Currants, Gooseberries, and Raspberries - for the last named may be classed amongst the bush fruits as a matter of convenience, and without seriously straining a point - do not give any serious trouble in selection, except perhaps to meet the case of the man, happily not often encountered, who wants the names of fifty or sixty Lancashire prize Gooseberries, with their colours.
Now the fruits named are everyday sort of things, very rarely taken much notice of, except when they are in bearing; but it is just as easy to grow good varieties as bad ones, and much more profitable; therefore, let us dissect the catalogues.
Three good Reds. Comet. Raby Castle (Victoria). Red Dutch.
One good Red. Raby Castle.
Three good Blacks. Baldwin's. Black Naples. Lee's Prolific.
One good Black. Lee's Prolific.
A good White. White Dutch.
Two good market varieties. Baldwin's. Red Dutch.
Five for gathering green. Crown Bob. Keepsake. Lancashire Lad. Whinham's Industry. Whitesmith.
One for gathering green. Whinham's Industry.
Four for flavour. Bright Venus, white. Early Sulphur, yellow. Pitmaston Greengage, green. Red Champagne, red.
Six very large varieties. Antagonist, white. Catherina, yellow. Dan's Mistake, red. Leveller, yellow London, red. Stockwell, green.
A good sort for preserving. Red Warrington.
There are many Raspberries, but only dozen or so are in general cultivation, and several of these are really hardly worth growing, considering how much superior two particular varieties are:-
Six of the best Raspberries. Baumforth's Seedling. Carter's Prolific. Hornet. October Red. Superlative. Yellow Antwerp.
Two of the best Raspberries. Carter's Prolific. Superlative.
A good autumn bearer. October Red.
A good sort for preserving. Semper Fidelis.