THE BOOK OF
PEARS AND PLUMS
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
The Pear is my theme, and a
pleasant one it is. Only those who have planted trees,
pruned them, watched their growth, plucked the fruits,
enjoyed them at almost all hours, seen them on the table
month after month as an appetising dish, can fully
realise the value of the Pear. A good Pear-tree is like
a faithful friend—treat him properly and he will not
fail you. Circumstances, as for instance, a late frost,
may render him incapable of helping you; he may have
nothing to offer you; no doubt he is sorry, but with
patience he will do you a good turn.
(or pirus), the Latin name for Pear-tree, is the
name of a genus of plants belonging to the natural order
Rosaceć. Pyrus communis, the wild pear, from
which the numerous cultivated varieties have sprung, is
found over a great part of Europe and Asia, within the
limits of the temperate regions. Its origin is lost in
obscurity. The lake-dwellers in Switzerland are said to
have stored the fruits for winter use. It was probably
brought by the...................