This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is not uncommon to find letters from America, in European magazines, which tell very strange things. But a paper of another sort is one in the Garden of May 8th, by Mr. H. Hendricks, of Kingston, New York, on pear growing in the United States, which is very intelligently written, and is altogether a model for transatlantic letter writers.
We should not, however, have placed Josephine de Malines at the head of our winter list; but as the opinion of an intelligent and evidently conscientious writer, it is worthy of great respect. He says: " In winter sorts, strictly speaking, we have first and best of all Josephine de Malines, which, in its season, is superb and delicious, fit for the most discriminating palate. It is large and very productive, growing in clusters; flesh, light salmon color; tree hardy, but moderate in growth, owing to a tendency to overbear. I have kept fine specimens of this pear into April in this latitude.