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I GARDEN GOSSIP. I (From The Gardener.1") Mignonette.—A few five or six-inch pots of this sown now will yield plants to flower at Christmas or early in spring, according to treatment. Soil consisting of three-parts of loam to one part of decomposed manure, or old hotbed, to which a little lime is added will grow this fragrant favourite well, sow thinly, and thin early. # Chrysanthemums.—A commencement may now be made in taking crown buds where large blooms are required. 0 See that all plants re- ceive proper support, the main stems receiving "e regular attention, or the tips of shoots will be lost during storms of wet and wind. Increase the supply of stimulants to bush plants, giving the food rather stronger and more frequently. Dahlias.—Continue to stake and tie as the growths extend, not allowing them to become too crowded if exhibition blooms are required the buds must be thinned. The Cactus- varie- ties may not need such drastic thinning as those in the Show and Fancy sections, but at least the poorest and worst placed buds should be removed. When planted in light soils water will be constantly needed, and this should be supplemented with applications of weak liquid manure. < < Yiolas.—It is a good plan at this season to go over these and reduce the straggling growths somewhat. This will be found to encourage the production of the basal shoots, which are so necessary for providing cuttings for the propagation of the different varieties. < < < Propagating Bedding Plants.—Continue to insert cuttings of Geraniums, Heliotropes, and Ageratums. Tender plants, such as Iresines, Alternantheras, and Coleuses are readily propa- gated now in cold frames, provided that the frames are kept close and shaded for a few days. J Pot Strawberries.—Efforts should be made to finish off the potting of these. The earliest batches will now be. growing freely and must be stood out in open quarters, or by the sides of paths, on a firm base. Allow ample room for each plant to grow, as crowding is sure, to result in weakly growth. « Summer Pruning.—This work may now be finished with all trees, whether growing on walls or in the open. It is bad practice to unduly shorten the growths, thereby causing the bottom buds to burst; if from five to eight leaves are left, according to the strength of the shoots, there need be little fear of this taking place. Raspberries.—The earliest canes that have fruited may at once be removed; at the same time thin down the new canes in accordance with the requirements for another season. < < Morello Cherries.—Before these have coloured, give the trees a thorough washing with the garden engine, using only clear water. Net early, as birds have a special liking for this fruit. Celery.—Finish earthing the earliest rows, so that the sticks may be in good condition for use in two or three weeks' time. Water the later plants whenever necessary. A little of the soil from the sides of the trenches: may be losened and brought round the plants, to a depth of two or three inches. Onions.—In some soils these will have ceased to grow, and may shortly be pulled up and laid out to thoroughly dry and ripen. This especially applies to spring sown plants outside. Those raised in boxes should not yet be drawn if in- tended for exhibiting, but they may have the heads laid down to -check top growth. East Lothian Stocks.—These sweetly scented flowers are now well in bloom, and an outlook should be kept for leaves that appear white on the upper surface, and underneath present the appearance of having been boiled. These are the effects of a leaf boring maggot; affected foliage should be removed and forthwith burned. Flower Beds.—These will now be quite filled up, and the more rampant subjects will be in- truding on their less pushing neighbours. A weekly inspection to pinch off- shootc, and regu- late growths will be needed for some time now, and to remove the decaying flowers of Chry- santhemums, Begonias, and Geraniums. As a rule, water will no longer be required, the cool nights reviving plants, and water after this period tending to soften growth and lessen flower production. Leeks and Celery for exhibiting should be earthed up to the greatest possible depth. For home use the former may have soil drawn to the stems, if not yet effected; and Celery for early autumn use should be earthed up. Early summer weather was the worst possible for the latter. < < Strawberries. — Extra plants of Royal Sovereign from layers should be planted on a warm border, where they will bear a fair crop of eary fruits. Yearling Strawberry beds as a rule do not pay; the old practice of digging between the rows tends to keep beds productive for a, long time. This work can be overtaken st any time now, the earlier the better for the succeeding crop. The stock of pot Strawberries should be completed by potting up the requisite number of layers immediately. < Grapesi Ripening.—In the case of Hamburghs not forced the colouring of the Grapes, will now be proceeding. Let them finish in leisurely fashion, aiding them by means of superphos- phated water, or soot. Muscats will probably require artificial heat during the evening and night, but if the crop is not needed within a specified time a very slight heat in pipes will suffice. Preparing Bush Fruits.—Last year it was necessary to change gooseberries and currants from one- quarter to another. At this date a spade was forced into the ground about 15 to 18in. from the stem of each bush, and all round, and by November, when transplanted, a network of young fibres had formed. This year the bushes are bearing a full crop. Sweet Peas in Water.—A new scheme for dinner table decoration is to have sweet peas and their foliage arranged in the white, china ware that bears the arms of .the city or country town. It will be found possible generally to make the flowers carry out the colours of the coat of arms, as red, blue, and a pale yellow can be sufficiently suggested by sweet peas. Prettier still is the effect gained by using small fancy baskets filled with the greenest of moss, in which, of course, small tins or bowk are hidden. All rose pink sweet peas springing gracefully out of cream baskets, shown up by the vivid moss green, are delightful, and a tiny bow of darker emerald green net, chiffon, or ribbon on each handle hoop above the blossoms will be an improvement. Silver sweet dishes can have very small china bowls placed in them, so filled and banked round with moss as to show nothing but the silver; sprays of sweet peas rising, rather tall, out of these will make another good table decora- tion. It is as well to connect one dish with another by a wave of ivy trail laid on the cloth, and a square, oblong, round, diamond, or heart shape can be thus outlined. With a silver centre lamp having a shade to match the sweet peas, no taller flower receptacles will be needed. For a drawing-room vase nothing can well ■eclipse the loveliness of a dazzlingly clear white eclipse the loveliness of a dazzlingly clear white glass bowl filled with white sweet peas and foli- age, and some sorrel sprays from the meadow. The sweet peas indigo king and navy blue are very striking arranged in copper bowls and vases; while any of the mauve sorts are shown at their best in gold or brass receptacles. Tur- quoise blue china with primrose sweet peas and dark ivy will not fail to please, while deep green glasses suit all kinds of sweet peas except the blues.

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