July 4, 1789

Posted by sydney on Jul 4th, 1789

A cock red-backed butcher-bird, or flusher, was shot in Hartley-gardens, where it had built a nest.  My garden is in high beauty, abounding with solstitial flowers, such as roses, corn-flags, late orange-lillies, pinks, scarlet lychnises, &c. &c.  The early honey-suckles were in their day full of blossoms, & so fragrant, that they perfumed the street with their odour: the late yellow honey-suckle is still in high perfection, & is a most lovely shrub; the only objection is that having a limber stem, & branches, it does not make a good standard.

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