This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
T. T. S., Roches-ter, N. Y., writes : "My attention was attracted this morning, (June 7th,) by the appearance of a Seckel pear tree in my garden. On examination I found a perfect blossom on the end of nearly each specimen of fruit. The firmness and freshness of the bloom would seem to indicate that the blossoms were new ones, rather than the original bloom, although I cannot understand how this can be possible. I send you some specimens by mail, by which you will see some of the fruit is of considerable size".
[An examination showed that these little pears had not had petals before this season. It* is a remarkable case of arrest and subsequent development of petals. The calyx had evidently expanded at the proper time in Spring, and the ovarium (subsequently to be the "pears,") had continued to grow, as in ordinary cases, but the petals for some reason have been held back till now, (June 12th). Growth is always in waves, in this case the wave bearing the petals has been more than usually retarded. - Ed. G. M].