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.
Mr. D. S. Myers, Bridge-ville, Del., says: "I send you by mail this day one wild goose plum. I notice in Gardener's Monthly that there is some question about the true wild goose. I hope you will have a number of these plums sent you, so you can form an opinion about them. The fruit I sent you last year and this are grown on trees I purchased five or six years since from a nursery in Mississippi. Late frosts cut off all early-blooming fruits with us, including the plum, or I would have sent you a sufficient quantity for better inspection. In an old number of Journal of Horticulture (now discontinued, was published at Boston) you will find a long article on plums of the South and wild goose plums. This article in Journal of Horticulture is from a leading horticulturist of standard authority. I think if it was republished it would do much to settle the question about the true wild goose plum. The wild goose plum cannot withstand any more frost when in bloom than the budded peach. The tree on its natural roots grows very rapidly on land in sod, where the peach tree will die in a few years if not cultivated. The fruit is subject to injury by the curculio, but not so much so as other firmer varieties of Northern plums.
Grown on peach stock the trees are very rapid growers, and can be better cultivated if desired; or if not desired to be kept under clean culture like a peach orchard, should be on their natural roots, or budded on plum; but on their natural roots will no doubt do better on all the thin, sandy land of the South.
[This was a very good plum, but we do not want any more " wild goose plums." Everybody has the "true one," and yet we get no two alike. The only way out of this snarl is to drop the name "wild goose," and re-name the whole lot over again from grafted plants, with a proper pedigree to each stock. This seedling business has mussed the whole race. - Ed. G. M.]
Peasgood's Nonsuch Apple, is the subject of a colored plate in the Florist and Pomologist, and is represented as one of the handsomest autumn apples they have. As figured, it is 13 inches round, and of a deep orange color, with crimson stripes on the sunny side. It is said to be "an apple of good quality."