Pape Avenue from Bottom to Top: April 2021

More work was needed on my car at a garage near the bottom of Pape Avenue so I decided to explore the entire length of this street including some nearby laneways while this was being done.

former Cranfield House
school
former Presbyterian Church. Now town houses.
Catholic Church
Date on apartment building

MYSTERY PLANT

At the conclusion of the post, I will identify it.

Other botany:

Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)
Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Red Maple (Acer rubra)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Daffodil
Magnolia
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Forsythia (Forsythia intermedia)
Boston Ivy
Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)
European Black Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
Celandine (Chelidonium majus)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)

Some birds:

Rock Pigeon
House Sparrow (male)
Rock Pigeon
House Sparrow (female)

MYSTERY PLANT

One of the most common city weeds is Plantain.

Plantain (Plantago major)

You might more easily recognize it with seed stem attached.

Plantain (Plantago major)

NATURE POETRY

Buds are bursting in the hedges,
Leaves are stirring in the lane,
Everywhere the sap is stirring,
Love returns to life again.        – John Dennis (1657–1734)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Pape Avenue from Bottom to Top: April 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    I know this street (Pape) very well, having taken a bus along it frequently before and after various hikes relating to The Spit and Commissioner’s Street, etc. (before all the remedial work on the mouth of the Don going on there). I’ve also hiked it in the course of hiking the area, generally. You have taken wonderful pictures of it, and I really enjoyed “travelling it” again. Also, the birds and botanicals are great. Thanks, Miles!

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  2. Gloria James

    Several years ago I was walking in a similar area of laneways and older buildings. I thought the landscape was weedy and lacking any colour, but then I saw this beautiful climbing rose bush clinging to a brick wall.

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