Acton Scot

Fruit, small, narrow, and depressed at the top. Skin, pale yellowish white, marbled with bright red next the sun. Suture, well marked. Flesh, pale throughout, melting, rich, and sugary. Flowers, large. Leaves, with round glands.

A delicious little peach. Ripe in the end of August.

Admirable. See Early Admirable.

Albatross

Fruit, very large, three inches and a quarter wide and two inches and three-quarters high; round and symmetrical, depressed at the crown, and terminating in a small nipple, which is in the centre of the depression. Suture, shallow, distinct at the apex and gradually becoming less so towards the base. Skin, greenish yellow, becoming pale yellow covered with crimson, streaked and mottled with darker crimson, in the way of Barrington. Flesh, white, mottled with jelly-like patches, slightly stained with red at the stone, from which it separates, leaving a few strings; very juicy, tender, and melting, with a rich, delicious flavour. Flowers, large. Leaves, without glands.

A fine late peach, ripening in the end of September; but earlier than Lord Palmerston and Princess of Wales, to both of which it is superior.

Raised by Mr. Rivers, of Sawbridgeworth, from whom I received it in 1875.

Alberge Jaune. See Yellow Alberge.

Alexander

Fruit, about medium size; round, with a well-marked suture, which terminates at the apex in a deep depression, in which there is a small point. Skin, completely covered with bright red approaching to scarlet where it is exposed to the sun, and this is coloured with broken streaks and patches of dark crimson; on the shaded side it is yellow slightly stained with crimson. Stalk, inserted in a deep and wide cavity. Flesh, pale yellowish white, without any stain of red even round the stone, to which it adheres firmly; remarkably delicate and very juicy, with a fine briskly vinous flavour. Flowers, large. Leaves, with round glands, which have sometimes a tendency to be kidney-shaped.

A very early peach, which ripens in an unheated orchard-house from the 12th to the 20th of July. Its only fault is being a clingstone, for its flesh is so tender it quite melts before it can be separated from the stone.

It was introduced from America by Mr. Rivers, from whom I received it in 1878.

Alexandra (Alexandra Noblesse; Seedling Noblesse)

Fruit, of the largest size, round, and marked with a rather deep suture. Skin, covered with rough down, perfectly pale, without any trace of colour upon it except a few clusters of red dots on the side exposed to the sun. Flesh, white, quite pale at the stone, from which it separates freely; very tender and melting, juicy, richly flavoured and vinous. Flowers, large. Leaves, with round glands.

It ripens in the middle of August and forces well. Mr. Blackmore says "it is of no value here."

This noble peach was raised by Mr. Rivers from the Old Noblesse, from which it is readily known by its round glands on the leaves. Unlike the old variety, the tree is not subject to mildew, while the fruit has all the richness of the Old Noblesse.

The peach figured and described by M. Burvenich, in the Bulletin d'Arboriculture, second series, vol. iii., under the name of Alexandra Noblesse, and which has no glands on the leaves, is an error, for the distinguishing character of Alexandra is its round glands.