What’s Growing in Jones Ave. Laneways: August 2021

While waiting for my car to be serviced in the Queen St. east area of Toronto, I had a long walk through many alleys by Jones Ave.

former Anglican church now town houses


I will identify it at the end of the post.

Here are some of the plants both weedy and cultivated.

Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
Apple (Malus)
Autumn-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Trumpet-creeper (Campsis radicans)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Morning-glory (Ipomoea purpurea)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Crab Apple (Malus)
Climbing Honeysuckle
Hibiscus flower


It was surprising to hear the song of this small reddish-brown bird in such an urban area. It was the only song I heard all morning: a Carolina Wren.

Carolina Wren


Our own heart, and not other men’s opinions, forms our true honor. – Samuel Coleridge

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “What’s Growing in Jones Ave. Laneways: August 2021

  1. Gail Adams

    I was visiting in Goderich overlooking Lake Huron. My friend has a beautiful view of the sunset. But as the sun heads toward the water there is a two hour interval when her massive window literally reflects the the few trees and her gorgeous garden and birds believe they are seeing open spaces and fly into the window. My granddaughter revived one lucky bird but we immediately put up those black bird images to deter them. They are not enough. Might you suggest a remedy? It is only for a few hours but the bird population is under such duress I hope there is a remedy. Thanks Miles.

  2. Lisa Volkov

    I know Jones Avenue well– from the point of view of taking the bus from the subway to the Spit (Tommy Thompson Park–I still refer to it as The Spit.) Here, you show us the wonderful details I don’t often get to see. Thanks, Miles!


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