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the sun being tinged of a bright copper colour. Above was one expanse of gold, green, purple, and crimson, while the setting rays of the sun were relieved by the dark brown masses of trees, the dull brown of the sycamore enlivened by the bright orange leaf of the elm. “After the pleasures you have had this day, Adam,” said his mother, on their return home, “you cannot much regret the coming-in of autumn. It is true it tells of the decaying year; the mornings and evenings get more chilly and saddened by mists and fogs, and our merriest songsters have deserted us; yet, like the age of well-spent youth, it has its beauties, and brings with it appropriate blessings.” “Yes," added Mr. Stock; " when we consider the fine showy colours of the flowers, the beautiful varieties in the foliage of the trees, the brilliancy of the sunsets, with the temperate heat of the day, and the delicious fruits that are ready to drop into our mouths, who could, with justice, feel dissatisfied with the autumn months ?”

CHAPTER VIII.

“There is a fearful spirit busy now.”

BARRY CORNWALL.

The last months of autumn are always busy months in the garden. Not only have the crops of all kinds for winter use to be gathered in and properly stored, but the foresight of the gardener is called into full operation, as upon his arrangements now will depend all his early crops of the next year, as well as the timely blossoming of his flower borders. This

was carefully impressed on Adam's mind by his father, who also urged him to devote a little time every day to noting down the operations upon which they had been engaged. “All young persons,” said Mr. Stock, “should devote a short time to putting down on paper the occurrences of each day and their thoughts upon them, doing this in as clear and simple language as possible. Let them once acquire this habit, and no difficulty will occur in after life to destroy it."

During the month of October they nearly finished putting in their winter crops. A bed of beans were sown, to be transplanted into rows an inch and a half apart; when about two inches above the ground, these were protected by hand-glasses when there was any appearance of frost. A few rows of early Charlton peas, to ripen in May, were sown in a south border, an inch and a half below the surface, and covered with straw, or pea-haulm, when the frosty nights set in. The lettuces, sown in August, were transplanted; a few under frames. The small cauliflowers were planted three together, so as to be covered by one hand-glass on wet and cold nights. New beds were prepared for cabbage plants, the ground being well manured, and dug one spade deep, and the plants placed two feet apart. The asparagus beds were dressed, the stalks being cut down to the ground, and the weeds in the alleys hoed away; the old beds were then covered with manure, well rotted, the alleys dug one spade deep, and the earth scattered over the beds. When this was done, a row of cabbages was planted in each alley. The flower borders were now dug up, the perennial plants neatly trimmed, or the roots divided, and the bulbs planted; the crocuses, and commoner sorts of tulips, which had been taken up when done flowering, and carefully

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