Winter Lading

Fruit, medium sized, two inches and three-quarters wide at the middle, and two inches and a half high; roundish, and narrowing towards the crown, irregularly formed, sometimes with one prominent angle on one side. Skin, bright green, marked with patches and dots of thin russet. Eye, closed, set in an angular basin. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, curved, inserted in a deep, round cavity. Flesh, greenish white, juicy, sweet, very tender and delicate, with a pleasant acid.

An excellent sauce apple; in use from October to Christmas.

It is grown in the north-eastern parts of Sussex, about Heathfield.

Winter Majetin

Fruit, medium sized; roundish ovate, with ribs round the crown. Skin, smooth, dark green, covered with thin dull brownish red on the side next the sun. Eye, closed, with broad erect segments, set in a narrow basin, which is much furrowed and plaited. Stamens, marginal; tube, funnel-shaped. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, slender, inserted in a deep and narrow cavity, which is lined with russet. Flesh, greenish white, firm, crisp, brisk, and pleasantly flavoured. Cells, obovate; axile.

A first-rate culinary apple, bearing a considerable resemblance to the London Pippin, but does not change to yellow colour by keeping as that variety does; it is in use from January to May. The tree is an abundant bearer.

This variety is, strictly speaking, a Norfolk apple, where it is much grown for the local markets. It was first made public by Mr. George Lindley, who introduced it to the notice of the London Horticultural Society. In the " Guide to the Orchard," it is stated that the Aphis lanigera, or "Mealy Bug," so destructive to most of our old orchard trees, seems to be set at defiance by the Majetin. "An old tree now growing in a garden belonging to Mr. William Youngman, of Norwich, which had been grafted about three feet high in the stem, has been for many years attacked by this insect below the grafted part, but never above it, the limbs and branches being to this day perfectly free, although all the other trees in the same garden have been infested more or less with it."

Winter Marigold

Fruit, small, two inches and a quarter wide, and two inches high; roundish ovate, bluntly angular. Skin, lemon-yellow, with broken streaks of bright crimson all over the surface. Eye, small and closed, with connivent segments, set in a shallow basin. Stamens, median; tube, conical. Stalk, a quarter of an inch long, inserted in a deep cavity. Flesh, yellowish, crisp, juicy, sweet, and pleasantly flavoured. Cells, open, oblate or obovate; axile.

A dessert apple; in use up till Christmas, when it shrivels. It is not of high merit.

Winter Peach

Fruit, medium sized, three inches wide, and two inches and a half high; oblate, with very prominent ribs, like the White Calville, and these extend to the crown, where they form prominent ridges. Skin, smooth and shining, rich cream-colour. Eye, open, with broad segments, which are divergent, set in a deep angular basin. Stamens, median; tube, conical. Stalk, very short, deeply imbedded in the cavity. Flesh, very tender and juicy, with a fine acidity, as tender as that of the White Calville. Cells, closed, obovate; axile.

A valuable cooking apple, which keeps till April. I received it from Messrs. Richard Smith & Co., of Worcester.