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Transcriber's Note A quincunx is a geometric pattern consisting of five points, four of them forming a square or rectangle and a fifth at its center. It forms the arrangement of five units in the pattern corresponding to the five spot on dice, playing cards, or dominoes.

HANDBOOKS OF PRACTICAL GARDENING XI EDITED BY HARRY ROBERTS

THE BOOK OF PEARS AND PLUMS

[Illustration: PEAR BLOSSOM]

THE BOOK OF PEARS AND PLUMS

BY THE REV. E. BARTRUM, D.D., F.R.H.S.

RECTOR OF WAKES COLNE, ESSEX EDITOR OF "HELPFUL HINTS FOR HARD TIMES," ETC.

WITH CHAPTERS ON CHERRIES AND MULBERRIES

JOHN LANE: THE BODLEY HEAD LONDON AND NEW YORK. MCMIII

Printed by Turnbull & Spears, Edinburgh

INTRODUCTION

I have grown pears, plums, cherries and mulberries for many years, and have written many articles about the first two fruits; yet, in preparing this work, I found that I had still much to learn, and I wish particularly to express my obligations to the new edition of Thompson's Gardener's Assistant , edited in six volumes by Mr Watson, Assistant Curator of the Royal Gardens, Kew, and brought out by the Gresham Publishing Company. I have also derived valuable aid from the volumes of the Royal Horticultural Society. The chapter on "cherries" is based chiefly on the booklet contributed by Mr G. Bunyard to my Helpful Hints for Hard Times published by the S.P.C.K.

E. B. WAKES COLNE RECTORY, ESSEX, July 1902 .

CONTENTS

PAGE

INTRODUCTION vii

PEARS

HISTORY OF THE PEAR 1

SITUATION AND SOIL 3

PROTECTION 5

PLANTING 5

STAKING AND WIRING 7

STOCKS FOR PEARS 8

ORCHARD TREES 10

PYRAMIDS 12

COLUMNAR TREES 14

ESPALIERS 15

HORIZONTALS ON WALLS 15

FAN SHAPED TREES 16

BUSHES 16

CORDONS 20

ARCHES 21

PRICES OF TREES 22

GARDEN ORCHARDS 22

MANURES 23

PEARS FOR A PRIVATE GARDEN 24

EXHIBITION PEARS 24

COOKING PEARS FOR EXHIBITION 26

PEARS FOR APPEARANCE 27

PEARS FOR QUALITY 27

COOKING PEARS 28

EARLY PEARS 28

LATE PEARS 29

PEARS FOR COTTAGERS AND SMALL FARMERS 29

SYNONYMS 30

PEARS FOR PERRY 32

GATHERING AND STORING 32

PROTECTION OF FRUIT ... Continue reading book >>




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