THIS is the latest addition to the admirable “Present-Day Gardening” series, edited by Mr. R. Hooper Pearson. It appears at an appropriate time and will interest as well as instruct all who are concerned with the culture of chrysanthemums, whether for pleasure or profit. Though there is no reference to the existence of the plant in English gardens before 1764, it was mentioned by Confucius five hundred years or so before the commencement of our era. In the first third of the nineteenth century, about fifty varieties were known to English growers; and no attempt had been made to raise new varieties from seed. The first novelties obtained from seeds were exhibited by Mr. I. Wheeler, of Oxford, in 1832; and since then hundreds of beautiful forms have been produced. In the volume before us, details are given as to the procedure in raising seedlings and creating new varieties; and also particulars as to the care of chrysanthemums in all stages of their growth. The book will delight and assist all growers of the plant, and is a valuable addition to a series which should be known to all lovers of gardening. There are eight coloured plates showing typical flowers, and lists of varieties for cultivation as decorative plants or flowers.


    T. Stevenson. With Chapters by C. H. Payne and C. E. Shea. Pp. xiv + 112. (London and Edinburgh: T. C. and E. C. Jack, n.d.) Price 1s. 6d. net.

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