Date: 13 November 1875
ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
THE November exhibition of this Society, viz., the Chrysanthemum and Fruit show, is generally a good one, and this year it was better than usual.
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Of these large quantities were shown both by home and other growers. In the class for eighteen varieties, Mr. J. Pluck, of Jersey, was first, with Beurré Clairgeau, well coloured Glou Morceau, Beurré Diel, Duchesse d’Angoulême, Grosse Calebasse, Beurré Bose, Columbia, Beurré Bachelier, General Todleben, Doyenné du Cornice, Chaumontel, Colmar d’Arenberg, and others, the specimens (six) of each variety being remarkably fine. Mr. Thomas, also a Jersey fruiterer, was second, with nearly the same varieties, his finest dishes, as far as appearance is concerned, being Beurré Clairgeau, marvellous in size, and the Trout Pear or Forelle, most beautifully coloured, and varying from 4 to 7 inches in length. In the great class for eighteen varieties, Mr. G. Haycock, gardener to B. Leigh, Esq., Barham Court, Maidstone, was third, with really excellent home-grown fruit. In this group we noted Doyenné du Cornice, Beurré d’Anjou, Emile d’Heyst, Beurré Bachelier, Glou Morceau, General Todleben, and Conseiller de la Cour, very fine. In the class for six varieties of dessert varieties, Mr. A. Fowler, Dogmersfield Park, Winchficld, was first with Flemish Beauty, of excellent quality, Pitmaston Duchess, Duchesse d’Angoulême, Beurré Clairgeau, Beurré Diel, and Conseiller de la Cour. These were very fine specimens of good culture, and superior in quality to the Jersey fruit. Mr. Thomas, Jersey, was second, his dishes of Beurré Clairgeau and Trout Pear being very fine, and Mr. Parkins, also of Jersey, had fine examples of Glou Morceau, Beurré Diel, Chaumontel, Easter Beurré, Trout, and Duchesse d’Angoulême. Mr. J. Pluck was second for six dishes of dessert Pears, among which were fine samples of Glou Morceau, Chaumontel, and Van Mons Leon le Clerc. In the classes for dishes of particular varieties, Mr. J. P. Arnold, gardener to G. Wood, Esq., of Rochford. was first with Louise Bonne of Jersey. Mr. Goldsmid was first with a fine dish of Marie Louise, and Mr. Pluck had the best dish of Glou Morceau; his specimens of Duchesse d’Angoulême, too, were remarkable both in size and colour. This fine variety of Pear was shown by no fewer than twenty-six growers, many of whom had remarkable fruit. Mr. Pluck had the best examples of Conseiller de la Cour, and the best Van Mons Leon le Clerc came from Mr. W. Fowler, of Winchfield, who had very fine fruits. Eighteen dishes were staged. Fine specimens of Catillac came from Mr. J. Pluck and Mr. Lane, both Jersey growers, and Mr. Thomas had the finest Beurré Clairgeau. The heaviest fruit (Uvedale’s St. Germain) came from Mr. Thomas, six specimens of which weighed 14 lbs. 5 oz. Mr. J. Pluck had six fruits weighing 12 lbs. 12 oz. Mr. T. Brehaut, Richmond House, Guernsey, had a splendid basket of fruit, the weight of which was not given; to these a first prize was awarded, Mr. Pluck being second with very fine samples.
