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.
For many years the Wilson Albany has been the ' leading market berry in our state, but of late other varieties have been introduced and are gradually taking the place of that old standard. If I were asked to state what one of the newer berries I thought was better than the Wilson, I should un-1 hesitatingly say, the Crescent. I know it has the disadvantage of imperfect blossoms, and.that it is tart. So is the Wilson the extreme of sourness. But it is a fine runner and a most prolific bearer, and is good enough for most people. Another berry that has given good satisfaction here is the Sharpless, a very fine plant and berry. Glen-dale and Miner's Prolific have done finely for me and are worthy of attention by cultivators. Of the later introductions I have several I am testing. Amongst them are Manchester, Old Iron Clad, Piper and Jersey Queen. The three first named give promise of succeeding the best. The Manchester is certainly a very fine growing plant, and if the fruit is as good as claimed the only objection that can be raised against it is its imperfect blossom. Old Iron Clad and Piper also sent out strong runners and are every way healthy in appearance, but whether they will sustain their reputation at the north remains to be proved.
Should it not be the aim of the introducer, or rather originator, of new varieties of strawberries to send out those with perfect flowers? Is any berry the " one for the million," unless it is perfect? And when they have obtained some valuable variety we hope they will heed the remarks of Prest. Wilder in his address at the recent session of the American Pomological Society, and give it a name that is not vulgar and inappropriate like some of those brought out and named recently.
Dover, Netu Hampshire. [There is no need in these days for the introduction of any but hermaphrodite varieties of strawberries. - Ed. G. M].