson and Gold, Snow White, and Golden Gem Linarias as well. The Aubrietias.—Among the many flowers 01 the day the Aubrietias stand pre-eminent in the garden for their adaptability to all forms of spring gardening. Some flowers are only for the border, some for the edgings, some for formal beds, some for walls alone. But the Aubrietia has a place in all these, and we can never use it too freely for spring gardening, especially as now we have a wonderful variety of colour and of shade. The darkest coloured varieties are Prichard's Al and Dr. Mules. Each has its value Prichard's Al as the larger flowered, and Dr. Mules as covering itself more freely with bloom. Great masses of the latter are delight- ful now, and will remain so for a long time indeed. For a deep red one, we have the choice of the fine Fire King, Leichtlinii, and some others. The former is a little too much inclined to grow loosely, and this trait requires to be kept in check by annual clipping back after flowering-a measure which should be adopted with all the Aubrietias. There are some beauti- ful rose coloured varieties, such as Leichtlin's Lavender Rose, or Moerheimii; and among the choicest forms we may reckon the exquisite Bridesmaid, with blush coloured flowers. When we come to blues and violets and pale purples, we are more than ever embarrassed with the choice; but Hendersonii, Graeca, the pretty deltoidea Wallacei, and the dwarf Tauricola should not be forgotten, and a new white variety of A. Tauricola will give us the good white I Aubrietia so long desired. There are many more, and one need only say that all the Aubrietias in the nurseries of first-class hardy plant growers are worth growing in everybody's garden. Iris Pun--Ila.Coming in about this time are the delightful little dwarf Flag Irises, mostly forms of 1. pumila, but some hybrids and other true species". Some are in flower before this date and, less effective though they are than the greater Flag Irises of the later season, they are charming things for the front of the border, for small beds, or for the rockeries. The true 1. pumila seems scarcer than it was, its place being often taken by I. pseudo-pumila, a hybrid of rather taller stature, but of greater value as well. Of the true pumila forms, which grow only about 4 inches high, one may recommend the type which has violet purple flowers; caerulea, which has its blooms of a delightful skv blue; the lovely little Count Andrassy, which has azure blue flowers, with darker falls, but which is 1 inch or 2 inches taller the pretty luteo-maculata, with brown falls and primrose standards, the falls being ornamented with a yellow margin and the pretty versicolor, with purple fallr- edged with blue, and sky blue standards. There are others, and those who wish still more of these dwarf Flag Irises may indulge themselves with some plants of the Olbiensis varieties, of which one may speak again. Give pumila varieties a sunny position and they will do well almost anywhere even on the top of a wall with but a modicum of soil. The Wood Anemones.—It is surprising how few gardeners know the different forms of ourown Wood Anemones, as we familiarly call the varie- ties of A. nemorosa. They are generally about their best at this time, although varying in different localities. Very beautiful are they, like the type with its snowy flowers, spread car- pet-like through so many of our woodland scenes. Naturally, in the garden we like to have something we cannot find every day in our country rambles, and in these forms we have many beautiful flowers. Here is a sheet of sky blue, as beautiful as any colour our own British skies can give in the witching spring of the year. This is A. Robinsoniana, a native form of our Wood Anemone, with beautiful blue flowers. From it, again, has been raised the fine A. nemorosa Allenii, now coming into the market, though expensive as yet. It has more purplish flowers, which are larger and grow on a taller plant. There is also A. n. caerulea, varying in tint of blue, which may be found in some of our woods. From it has come A. n. purpurea, with a s"hade of purple in the colouring. Blue Bonnet is another good blue Wood Anemone which in in the market; and there are several others not yet in the hands of the trade. Then we have rubra fl. pi., with rosy coloured flowers, not always true, however; Levingei, more constantly rose, but single, while the other is double. The double white Wood Anemone, A. n. alba plena, is a bonnie flower indeed while the element of quaintness in the species is given us by A. n. bracteata, the Jack-in-the-Green of the family, which has its white flowers surrounded by green bracts. Then there is a major, or larger form of the single white; with a few more uncon- sidered varieties of greater or less merit. Asso- ciate with these A. ranunculoides and A. r. pallida, of different shades of yellow, and it will be seen that our garden in early spring is not destitute of beauty, even if there is nothing in bloom besides the Wood Anemone.



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