FLOWER GARDEN. - Herbaceous calceolarias are among the most gorgeous of all the herbaceous plants we possess for the decoration of the conservatory and greenhouse during summer.  Plants in store pots to be shifted, and the compost to be chiefly turfy loam, with not more than a fourth part of peat and leaf mould added.  It is a good precaution against the possibility of damping at the collar to use a very sandy mixture at the top of the pots,
about an inch in depth.

Dahlias may be started in a gentle heat for cuttings.  Lay the tubers on the soil over a tank in a propagating house, or on a bed of warm hops or dung, and when the shoots are two inches long, take them off and strike them.

Evergreen shrubs should not be transplanted or in any way disturbed for a few weeks hence.

Hollyhocks in cutting pots to have a shift to 48-sized pots and the soil to be chiefly loam.  Keep them in the greenhouse or warm pit for a week after shifting, then they may go to a cold frame.

Strong plants in pots may be planted out.  Layering of hardy shrubs may be practised now for increase of stock.  Draw down a suitable branch and peg it to the ground, to mark where the tongue should be cut.  Then enter the knife on the underside and make an incision half through the wood, and turn the knife towards the top of the shoot, and cut a slit an inch or an inch and a half long;  peg it down firm, and cover the tongue with an inch or two of soil.

Roses to be planted as soon as possible.  In light soils, standards will thrive better if some clay is dug in with the manure.  Roses on their own roots need a lighter soil than briars.  Roses will not thrive unless the ground is effectually drained, deeply stirred, and liberally manured.