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.
Of all the sour cherries, were I restricted to one, this would be my choice. The tree is upright, spreading, growing to a large tree as it acquires age, open and regular in form; of habit between the Dukes and the Morellos, although its tendency is toward the Morellos - vigorous and rapid in growth. Leaf, broad, oval in shape, with fine sharp serratures, petioles green, and of medirm length;
Fig. 156. - Louis Philippe.
A seedling of my own; resembles Isabella very much, but has fewer seeds than that or any other American grape with which I am acquainted. Free from rot or mildew, strong grower, and hardy. A prodigious bearer, with but poor culture, and will, in size of bunch and berry, quality of fruit, etc, compare very favorably with most American grapes.
Brilliant red, black, and gold coloring, and one of the neatest habited in growth.
A first quality pear in all respects. The tree is a vigorous, upright grower, and a great bearer. The fruit is beautiful to the eye; large, juicy, rich. and melting. One can scarcely grow too many of them.
We never deemed that this Pear would fail upon the Quince, until we saw your notice in the last Horticulturist* Our experience with it is limited, to be sure, but we are able to say this in its favor. From a tree planted in 1853, we had the last spring a profusion of blossom, and some two dozen of fruit set. Eleven of these Pears seemed determined to grow. We allowed them to remain on the tree until the latter part of June, when in mercy to the tree we removed all but four. These all attained a large size, and were beautiful specimens of the variety. The tree also, made a good growth, and now exhibits a very healthful appearance. The soil is a clay loam on a stiff subsoil The manure was thoroughly decomposed chip and rotten yard manure.
Size - medium, or above. Form - roundish-obovate, resem-bling in appearance the Belle Lucrative. Calyx - small, sunk in irregular cavity, tolerably deep. Stem - stout, generally less than an inch in length, inserted without depression. Color - dull green, becoming of a golden hue at maturity; a little obscured with russet spots, and frequently touched with red on the sunny side. Flesh-white, melting, buttery, and juicy. Flavor - rich, subacid, nearly sweet, with an agreeable perfume. Season - October to November. Quality - "very good. Tree - upright in growth, forming a fine, bushy pyramid, and succeeds well either on the Pear or Quince.
BEUERR NAVEZ. THEODORE TAN MOMS.
WHEN Bishop Hough visited Archbishop Sancraft after his retirement to Suffolk, he was discovered working his garden, and immediately said to his visitor, "Almost all you see is the work of my own hands, though I am bordering upon eighty years of age. My old woman does the weeding, and John mows the turf and digs for me ; but all the nicer work - the sowing, grafting, budding, transplanting, and the like - I trust to no other hand but my own, - so long, at least, as my health will allow me to enjoy so pleasing an occupation; and, in good sooth, the fruits here taste more sweet, and the flowers have a richer perfume than they had at Lambeth".