Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, and Plums form a quintette of dessert fruits very difficult to excel in richness and variety of flavour. A sun-warmed Apricot, ripe and mellow from the tree, and with an evening sky warmth of colour on its tawny skin, offers an enticing delicacy to the garden epicure. A plump, ruddy or swarthy Cherry, say of the variety Black Eagle, or Napoleon Bigarreau, or Elton, at once juicy and crisp, creates an appetite as little recking of the conventionalities as that of Oliver Twist. A Nectarine or a Peach, fresh softened on the wall, is a cup of Nature's own wine, giving a draught whose purity no alcohol-sodden system can fully enjoy. A real dessert Plum, say Transparent Gage, or Golden Drop, or Denniston's Superb - what can be said of it save that it is a perfect sweetmeat, such as the Rahat Lakoum can never equal!
Happy is the man who can manage to grow a collection of all these fruits on his garden walls, and another in pots for an orchard house. We have seen how garden trees are trained and pruned, and later on we may see how pot trees are managed. For the present, let us give attention to the varieties.