Blue ImpÉRatrice (Impératrice; Impératrice Violette; Empress)

Fruit, medium sized; obovate, tapering considerably towards the stalk so as to form a neck, with a shallow suture on one side. Skin, deep purple, covered with a thick blue bloom. Stalk, about an inch long, and attached without depression. Flesh, greenish yellow, the yellow predominating on the side exposed to the sun, of a rich, sugary flavour, and adhering to the stone.

A first-rate plum; not so juicy as some other varieties, but excellent either for dessert or preserving. Ripe in October, and if allowed to hang on the tree till it shrivels, which it will do, it is particularly rich and sweet. The young shoots are smooth. The tree is an excellent bearer, and should be grown against an east or south-east wall. It will also keep a long time in the house, if in a dry place.

I doubt very much if this is the same as the Impératrice of Duhamel.

Blue Perdrigon (Brignole Violette; Battle Monument; Perilrigon Violette; Violet Perdrigon)

Fruit, medium sized; oval, widest at the apex, with a shallow suture or furrow on one side, which is slightly flattened. Skin, reddish purple, marked with minute yellowish dots, and covered with thick, greyish white bloom. Stalk, three-quarters of an inch long, inserted in a small and rather deep cavity. Flesh, greenish yellow, firm, rich, sugary, and perfumed, adhering to the stone.

An old and excellent plum, suitable either for the dessert or preserving; ripe the end of August. The young shoots are downy. The tree is a very vigorous grower, but an indifferent bearer, and requires to be grown against an east or south-east wall. The bloom is very tender and susceptible of early frosts. The fruit will hang till it shrivels.

This variety and the White Perdrigon, when dried, form the Pruneaux de Brignole, a small town in Provence. The Perdrigons are reproduced from the stone. Some of the French writers say there are two varieties of Blue Perdrigon, one in which the flesh separates from the stone, and in the other which does not. Hitt describes it as separating from the stone.

Boddaert's Green Gage (Peine Claude Boddaert)

-This in every respect resembles the Green Gage, only it is very much larger. The Green Gage is one of those varieties of the plum which reproduces itself from seed with slight variations, these being either in size or the seasons of ripening. The variety here referred to possesses all the richness of flavour of its parent, is very much larger, and ripens in the end of August.

The young shoots are smooth.

Bolmar. See Washington.

Bolmar's Washington. See Washington.

Bonum Magnum. See White Magnum Bonum.

Bonnet D'EVÊQue

Fruit, medium sized; oval, inclining to obovate, marked with a faint suture. Skin, dark purple, covered with blue bloom. Stalk, a quarter to half an inch long, not depressed at the insertion. Flesh, yellowish, tender, not very juicy, remarkably rich, adhering to the stone.

A first-rate plum, which shrivels when fully ripe if suffered to hang on the tree till the second week in October. Shoots, smooth.