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The lilac flowering buddleia (B. veitchiana) has been, and is still, blooming profusely In some gardens. It Is a vigorous shrub, produc- ing at the apex of every shoot flowering stems from 12 to IS inches long, covered with small bright lilac blooms. The fragrance of these flowers resembles that of the English lilac (Syringa vulgarls).

Ono of the beautiful flowering sages (Salvia farinácea) Is now in full bloom In the borders. This charming, dwarf plant produces a profu- sion of whito and violet flowers, on stalks well above the foliage, making a very attractive display. It is worth a good position amongst plants of similar height, on account of the un-

common colour of Its flowers.

A very fino and handsome herbaceous stone crop (Sedum spectabile) Is now in full bloom In some gardens on the eastern side of the Dividing Range. It is sometimes grown in rockeries, but unless the soil is deep and rich It does much bettor in the borders. Its stout stems, about 151n high, are clothed with broad, pale-green leaves, and surmounted with very large heads of pink flowers, produc- ing a pretty effect.

It Is a good time to prepare cuttings of any soft-wooded plants It" is desired to increase, such, for instance, as pentstemons, pinks, ivy leaved, and zonal pelargoniums, verbenas, wall-Sowers, etc. As soon* as the cuttings are prepared, insert them in a bed composed of sandy soil in n rather shady position. In dry weather they must be regularly and efficiently watered until sufficiently rooted to bear trans- planting.

The lato summer flowering dahlias should re- ceive attention. All superfluous and weakly growths should bo removed, and the flowering shoots neatly but firmly tied to stakes. Flower- ing plants will be benefited by receiving an oc- casional watering of weak liquid manure.

Chrysanthemums will also repay attention now, especially táoae grown to produce large blooms. Where the buds arc too numerous they should be liberally thinned out, taking care always to preserve the central or crown ones, from which tbo finest blooms arc usually de- veloped. Tho thinning out can bo expeditiously done with a pair of fine-pointed scissors.

In tho coast districts the first sowing of seed of tho taller-growing varieties of sweet pea may now be made, and if seed is sown at In- tervals from now till late winter, a contin- uous display of flowers can bo maintained from early spring until summer is well advanced. In the colder districts the seed should not be sown before July or August. Sweet peas do well and Bower profusely in any good garden soil, but they thrivo in deep, rich sandy loam. The seed should bo sown very thinly and evenly in a row in a sheltered but open posi- tion, and if tho seedlings grow too thickly the weaker ones should be removed. Wldc-mesh wire-netting is the best and most easily-fixed support on which to train tho stems of the sweet pea. ".^^¡JUilai

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