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
Vanguard.— This is a variety of Noblesse, and so similar to it that the fruits cannot be distinguished the one from the other. The only apparent distinction is in the habit of the trees, which in Vanguard is much more robust and hardy than in the Noblesse; and the maiden plants rise with a prominent leader, while the Noblesse. makes a roundheaded bush. Glands none. Flowers large.
Veloutee Tardive. See Nivette.
Violette Hative (English Galande; Hardy Galande). —This is evidently a variety of Bellegarde or French Galande, but is not so large in the fruit, and of a paler colour, although it also is of dark red colour next the sun. It may readily be distinguished by nurserymen, as it grows freely on the Muscle, while the Bellegarde requires the Pear-Plum or Brompton stock. It is a large and very excellent peach, ripening in the middle of September. Glands round. Flowers small.
Walburton Admirable. — Fruit large and round. Skin pale yellowish-green on the shaded side, and crimson, mottled with a darker colour, next the sun. Flesh yellowish-white, melting, juicy, rich, and highly flavoured. Glands round. Flowers small. Ripens in the end of September and beginning of October.
This is one of the best late peaches, and the tree is very hardy and a good bearer.
White Avant. See White Nutmeg.
White Magdalene (Madaleine Blanche; Montague Blanche).—Fruit medium sized, roundish, flattened at the base, and divided by a deep suture which extends from the base to the apex, and terminates in a very slight nipple, which is sometimes wanting. Skin easily detached from the flesh, yellowish-white in the shade, and delicately marked with red next the sun. Flesh white, with some yellowish veins running through it, which are tinged with red next the stone, from which it separates; juicy, melting, rich, sugary, and slightly vinous. Flowers large. Glands none. Ripe the middle of August.
White Nutmeg (Avant Blanche; White Avant).— Fruit small, roundish, terminated by a pointed nipple, and divided by a deep suture, which extends from the base to the apex. Skin white in the shade and lightly tinged with pale red next the sun. Flesh white even to the stone from which it separates; rich, sugary, and perfumed. Flowers large. Glands none. Ripe the middle of July.
Yellow Admirable (Abricotee; Admirable Jaune de Burai; Grosse Jaune; Grosse Peche Jaune Tardive; d'Orange; Peche d'Abricot; Sandalie Hermaphrodite; Scandalian).—Fruit very large, roundish, narrowing towards the crown, where it is somewhat flattened, and from which issues a shallow suture, which diminishes towards the base. Skin fine yellow in the shade, and washed with light red on the side next the sun. Flesh firm, deep yellow, tinged with red under the skin, and at the stone, from which it separates; and of a rich sugary flavour resembling both in colour and taste that of an apricot. Flowers large. Glands kidney-shaped. Ripe in the middle and end of October.
Yellow Alberge (Alberge Jaune; Gold Fleshed; Golden Mignonne; Peche Jaune; Purple Alberge).— Fruit medium sized, round, divided by a deep suture which extends from the base to the apex, where it termi-nates in a considerable depression. Skin adhering to the flesh, covered with fine down, of a deep rich golden yellow on a portion of the shaded side, and deep red on the other, which extends almost over the whole surface of the fruit. Flesh deep yellow, but rich vermilion at the stone, from which it separates, and of a rich vinous flavour. Flowers small. Glands globose. Ripe the beginning of September.
This in favourable situations succeeds well as a standard, and is frequently grown in nurseries under the name of Rosanna, but erroneously.