12 SEPTEMBER 1940, Page 14

Drought - Loving Plants That best of all dahlias, at least to

those who are not particularly fond of dahlias, the Bishop of Llandaff, has discovered a new virtue this year. It has flourished beyond the ordinary in a drought that has punished many other varieties. Both the darkness of the leaves and the brilliance of the scarlet flower seem more intense. A rose that has flowered finely in the drought has been Billy Boy, which, if the name be forgiven, has some claim to be the best yellow. Mermaid. the queen of climbers, was discouraged by the winter, with the happy result that it is approaching its best when other roses are waning. The greatest oddity in unseasonable flowering is the rock-rose. Many plants seemed to be quite dead in the spring, but slowly recovered and are flowering freely three or four months late. While there's Ide