This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
Fruit, large, ovate, and pointed. Skin, pale green on the shaded side, and with a dark red cheek, like Royal George, on the side next the sun. Flesh, very melting, vinous, sugary, and highly flavoured. Flowers, small. Leaves, with round glands.
Ripe in the end of September or beginning of October.
Griffith's Mignonne. See Royal George. Grimwood's Royal Charlotte. See Royal Charlotte. Grimwood's Royal George. See Grosse Mignonne. Grosse Jaune. See Yellow Admirable. Grosse Malecoton. See Pavie de Pompom.
Fruit, large, roundish, somewhat flattened, and furrowed with a deep suture at the top, which seems to divide it in two lobes. Skin, pale greenish yellow mottled with red, and deep brownish red next the sun, covered with fine soft down. Flesh, pale yellow, red under the skin on the side next the sun and at the stone, rich and delicate, vinous, and highly flavoured. Stone, small, very rough. Flowers, large. Leaves, with round glands.
Ripe in the end of August and beginning of September.
This is one of the very best mid-season peaches. The tree, however, is delicate, and very liable to mildew; but there are some seedlings from it which preserve all the characters of the fruit with a hardier constitution of the tree. Mr. R. D. Blackmore says that in his garden at Teddington it never takes mildew, and if he grew only one kind of peach this would be the one.
The numerous synonyms which this variety possesses are an evidence of the favour in which it has been held. Its origin is unknown, but it has been in cultivation for upwards of two centuries, being mentioned by Merlet and all subsequent authors. From the fact of its reproducing itself from seed, nurserymen, with good faith, have introduced it from time to time as a new variety. Grimwood, of the Kensington Nursery, sent it out in George the Third's reign as Grimwood's Royal George. The late Mr. Lee of Hammersmith did so under the two names of Early Vineyard and Smooth-leaved Royal George. Neal (or Neil), a nurseryman, sold two plants of it to Mr. Padley, the king's gardener at Hampton Court, for five guineas, under the name of Neal's Early Purple, and hence Padley's name also appears among the synonyms. Shailer, of Chelsea, who raised the White Moss Pose, also sent it out under the name of Superb Royal, and Ronalds, of Brentford, sold it as Ronalds's Galande. It was called Royal Kensington by Forsyth, the royal gardener, who, when he went to Kensington in 1784, found it as a new peach sent with some others from France to the Queen. Daniel Grimwood was a nurseryman at Kensington, and died there August 6th, 1796, and was succeeded by William Malcolm. The nursery was on the south side of the high road, exactly opposite Kensington Palace Gardens. It was fenced all round with an old holly hedge, which in 1840 had become very insecure.
Grosse Mignonne Hative. See Early Grosse Mignonne. Grosse Mignonne Ordinaire. See Grosse Mignonne.