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.
In young clubs it should not be a point to get new facts, so much as to familiarize the members with common ones. This is best done by each member making original observations and repeating them, instead of studying from books. We were much interested in the way this is done in the Agricultural College at Lansing, Mich., as reported in the College Speculum.
" An illustrated paper was presented on ' A Comparison of the Flowers of Apple Trees with those of Pear Trees,' by F. F. Rogers. In general the apple flowers are larger than those of the pear. The sepals of apple flowers are shorter and broader than those of the pear. In both the sepals are more or less woolly. The sepals of pears are at least half as long as the petals, and are usually quite long and taper-pointed. Their stamens' are not very unlike. The most marked difference is seen in the styles. In the case of the apple the styles are united from one-fourth to one-half of their length, forming a stalk or stipe; while in the pear the styles are distinct to the base. The calyx tube of the pear is somewhat globular, while that of the apple is urn-shaped".
Here is information, communicated by a college student. The facts no doubt numbers have seen, but which very few, probably, really knew.