This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent near Philadelphia writes: "You may safely recommend to your readers the Late Duke as a cherry the Robins will not touch. I have over a dozen varieties of cherries in my orchard, but do not get a fruit from the earlier kinds, but the Late Duke is always full. I think that they do not take to its flavor, or else they like cherries for their young, as we find the stones in their old nests, and the first brood of young is about over before the Late Dukes come in".
[This may be so. At the same time it is proper to say that around Philadelphia the garden cherry is one of the commonest of wild trees. In almost every " fence corner" are trees of immense size, bearing millions of fruit; one might say millions more than the birds can eat, and after maturity they drop from the trees and make the ground almost black beneath by their numbers. It is just as likely that at the time our friend's Late Dukes are ripe, they can get all they need without running the dangers of the regular orchard to get them. - Ed. G. M.I