PLANTING SEED:—I'm all for coldframe planting from now on. I don't close the frame tightly but leave it open an inch or so for ventilation. Closed frames in winter cause species iris seed to rot, so I don't want to take chances. Any snow that falls I shovel into the frames on top of the seedbed. As soon as there is some germination I close the frame nights to keep seedlings from getting nipped. They come up so much quicker in frames, have longer to grow and are bigger at transplanting time; so more of them bloom the next year. I planted some seed in flats stored in an open-sided shed, covered with screening or lath and kept constantly moist until freezing weather, but those in frames showed much earlier germination. Flats and frames are lots easier to weed, too, and don't tie up valuable space for another year while you are waiting for tardy seeds to come up. Viola Kallenbach, Mt. Vernon, Ind. AIS Bulletin 116(January 1950):55.