Some of the choicest varieties of Plums rival the most delicious of dessert fruits in flavour, and it is a little to be regretted that collections of them are not oftener seen. There are hundreds of gardens in which the only Plum represented is Victoria. This is admittedly one of the grandest hardy fruits grown, but I cannot allow that it is good enough to represent the whole class, inasmuch as it is only suitable for cooking. Of course, it is eaten raw, but not by those people who have access to choice sorts. It will be well to set the Plums before us in two sections.

Fig. 51. Plum Transparent Gage.
Fig. 51. Plum Transparent Gage

Some Good Cooking Plums

Autumn Compote.

Belle de Septembre.

Cox's Emperor.

Diamond.

Early Orleans.

Gisborne's Prolific.

Monarch.

Pond's Seedling.

Rivers's Prolific.

The Czar.

Victoria.

White Magnum Bonum.

Here we have twelve, and they must be reduced a little.

Six Plums For Cooking

Cox's Emperor.

Gisborne's.

Monarch.

Rivers's Prolific.

The Czar.

Victoria.

Three Plums For Cooking

Rivers's Prolific.

Monarch.

Victoria.

One Early Plum, One Late Plum

Rivers's Prolific.

Victoria.

One Plum For Preserving

Gisborne's.

Four Plums For Market

Early Orleans.

Gisborne's.

Rivers's Prolific.

Victoria.

The Best Plum For A Standard

Victoria.

The Best Plum For A Wall

Victoria.

The Best Plum Ever Raised

Victoria.

Fig. 52. - Plum Magnum Bonum.
Fig. 52. - Plum Magnum Bonum

Some Good Dessert Plums

Angelina Burdett.

Belgian Purple.

Blue Imperatrice.

Bryanstone Gage.

Coe's Golden Drop.

Green Gage.

Jefferson's.

Kirke's.

Oullins Golden.

Purple Gage.

Reine Claude de Bavay.

Fig. 53. Plum Reine Claude De Bavay
Fig. 53. Plum Reine Claude De Bavay

Transparent Gage.

Washington.

A baker's dozen. Lucky the baker, or any other man, who has the whole thirteen.

Six Plums In Order Of Ripening

Belgian Purple.

Denniston's Superb.

Green Gage.

Early Transparent Gage.

Jefferson's.

Coe's Golden Drop.

Three Plums In Order Of Ripening

Belgian Purple.

Early Transparent Gage.

Coe's Golden Drop.

Three Good Damson Plums In Ripening Order

Farleigh Prolific.

Bradley's King.

Prune.