Crimson Rhododendron

This most effective flower should be made thus: Select about twelve petals gum the edge, draw ov er edge, let them dry, then gum the small bulb at base of pistil and stamens (called the "heart,")pass the stem of this through the opening of petals, draw down tightly, and let remain for a few mmutes to dry, cover tho stoir. with pale green paper, slightly bond the pistil and stamens that they may incline towards the central petal of the flower. A piece of strong wire about nine inches long is required on which to mount the flowers and leaves; arrange three flowers on the top of this with their backs to each other, leaving the flower stalk about two inches in length, tie this with silk, roll a little stem paper round and then place on three scales, cut from palest brown stem paper; other three flowers should be placed between those already fixed a little lower down. This order of arranging tho flowers to lie observed until the truss of flowers is complete. Cover foe stem with brown stum paj/er and arrange the leaves, beginning with the small ones in the same manner as directed lor the flowers, only that each leaf should he a little lower down than the last; they will require coloring, and for this use burnt sienna and Prussian blue, applied with a tinting brush, after« aids using the polishing brush; this w ill give them the gloss obser\ able in the natural leaf. Many of the rhododendrons are male of plain colored petals, but their beauty is much enhanced by spotting them ; the process is simple, and the direction for one will do for all, only varying the color used. Select the crimson with dark spots. Take in the hand a stamped flower, and having mixed some carmine, take a tinting brush and apply to the throe uppermost petals, taking care that the color becomes lighter towards the edge and deepening towards tho center, Now mix a little violet (moist) with carmine, and mark the spots as desired; this must, be done with a sin all sable brush. White rhododendrons spotted with yellow and brown, or lilac with green spots, make very striking v arieties.

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