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.
There is a large flowered and a small flowered class of peaches. Mr. Raphael Sherfey makes the important discovery that the large flowered kinds get through the early spring frosts better than the small flowered kinds. " The more is the pity," says friend Edwin Satterthwaite, for "all the good peaches are among the small flowerers".
In Gardener's Monthly for June, speaking of the greater hardiness of the large flowered peaches, Friend Sherfy is on the right track. Let us have a complete succession of large flowered kinds, and then we can have a crop of fruit through the entire orchard every season that fruit hits at all, instead of a few kinds full and the balance with few or none. The Craw-fords are fast losing ground here on account of shy fruitage. They make no money in comparison with large flowered varieties. Mr. Sat-terthwaite is slightly "off" when he says "all the good peaches are among the small flowers." Is not Early Rivers the best peach of the season? Are not Alexandra (not Alexander) Grosse Mignonne, Belle Bausse, Chinese Clings, Noblesse, Early York, Lord Palmerston, Princess of Wales, Old Newington, Osceola, Pavie de Pompone, Picquet's Late (unsurpassable in every respect; beats the Crawfords), good peaches? Though I would not recommend all of them, they indicate what may be accom plished. There is yet work for the originator. But there are some notable exceptions to the rule. There are no surer or better bearers than Early Louise, Troth's Early, Thurber's Family Favorite, Sal way, Lady Parham, Levy (Henrietta), all of which have small flowers.
We must be carefully discriminating, not following too much after general rules.