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.
IN August I very much feared that our trees would. make a late fall growth, as they did last year, and be in bad condition for winter; but although September was a very growing month, October was very favorable, cooling off gradual, and up to this time (2d of November) the frosts have been so light that the tenderest twigs have not been injured. The weather has been just cool enough to check the growth and ripen the wood.
The summer, up to the 7th of August, was so dry as to check the growth of most of the trees, when sufficient rain came to start the young cultivated trees into growth, but I could not see that the older fruit-bearing trees made any unusual growth. By cultivation, I mean those that were cultivated in the fore part of the season, but not after midsummer.
The summer drouth had prevented the weeds from growing, and all the seeds of weeds lie dry in the ground, and when the rains came, all the weeds of the season came up and grew - yes, grew! for who would dare to go into the orchard or nursery and cultivate, or attempt to destroy the weeds after mid-summer!
We have so seldom had a year favorable for peaches, that we have but very few trees * those few bore a fine crop this year. The leaves have fallen from the peach, and the fruit buds are very numerous. I have not examined the apple and pear, to ascertain whether they promise a crop next year, and doubt whether I could determine whether the apple buds were for fruit or wood. The crop of fruit being very light this year, and the growth of the trees so checked by the drouth through mid-summer, that I should think it was very favorable for a crop of fruit next season. Suel Foster.