This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. J. W. Kerr, Denton, Md., sends, August 13th, a peach branch with six leaves and terminal flowers. It is an excellent illustration of morphological law. An ordinary peach bud is an arrested branch. The little brown scales covering the petals are arrested leaves. In this case the " arrested branch " has grown a little after having been partially on its road toward a flower. The branch grew after the petals were formed and before the bud scales were established, and therefore they are now true leaves. This specimen furnishes the valuable lesson which we do not know has ever been taught before, that in the transformation of primordial leaves to flowers, petals are formed before any steps are taken to make the bud scales. We see here the order in which the business is carried on.
We have seen similar growths in the apple, but this is the first instance in a peach.