This section is from the "The Fruit Manual; Containing The Descriptions and synonymes of the fruits and fruit trees commonly met with in the gardens & orchards of Great Britain, with selected lists of those most worthy of cultivation" book, by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual
Fairchild's. — Fruit small, round, slightly flattened at the top. Skin yellowish-green, bright red next the sun. Flesh yellow to the stone, dry, and sweet. Stone nearly smooth. Flowers large. Glands kidney-shaped. Ripens in the beginning and middle of August; but it is of little merit, its only recommendation being its earliness.
Flanders. See White.
French Newington. See Old Newington.
Golden (Orange).— Fruit medium sized, roundish-ovate. Skin fine waxen yellow in the shade, and bright scarlet, streaked with red, where exposed. Flesh yellow, adhering to the stone, juicy, and sweet. Flowers small. Glands kidney-shaped. Early in September.
Grosse Violette Hative. See Violette Grosse.
Hampton Court. See Violette Hative.
Hardwicke Seedling. — Fruit very large, almost round, and sometimes inclining to oval. Skin pale green on the shaded side, entirely covered with dark purplish-red next the sun. Flesh greenish, with a tinge of red next the stone, melting, juicy, rich, and highly flavoured. Glands none. Flowers large. Ripens in the middle and end of August.
This was raised from the Elruge at Hardwicke House, near Bury St. Edmunds, and is one of the hardiest and most prolific of nectarines.
Hunt's Tawny (Hunt's Early Tawny).—Fruit rather below medium size, roundish-ovate, narrow towards the top, compressed on the sides, enlarged on one side of the suture. Skin pale orange, deep red next the sun, spotted with russety specks. Flesh deep orange, rich, and juicy. Tree hardy and prolific. Flowers small. Glands none. Ripens in the middle and end of August.
Imperatrice.—In size and appearance this has a considerable resemblance to Violette Hative; but the flesh is not so red at the stone as in that variety. It is very richly flavoured, and when allowed to hang till it shrivels —a property which few of the Freestone Nectarines possess—it becomes quite a sweetmeat. Glands kidney-shaped. Flowers small. Ripens in the beginning of September. The tree is hardy, and an excellent bearer.