23 FEBRUARY 1940, Page 14

A French Lily A 'scarcely credible example of plant-migration reaches

me from a soldier in France. The appearance of a strange lily found growing near the coast was reported to me last Septem- ber, but the description did not justify a guess as to its identity. It has now been identified, I am told, as Lilium Longiflorum, the lovely autumn-flowering St. Helena lily, of which I have more than once written. Can a bulb have survived a long sea journey? In any case, the appearance of this lily in such a place is remarkable. In England it must be taken into the house in winter.