25 NOVEMBER 1932, Page 13


Though it is not yet in commerce, those who have seen it in flower this season speak with the highest enthusiasm of the Chinese autumn flowering Gentian that was brought back on his last trip by Mr. Kingdoms Ward. This tribe of Gentian is the making of the small rock garden in autumn as the Saffron crocus makes spring of the grass plot ; and we shall now have an every month reason to bless this inveterate plant gatherer. He is off again early next year to a part of Thibct that has not yet been botanically visited. One of the hopes is that be may find various-coloured primulas of the Florin& type. That flourishing flower is now lusty and cheap and a real acquisition, but held infericir—I -believe—to more colourful relations, one of which has been grown from seed in England, but