11 JULY 1931, Page 14

- This is but one instance. Others are of more

general appli- cation. That lovely and most lusty rose, as gay in foliage as in petal, Madame Edouard Herriot or the Daily Mail rose, has spread throughout the country only less quickly than the early climbers, with Dorothy Perkins in the lead. We shall see, I

hope, a like extension of Mermaid, one of the most wonderful of all roses, for its big blossoms will appear at Christmas. Perhaps the most remarkable extension of all is of the Allwoodii carnation. It was not so many years ago when Mr. Allwood crossed the carnation proper with so-called border pink. The variety of Allwoodiis is now beyond reckoning; and the hum- blest gardens, to the increase both of colour and scent, possess a variety or two. Now carnations and roses are almost as easy to raise from cuttings as poppies from seed, and a yet wider and more rapid spread might be stimulated. Why should not some village organisation, say a Women's Institute, or Service Club, inspire the creation of a communal garden, where plants could be multiplied for the sake of the community? It Could be done by voluntary service and at next to no expense. , W. Baca Thos.