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.
We have over and over again had to express our regret that reports sent us by secretaries and reporters at Horticultural Societies are so absolutely worthless to the general reader that we cannot waste room on their publication. It is of no consequence to a reader in San Francisco to know that John Smith in Kissimee city received the "first premium for a Bartlett Pear," or that Andrew Simpson had the "second premium for his big pumpkin." But if Horticultural Societies would take pains to prepare some intelligent reports, the magazines would be glad to get them, and such published reports would do more to attract exhibitors than even premium money in many cases. We give below a report made by the Secretary of the Jersey (Channel Islands) Horticultural Society, which, even after crossing the Atlantic, will be of interest to our readers:
This is the Glout Morceau of English gardens and of Hogg's "Manual." It is a splendid fruit, but the tree is so tender that it requires the protection of a wall to bring its fruit to the highest perfection even in these islands. A fair specimen weighed 13 1/4 ozs., and measured 4 1/2 ins. in length and 3 1/2s. in diameter. Ripe in November and December.
A very handsome fruit of good quality. 15 3/4 ozs., 4 1/2 ins. long, 3 3/4 ins. diameter. Ripe in November and December.
This is a favorite pear in these islands, as elsewhere. Fair specimens 16 ozs., 5 ins. long, 4 ins. in diameter. Ripe in November and December.
A very handsome pear of second quality, usually comes very large, but was not shown in good form this season, weighing only 15 ozs., and measuring 4 1/2 ins. in length, and 3 3/4 ins. diameter. Ripe in November.
Beautifully even-shaped handsome pear, of good quality. Tree a good bearer. 12 1/4 ozs., 4 ins. long, 3 1/2 ins. diameter.
This sort produced the handsomest lot of fruit in the show; it is rapidly rising in public estimation and is likely to supersede the Chaumontel, as it has all the good qualities of that sort, and is a much handsomer fruit. A good specimen weighed 17 ozs., and measured 4 3/4 ins. long, 3 3/4 ins. in diameter. Ripe in November and December.
A very showy high-colored fruit, fair quality, golden yellow with bronze red on the sunny side. 15 ozs., 5 1/4 ins. long, 3 3/4 ins. in diameter. Ripe in October.
A very handsome pear of fair quality, of even outline, full and round about the eye, pale yellow in color, with golden russet around the eye, and grey russet about the stalk. 12 ozs., 4 ins. long, 3 1/2 ins. in diameter. Ripe in October. The fruit exhibited does not answer to Leroy's outline figure.
The tree of this very popular sort is hardy and a good bearer as a standard or bush, nevertheless the finest fruit is obtained from wall trees. A fair specimen of this weighed 18 ozs., and measured 1 3/4 ins. long, and 4 1/4 ins. diameter. Ripe in November.
The specimen of this popular sort exhibited was not of fair size, 8 ozs. only, and measuring 4 ins. long, 3 ins. diameter. Ripe in October.
Fruit of good quality. 6 ozs., 3 1/2 by 3 ins. This is small for the sort, if true. Ripe in October.
A truly handsome pear as shown. 15 3/4 ozs., 4 3/4 ins. by 4 ins. Ripe from October to December.
This high quality pear does not seem to come to great perfection in these islands; in fact, this seems to be the case with all hard dense-fleshed fruit of both apples and pears; there is something in the climate or soil that does not suit them, while with the softer lighter-fleshed fruit of both species it is the reverse; they grow to great size and perfection. The specimen of this fine variety weighed 4 1/4 ozs. 2 1/4 by 2 1/4 ins. Ripe from November to January.
Small fruit, good quality. Tree good bearer. 6 ozs., 2 3/4 ins. long, 3 ins. diameter. Ripe in October.