Of these some splendid home-grown fruits were shown; equal, indeed, and, in some cases, superior to those of the Jersey growers. In the class for twenty-four Apples, Mr. S. Ford, Leonardslee, Horsham, was first with a very choice collection of handsome fruit, among which we observed Scarlet Pearmain, Braddick’s Nonpareil, Ribston, Pitmaston Nonpareil, Allman’s Pippin, Cockle, Adam’s Pearmain, Golden Reinette, and others. Mr. J. Pluck, a Jersey grower, was second with excellent samples, which, however, were deficient in colour. Among these we noticed Reinette Dorée, R. Gris, Boston Russet, Old Pearmain, Hertfordshire Pearmain, Flower of Kent, and other equally fine sorts. In the class for eighteen culinary varieties, Mr. T. Ford was first with very handsome fruit of Beauty of Kent, Mère de Ménage, Alexander, Warner’s King, Blenheim, Minier’s Dumpling, Ackland Vale, Hollandbury, Winter Nonesuch, Winter Codlin, Red Streak, Reinette du Canada, Wadhurst Pippin, and others. Mr. Leigh, of Barham Court, was second with excellent fruit of White Calville, Reinette du Canada, and its ally, Reinette Desse Tardive, Alexander, Belle Dubois, Bedfordshire Foundling, Linnaeus Pippin, Tower of Glamis, Blenheim, Reinette d’Espagne, and other equally fine varieties. In the class for six kitchen Apples Mr. Ford, Ampthill, Berks, was first with Blenheim Orange, Gloria Mundi, Bedfordshire Foundling. New Hawthornden, Beauty of Kent, and Alfriston, all of fine quality, Mr. Leith, of The Priory, Prittlewell, was second with handsome dishes of Hollandbury Pippin, Mère de Ménage, and Blenheim Orange. In the classes for particular varieties there was much competition and some very fine fruit was staged. Reinette du Canada was represented by some fine dishes, the best coming from Mr. Pluck, but those from Mr. Leigh, of Barham Court, were equally large, though scarcely so well coloured. The highly coloured Mère de Ménage was represented by half-a-dozen splendid dishes, Mr. Ross having the finest fruit; Mr. Walker, of Thame, being second. Blenheim Pippin was represented by thirty-two dishes of splendid fruit, Mr. G. Brush, gardener to Lady Hume Campbell, being first; Mr. R. Webb also staged very handsome fruit of this variety. Emperor Alexander, one of the most showy of all Apples, was contributed by twenty-two growers, Mr. Leigh again being first with wonderfully fine fruit. A dish of this variety, staged by Mr. Hudson, of Clapham Common, had evidently been protected by a net, which had given to the fruit a distinct mottled appearance. Alfriston, an excellent culinary Apple, came from ten growers, Mr. J. Pluck being first with fine specimens, and Mrs. Thomas second. Dumelow’s Seedling, or Wellington, was staged by twenty-one growers, Mr. Murrell having very handsome fruit of it, to which a first award was made. In the class for the six heaviest Apples, Mr. Pluck was first with Alfriston weghing, 7 lbs. 2 ozs., Mr. Leigh, of Barham Court, had six Belle du Bois, weighing 7 lbs. 8 ozs., and Mr. Gardiner, of Stratford-on-Avon, had the same variety, which weighed 5 lbs. 12 ozs. In the class for six dessert Apples, Mr. Skinner, of Maidstone, was first with very fine samples of Cox’s Orange Pippin, Golden Knob (very fine), Ribston, King William (a flat-shaped fruit), Court Pendu Plat (the highest coloured Apple in the show), and Warwickshire Pippin. Many exhibitors competed in this class. In the class for three varieties of dessert Apples, Mr. Jones, of Winchfield, was first with Allman’s Pippin, Ribston, and King of the Pippins. Perhaps the most remarkable dish of Apples staged was one of King of the Pippins, from Mr. Leigh, of Barham Court. These were not only large but remarkably rich in colour. Court Pendu Plat came from nineteen growers, all of whom had very fine fruit, among which there was much variety, not only in eye and shape but also in colour. Mr. R. Webb was first with large and highly-coloured examples. Ribston Pippin, one of the best of all dessert Apples, was represented by dishes from thirty-five growers, and here also great variety among the fruits shown was noticeable, a circumstance doubtless due to different soils and climate. Mr. Coleman, of Eastnor, was first, and Mr. Ford second, with highly-coloured and handsome fruit. Of Cockle Pippin, which was staged by fifteen growers, Mr. Smith, of Romford, had the best specimens. Margil came from thirteen growers, Mr. W. Fowle having the best fruit. Mr. Webb, of Calcot, also had very brightly-coloured fruit in this class. Of Golden Pippin fifteen dishes were shown, the best of which came from Mr. Farrer, of Enfield. Fruits of Cox’s Orange Pippin came from thirty-two growers, and were, in many cases, fine samples, large, and highly-coloured, in this class Mr. Friend, of Northdown, Margate, was first. Mr. Gilbert, of Burghley, showed a seedling Apple, somewhat resembling King of the Pippins, but larger, named the Burghley Apple. Mr. E. Matthews, Beddington, near Croydon, sent a seedling Apple, evidently a culinary variety, named Sunset, and Messrs. Ewing & Co., of Norwich, furnished large and fine examples of their new culinary Apple Lady Henniker.