No may-chafers this year. The intermediate flowers, which now figure between the spring, & solstitial, are the early orange, & fiery-lily, the columbine, the early honey-suckle, the peony, the garden red valeriam, the double rocket or dames violet, the broad blue flag-iris, the thrift, the double lychnis, spider-wort, monks-hood, &c.
Grass grows very fast. Honey-suckles very fragrant, & most beautiful objects! Columbines make a figure. My white thorn, which hangs over the earth-house, is now one sheet of bloom, & has pendulous boughs down to the ground. One of my low balm of Gilead firs begins to throw out a profusion of cones; a token this that it will be a short-lived, stunted tree. One that I planted in my shrubbery began to decay at 20 years of age. Miller in his gardener’s Dictionary mentions the short continuance of this species of fir, & cautions people against depending on them as a permanent tree for ornamental plantations.