Pretty free blooming bulbs that are suitable for the cool green- house. They are generally known aa Cape Cowslip. Pot in autumn using four or five bulbs in a 6-in. Pot, or more round the edge of a hanging basket.
Use a compost of three parte fibrous loam and equal parts leaf-mould and sharp sand. Grow in a sunny position on a shelf or suspended from the roof of the greenhouse.
Feed with weak liquid manure when the flower spikes begin to show. After flowering, move the pota to a sunny frame and gradually withhold water. Repot annually. Some of the best species are:
L. pendida, red, green and purple.
L. Nelsoni, yellow.
L. vivlucea, violet and green.
Laelia. These are stove orchids,named after Laelia, a vestal virgin, because of the delicacy of the flowera. The genus is allied to Cattleya, and these two groups are responsible for a number of the best modern hybrids. (For culture see, ORCHIDS.)
Lemon-scented Verbena. A deciduous shrub with fragrant foliage, generally grown in rooms or greenhouses, although in sheltered parts of the country it will grow outdoors.
Pot in March in a compost of two parts loam, one part leaf-mould and some sand. Propagate by cuttings pulled off the stem when about 4 in. long and inserted in sandy soil under a bell-glass in a temperature of 05 degrees.
Leucodendron. Greenhouse evergreens, grown for the beauty of their silky silvery leaves.
Pot in March in equal parts sandy loam and peat with the addition of a little charcoal. Propagate by seeds sown in sandy peat, or by cuttings of firm shoots taken in summer.
Livistonia. Greenhouse palm suitable for indoor cultivation. Repot in spring in a compost of equal parts loam, peat and silver sand. Propagate by seeds sown in sandy peat in early spring.
Lycoris. Greenhouse bulbs allied to the Scarborough Lily. Pot in equal parte of loam and leaf-mould with some sand, and when desired increase by removing the offsets, or by seeds.
Flowera of the various species vary from yellow to red aud pink and lilac-blue. These plants will also bloom outdoors under the shelter of a south wall.
Mandevilla. These are greenhouse climbing plants with fragrant white flowers. Plant in February in a compost of loam and peat in equal parts, in a temperature of 40 to 60 degrees. They like a sunny position at the foot of a pillar.
Prune back to the base after the flower-lug period. Increase by cuttings of well ripened shoots inserted in sandy peat in a temperature of 70 degrees in summer.
Manettia. Stove evergreen shrubby and herbaceous plants grown for their showy flowers and climbing habit. Plant from February to March in a compost of loam, peat, broken charcoal and silver Band in equal proportions. Give them plenty of water during the growing period.
After flowering they should be cut back. Take cuttings of young shoots and insert in a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees in summer, or by seeds sown in February or March in a temperature of 55-05 deirreea.
Maranta. Stove herbaceous plants grown chiefly for their beautiful foliage. Repot in early spring in a compost of two parte loam, one part leaf-mould and sand.
They like plenty of water in summer, and a temperature of 75 degrees, with less water in winter and a temperature not less than 55 degrees. Increase by division of the roots when repotting, standing them for a few weeks after division in a temperature of 70 degrees.