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.
This handsome little pear is undoubtedly one of the most profitable in cultivation, as it bears early and abundantly, ripens among the very earliest, and the quality is unsurpassed by any other early pear. The only rival it has is the Madeleine, which, while being a little larger and a day or two earlier, is immeasurably behind it in early bearing and health of tree, in soundness, beauty, excellence and all desirable shipping qualities. After a long and extensive trial, we should plant the Doyenne d'Ete for either market or home use in preference to anything else of its season. For immediate profitable returns we should plant it before any other variety of any season - excepting the Bartlett alone. Season in June. Ships well, coloring up finely in boxes and sells at from ten to fifteen dollars per bushel. Best as a standard, but succeeds also as a dwarf.
Size - rather below medium. Form - obovate, obtuse, pyriform. Stem - short, stout, inserted in a slight depression. Calyx - very small, in narrow sunken cavity, often without segments. Color - dull russety green, profusely covered with coarse russet dots. Skin - rough and thick, flesh - -tinged with orange, coarse grained, but melting and juicy. Flavor - sprightly, vinous, good, slightly astringent near the skin. Season - keeps easily to May or June, ripens readily, and is free from the objections which rest against some of our latest varieties in this respect.
Size - medium. Form - roundish, Bergamot shape. Stem - rather long, planted without depression on a flattened surface. Calyx - small, moderately sunk. Color - pale lemon-yellow, russeted at the stem and calyx, and profusely stippled with coarse dots. Flesh - white, fine, melting and juicy. Flavor - sprightly, vinous, with pleasant astringency, like Doyenne Ete, rich and good. Quality - "very good." Core - madinm size. Seeds- plump and fair. Season - Oct. 1st.
DOYENNE ROBIN. DM BAVY.
A subscriber, whose letter has been mislaid, asks us to furnish him with a list of a dozen good annuals. We have made it up of free blooming kinds, and of the easiest culture. The Schizanthus, Asters, Zinnia, and Balsams must not be grown in close masses; the others may or not, as suits the taste. Here is the list: Phlox Drummondii, Mignonnette, Sweet Alyssum, Schizanthus, German Asters, Balsams, Clarkia, Candytuft, Ageratum, Lobelia, (speciosa,) Zinnia, Portulaca.
Size, medium; color, • yellowish green, with brown cheek; flavor, sugary, vinous, and rich; ripe in December. On warm, generous soils, this Pear is not inferior to the Lawrence, which it resembles in appearance and quality.
Dear Sir: In my description of Dr. Comstock's aquarium, I forgot to mention that the box should be placed in the ground, as it would otherwise burst by freezing, and be destroyed. The Doctor covers his in the fall with boards, to prevent injury by excess of water and frost. Yours, A. S. Monson. New-Haven, Sept. 12,1851.