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.
Allow me to call attention to this new and, I fancy, but little known fruit - a seedling raised some years ago by Mr Rivers of the Saw-bridgeworth nursery. I have fruited it during the past and present year, and in both instances found its qualities to be such as to deserve extensive cultivation. A late kind, ripens during the end of September, and the beginning of October. I cannot say with certainty, but fear it will hardly succeed in the northern counties of Scotland, unless in favourable localities. Planted in a glass-cased wall it will succeed in any part of Great Britain. I have heard it stated more than once, that it has an aversion to fire-heat, and does not force well; it may, however, be put in a late house, where just enough heat is applied to exclude frost • but of this I have no personal experience.
The fruit is unusually large, averaging 4 oz. in weight, and occasionally in excess of that. The habit is vigorous, as that of most young trees is, but easily corrected. The shape of the fruit is a roundish oval, and rather pointed at the apex. When shaded by the foliage, it is of a light green colour, but when fully exposed, of a light orange and crimson on the sunny side. I strongly suspect this is a seedling from the Stanwick Nectarine, surpassing it in flavour, without splitting before it ripens.
The practice of proving the qualities of seedling Peaches and Nectarines in what are called orchard houses, is far from being an infallible method. The crucial test has yet to be made by the gardener under exposure, and not till then can we approach substantial facts.
Alexander Cramb. Tortworth Court.