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flowers of the pale syringa, with its some of the flowers that have been scent of orange blossom ; and the lit- found best suited for this kind of tle crimson China, and the clear pink vase, roses, and then the roses de Meaux; It seems to me that height should the delightful sweet-briar, and even not be attempted. A good arrangeits single flowers; daphnes, and ment is to place first in the vase, fringy deutzias; the exquisite white either a branch of rose-leaves, or a azaleas, and all their attendant train bushy piece of myrtle, or of some of lovely and early flowers; and the such-like green, just to fill the great garden violets, and the spikes centre without standing up, and to of heath, and the old white pinks, keep the flowers and leaves properly and the shining lilies, the sweet old in their places. dark-brown wallflowers, and the The ferns will always then wave bowery honeysuckles in every cot- widely enough around, and a few tage garden; the exquisite briar- sprays of heath or epacris, of graceroses, and the abounding green. ful blue and white bell-shaped

It is really pleasant to think about flowers, such as the campanulas such things—even to have them pass and beautiful lily tribes; Wistain mental review before one.

riâs, again, and pale rose acacias By way of a contrast now,

and

are all most exquisite, both for again repeating so far what is else- leaves and flowers, when laid in where said, I will next describe a very large, fan-like layers all round the graceful and cool-looking arrangement for a dinner-table in the hottest Few things are actually more days of the London season, when fresh and beautiful than vases filled cool and refreshing things are most entirely with white and rose acacias, to be desired.

the central and larger bouquet comIn this design both vases and bining both amidst their own pale arrangement conspire to the same leaves. Wistariás and laburnums, end—the vases being made of frosted even, are beautiful .where a pretty glass and of crystal dew-drops, with simple group is all that is required. the especial purpose of looking Roses, fuchsias, lilies, and passion really ice-like.* The chief idea in flowers; the lovely wreaths of the the design of these is, that while pre- Peruvian climbing-lily, or senting a pile of fruit, lying on cool coloured Lapageria; sprays of droopthick leaves, such as might be dis- ing orchids and of summer climbers, turbed as readily as any other fruit- even the great white bindweed dish, the flowers or ferns above wreathed around the stem-all these would make a gracefully-waving are beautiful. shade, without that interruption of Sometimes, again, the places the view across the table, which is

reversed, and

grapes always found so much of a dis- having been placed to hang from comfort.

the upper vase, with their long The accidental advantage, also, wreaths of leaves, the dish below of a few sprays of fern and wreaths may be filled with water-lilies, floatof drooping roses, being sufficient ing on their own wave. flowers; and the wide limit left for One arrangement which always the use of much or little fruit, will, answers very well is, however, that I think, make the arrangement use- of the first-mentioned ferns, placed ful for either large or small require- lightly and yet abundantly, to droop ments.

around the vase, and to overshade I therefore proceed to describe the white and purple grapes in the

dish below. Perhaps, indeed, the Although the vases here described are made purposely in one piece, their

very loveliest vase that I ever saw arrangement can be imitated most readily

contained ferns alone; but then that by a tall flower-glass, of a graceful tapering

was in the very hottest weather, form, spreading out widely at the upper

when green, fresh foliage was above lip-set in a low, wide, round dish which all refreshing would contain the fruit, or for a drawing

In colder weather more red beroom table another supply of flowers. comes desirable: rose-coloured and

rose

may be

white camellias, heaths and red To agree well with this, the othor poinsettias, hyacinths and red tulips vases might then contain white - these are amongst the flowers to roses whilst these might be broken which we have to fly.

up with red and crimson flowers, or Then, again, we may take the bright red fruit peeping out through lower dish for flowers, and filling it leaves, might continue the brilliant with hyacinths, with snowdrops, colour. moss, and blue-bells, we may make Smaller vases, it they are used, such a bouquet as will last us half standing all round the table, might the winter.

be filled with fairy roses, sweet little A zinc pan made to fit into the roses de Meaux, and white noisettesdish, either in two pieces or passing so exquisite for those baskets which overhead, would answer for this white little china figures carry upon most perfectly, and the flowers, their heads. when grown in pots, may be trans- The second, a wintry design for planted safely.

decking out these vases and their There are, however, two special accompaniments, looks, I know, arrangements I wish to recommend. most brilliant. The first of all, roses, is for a summer A thick fringe of green is laid in group; the dishes in all cases being the centre vase, and all around it filled with fruit grouped around the runs a ring of waving sprays of base, the roses have to be arranged hyacinths or heaths, of the palest above, in their own many shades. rose and white. Next to these

