Parus Cristatus: The crested Titmouse.
It weighs thirteen Penny-weight. The Bill is black, having a Spot
a little above it of the same Colour; except which, all the Upper-part
of the Body is gray. The Neck and all the Under-part of the Body
is white, with a faint Tincture of Red, which just below the Wings
is deepest. The Legs and Feet are of a Lead-Colour. It erects its
Crown-Feathers into a pointed Crest. No Difference appears between
the Cock and Hen: They breed in and inhabit Virginia and
Carolina all the Year. They do not frequent near Houses,
their Abode being only amongst the Forest-Trees from which they
get their Food; which is Insects.
Cistus Virginiana, flore & odore Periclymeni: The Upright Honeysuckle.
This Plant rises usually with two or three stiff streight Stems,
which are small, except where the Soil is very moist and rich; where
they grow to the Size of a Walking Cane, twelve or sixteen Feet
high, branching into many smaller Stalks, with Leaves alternately
placed. At the Ends of the Stalks are produced Bunches of Flowers,
resembling our common Honysuckle; not all of a Colour, some Plants
producing White, some red, and others purplish, of a very pleasant
Scent, tho' different from ours. The Flowers are succeeded by long
pointed Capsulas, containing innumerable very small Seeds.
'Tis a Native of Virginia and Carolina, but will
endure our Climate in the open Air, having for some years past produc'd
its beautiful and fragrant Blossoms at Mr. Bacon's at Hoxton,
at Mr. Collinson's at Peckham; and at Mr. Christopher
Grays at Fulham.