Early Ascot

Fruit, medium sized, roundish, and somewhat depressed, marked with a shallow suture, which is deepest towards the stalk. Skin, almost entirely covered with red, which is bright on the shaded side, and almost black, like the Bellegarde, on that exposed to the sun; on the shaded side a patch of the yellow ground-colour is visible, and is strewed with crimson dots. Flesh, yellowish, very tender, juicy, and melting, with a rich vinous flavour, with a slight tinge of red at the stone, from which it separates freely. Flowers, small. Leaves, with round glands.

An excellent peach. Ripe in the second week of August.

This was raised by Mr. Standish, of Ascot, in 1866, from 83cd of the Elruge Nectarine.

Early Beatrice

Fruit, medium sized, two inches and a half in diameter; round, a little pointed at the apex, and marked on one side with a distinct suture. Skin, with a yellowish ground, but almost covered with blotches of bright red, and altogether very highly coloured. Flesh, melting and juicy, richly flavoured, and adhering slightly by some of its fibres to the stone, which is white. Flowers, large. Leaves, with kidney-shaped glands.

This is the earliest peach known, and ripens in an orchard-house from the 4th to the 8th of July, and against a wall in the open air about a fortnight later. The Rev. W. Kingsley, of South Kilvington, near Thirsk, in Yorkshire, informs me that it ripens out of doors in the end of July, and is very good. Mr. Blackmore, writing from Teddington, says "it is not worth growing." It is not so highly favoured as Early Louise.

The merit of having raised this remarkable peach is due to Mr. Rivers. It originated from seed of Rivers's White Nectarine, and the tree first fruited in 1865, when it ripened on the 4th of July. It was named in honour of H.RH. the Princess Beatrice, the youngest child of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

Early Grosse Mignonne (Grosse Mignonne Hâtive; Mignonne Hdtive)

Fruit, medium sized, roundish, pitted at the apex, with a small nipple on one side of it, and with a shallow suture. The skin has a pale red cheek on the side exposed to the sun, and is thickly dotted all over with bright crimson dots. The flesh is white, with veins of red throughout, separating freely from the stone, sweet, very juicy, and vinous. Flowers, large. Leaves, with round glands.

This is a very fine peach, ripening in the second week in August. Mr. R. D. Blackmore's experience of it is that it is a very good peach, but not so fine as Grosse Mignonne, and very little earlier.

Early Louise

Fruit, of medium size, round, marked on one side with a deep suture, which is deep over the crown. Skin, highly coloured and bright red. Flesh, very tender and richly flavoured, yellowish white even to the stone, to which it adheres. Flowers, small. Leaves, with kidney-shaped glands.

This is a few days later than Early Beatrice, and generally ripens from the 8th to the 14th of July in an orchard-house. Although not so early it is a larger and a superior fruit to Early Beatrice. Mr. Blackmore says "it is too small and a clingstone. A pretty fruit and very fertile; 90 per cent, should be taken off right early."

Early Louise was raised from seed of Early Albert by Mr. Rivers, of Sawbridge-worth; and Early Albert being raised from seed of Montagne Précoce, an early clingstone peach, the adherent tendency of the flesh has re-asserted itself. The name was given in honour of H.R.H. Princess Louise, now Marchioness of Lorne.