This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Owing to several severe frosts in the spring, after vegetation had got well under way, the orchards in North-western Pennsylvania show very little fruit. Some young orchard, favorably situated, presents an occasional exception; and the Northern Spy apple, producing a moderate crop among trees that this year have yielded nothing, shows the benefit of its late period of blossoming.
I have not eaten any fruit of the Le Conte pear, but I may bear witness to its rapid growth. I had given to me some grafts of it, sent from Georgia, towards the close of winter. They were buried in my grapery for over two months, and were somewhat shrivelled by keeping. I cut off a small Seckel pear, and put two grafts in stub about the last of April. And now, September 29th, the longest shoots are respect ively 66, 5S and 57 inches long, and the whole shoots and side branches show a growth of 49 feet of wood, which is doing well for a late season.