This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Last month we thought proper to refer to the unpardonable want of knowledge in the editorials of daily newspapers, wherein, of all the departments one might reasonably look for correct information. That was about indigenous and exotic flowers. Here is a piece from an editorial of another daily:
"One of the peach growers of Delaware, who backed up his opinion that there would be no crop this year by selling the fruit of his orchard in advance for five dollars, is now grieved to observe that all the buds with the ' fatal black spot' in them have blossomed. While it is unwise to count one's chickens before they are hatched, it is equally unwise to treat them as dead before they have had a chance to live."
If the Editorial writer had taken the trouble to get down his Encyclopaedia of Agriculture, he would have found that the "fatal black spot" seldom goes farther than the gyncecium, leaving the calyx and corolla unharmed. Unfortunately a Peach flower without a gyncecium is of about as much use to a peach raiser as is an addled egg to a poultry fancier. That "Peach Grower of Delaware" is simply crying for an addled egg. Perhaps a few buds may have preserved their reproductive organs, when the majority had "the black spot," and there may be a few peaches, but the "germ" or gyncecium once blackened can never give a peach.