White Banksia rose is admirable comes a circle of white camellias, or for entwining part of the vase itself; of tulips, of which four or five are the pale, shell-tinted Ruga roses, the enough, with a fringe of fern-leaves, exquisitely-shaped noisettes, the long made to stand up above them. multifloras, the old sweet Pæstum, Then a group of heaths or hyacinths and the shaded Blarii, are also, again, and one or two bright rose some of them, abundant every- camellias or tulips, forming a sort of where, while they are all first rate crown rising up still higher. In this for graceful growth and beauty. design the ferns keep up the wide

Tea roses, moss roses, the Pro- impression, and take off the appearvence, and the various varieties of ance of a too great height. the China sort, all give many flowers But for dinner-flowers, and for worthy of a place; but those drawing-room vases, there are so which I name first deserve some many kinds that no lists can be pre-eminence for their dark, healthy full. Ivy-leaved geraniums, though foliage, as well as for their beauty common, are very exquisite, each or their peculiar sweetness.

kind being placed separately in a Suppose the central vase grouped vase, to represent a plant. Heaths with crimson roses or the sweet and ferns, again, and even scarlet, pink moss, gathered in the centre- mixed with white geraniums, are large clusters of the drooping Bank- more fresh and cool than any one sia all around the edge, and little would suppose; while wreaths of bunches of pink flowers, like the clematis, woodbine, and many other centre rose, here and there appear- graceful climbing plants, make very ing; the dish below heaped up with charming fringes drooping around a purple grapes, surrounded at the top by a wreath of their own leaves.

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ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DOOR.

A Story of First Labe.

BY THE AUTHOR OF 'OUESIN STELLA;''WHO BREAKS, PAYS,' ETC.

CHAPTER I.

ON

THE DAY DREAM. a fine brisk April afternoon, taves follows—then comes a rush of

some dozen years ago, a young notes, warbling, twittering, trilling, Italian painter, Romeo Graziosi by one over the other; a concert given name, was seated in his atelier on by birds (music by Henselt) in some the fifth story of a house, one of the forest glade, to a fresh, clear, trickwhitest and most cheerful-looking ling, merry rivulet : at least this in the long Rue de Clichy. This Was what was pictured on the wide street takes its rise in the semi- expanse of Romeo's imagination. aristocratic neighbourhood of the * Brā-vo!-brā-vo! Is it la Clauss, Chaussée d'Antin, and pursues its or Goria, or Prudent-Chopin ? Mais, sinuous course until it debouches mon cher, c'est charmant!' exclaims into the unmitigated democracy of Ernest, lifting his head from his Batignolles; the rich source and the cane, and wagging it scientifically. poor outlet being connected by the 'It is not bad,' returns the Italian. central region appropriated to the How?-not bad! Thou art difprison for debt. It is alike a com- ficult to please. It is astonishing, prehensive and a suggestive street; ravishing, of the first quality of tait is also a good perch for youth lent. Let us see—is it in the house making progress either way.

opposite? Is it in the first, second, Romeo Graziosi is not alone. On third, fourth, fifth ? One can never a chair or rather half on, half off a say whence sound cometh. Come, chair-is his friend Ernest, a small then, Romeo, make me a confidence; Frenchman, preserving his balance for thou knowest, hypocrite. I wager by the cane between his knees, the a hundred to one that it is a woman, neat little hairy chin of his neat young, and lovely as a houri. Thou little face resting on the massive openedst thy window ten minutes knob of the thick cane. He might ago, in defiance of this chilly wind. ride on that cane.

Ah! ha, ha! Romeo, I see-I unThe long windows of Romeo's derstand that is it.' studio are open, in spite of the Romeo pouted a little, then, with sharp spring air-Romeo says, to the confiding spirit of twenty-four, let in the scent of the lilacs in bloom and being perhaps a little glad to which he has placed in the small talk the matter over, he imparted to balcony.

his companion that the pianist unFor a wonder, neither of the young doubtedly was a woman; assuredly men is smoking. Ernest is armed young, by her figure and gait; but cap-à-pie for a visit of peculiar inte- Romeo had never been able to see rest; and Romeo's face wears that her face, though he had lain in wait impatient expression which steals for her at corners of streets with over even the best-disciplined fea- vigorous, vigilant curiosity. The tures when the absence of a visitor charming sounds came from the is ardently desired. Not only Ro- sixième opposite.

How hard the meo's countenance, but his very Unknown worked !-practising for manner of sitting, showed in panto- hours before breakfast, even all mime his wish that Ernest would through the dark winter months

and without light; going out reguBr-r-oumm!-brroumm! say suc- larly every morning at eleven, recessively two great, massive, arpeggio turning in the afternoon, practising chords on a piano over the way. The again, and, as a general rule, through vibration dies away-a flight of oc- the whole evening into the bargain.

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