This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The strangest thing in my pomological experience of twenty-five years has come under my observation recently.
Some years ago, for want of a more convenient stock, a Sops of Wine apple tree was grafted with several new varieties: Snepps, Celestia, Muster, etc. All are in bearing now, as the May frost which swept off the pears and thinned out the cherries, injured the apples but little - many varieties not at all.
Examining this tree lately, I was attracted by the fine appearance of the fruit on the lower branch, which had not been grafted. Pulling off some of the less perfect apples, as it was very full, and coming to a shoot hanging down with two fruits on the point of it, to my surprise one of them - the larger of the two - proved to be a finely shaped pear! It is distinct pyriform, dull red, and green like the unripe Sops of Wine apples; and of fair size - large indeed for the time of the year, July 1st.
One rod south of it is a Kirtland pear tree, which, though large enough, has never borne; and not having observed it closely last spring, I am unable to say whether it bloomed or not. But the hybrid (if such it be) has no resemblance to Kirtland, which is a roundish, yellowish russet pear, with the stem " inserted in a small cavity;" while the former has its stem inclined and joined to the neck by an enlargment and without depression, after the manner of Louise Bonne de Jersey and some others.
One of the interesting questions connected with the subject time may determine: whether the seed will be perfect or not.
[There is a similar case illustrated in plaster in the Government Department of the Centennial Exhibition, and to which our attention was kindly called by Mr. Seaman, of the Agricultural Department. In these cases it would be worth while trying by the microscope whether there was any other approach to the pear than the mere aberration of form indicated. The pear cell is very different from that of the apple in general character. - Ed. G. M.]