This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Hoveys Seedling, Burr's New Pine, Early Scarlet, bear large and fine berries, and are heavily loaded every year. No failure so far. Swainstone's Seedling, Ross's Phoenix, Keen's Seedling, Myatts Elua, Princess Royal, British Queen, Methven Scarlet, are rather poor bearers, and will hardly pay for culture. Bat I must here remark that the English Swainstone Seedling, in my opinion, is the richest of all foreign imported varieties, and a tolerable good bearer in a deep rich soil, (having ripe fruit and blossoms at the same time,) berries large, conical, fine in flavor, far ahead of Bums New Pine when well ripened. Try it and see, or try it again; it's the highest flavored berry of the day. Black Prince is with me an enormous bearear; large and good. I have taken it into the field for a market berry along with McAvoy's Superior, Extra Red, and No 1 pistillate. These varieties of McAvoy's I obtained from Wm. R. Prince Flashing, L. I, which he assured me were genuine; and I am pleased to know they are so. They bore the past season, and I must say are very important varieties.
The Superior is decidedly the best berry of the three; yet the Extra Red is valuable as a market fruit, being large and quite prolific, yet it has a queer habit - some of its berries, when under high cultivation, grow in shape like a new moon, and many others do not fill up full, and occasionally show green in the end of the fruit, like the bursting oat of a leaf; and this is the kind that has been sold to hundreds for McAvoy's Superior, by the descriptions in the Hortuulturist, from different parts, which is good proot Now I have some twenty of the leading varieties of Strawberry, and when planted in the garden, row for row, one row of the Extra Red will multiply and produce more plants perhaps than all the rest together; while the Superior multiplies but moderately, and somewhat resembles Burr's New Pins in foliage, lying eloser to the ground than the Extra Red, and the leaves are not crimped like that variety. The No. 1 pistillate is an extraordinary large, fine fruit, but lacking in flavor, etc. I have also a recent variety brought from England, by gentleman in Hamilton; it is called Crawford's Superb Pistillate, conical, large, and exoeedling prolific; color dark mahogany, a very valuable variety, and a great and free grower.
My seedlings from the British Queen make me the parent plant Also, seedlings from Swainatone'e, Ross's Phcenix, Hovey's', Burr's New Pine, Black Prince, Scarlet Cone, Rival Hudaon, and so on; and this summer would have shown me the fruit of many, but owing to removal from the garden to the field, I shall have to wait till next summer, when they will be in great strength, as they have good soil, and have been kept clean, and all the runners kept clipped off A few fruited, one of which looks very much like Burr's New Pine, of which it is a seedling; and, as far as I could judge from the first season, will be a full match for its parent, if not richer. I have let its runners strike, I shall mulch in the spring, and give it a fair trial. I am delighted in the Strawberry culture, and shall, as I have plenty of room, experiment largely. You shall hear from me occasionally.
I have four seedling peaches that are very good, and Mr. Horge of Buffalo, saw one of them' and pronounced it first rate. It was the Cling, which looks just like a large lemon in shape and color. Wm H. Read. - Port Dalhoueie, C. W.
At a meeting of the New York Horticultural Society, on 2d October last, Mr. WM s CaRPeN tHE laid on the tables several specimens of a new seedling Peach, which gives decided promise of being an acquisition. It is very large - equal in size to CratoFord's Late and Early. Some specimens were eleven inches in circumference. Flesh pure white to the stone; no red; and is juicy, sprightly, of good flavor, and a good bearer. Its large size, color, and lateness of ripening; will make it particularly desirable for preserving. Last year it did not ripen until the middle of October. This year, owing to the drouth, the Peach ripened two weeks earlier. The present is the second season of its bearing, and it seemed worthy of particular notice.
Mr. Thomas Hogg, Jr., Chairman of the Fruit Committee, reported favorably on Mr. Carpenter's Peach, naming it "Carpenter's White." - Am. AgriculturieL.