CHIMONANTHUS FRAGRANS.--Winter Flower. Japan, 1766. This Japanese shrub

is certainly one of the most remarkable that could be brought under

notice, the deliciously fragrant flowers being produced in abundance

during the winter months, and while the plant is yet leafless. Being of

slender growth, it is best suited for planting against a wall, the

protection thus afforded being just what is wanted for the perfect

development of the pretty flowers. C. fragrans grandiflora has larger

and less fragrant flowers than the species, and is more common in