This section is from the book "The Gardener V3", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
This is an immense descriptive catalogue of fruits cultivated by the author at Merriot Nurseries. It gives the synonyms and origin of each variety so far as known. The cultivation of each fruit is practically described. The subject of forcing orchards is also intelligently treated of, and select lists for different localities are given. If this work proves anything, it proves that there are far too many mere varieties in cultivation, and that what the inexperienced require more than anything is not "fat catalogues," but reliable selections for different localities. The ' Orchardist' contains much useful information to all who are interested in fruit-culture; and the remarks are interspersed with a considerable amount of facetious remarks and bantering argument in reference to some of the hobbies of his contemporaries, which might have been as well left out.