A sign of spring in Toronto: the annual migration begins
(Cue the background soundtrack of the moans of howling winds)
An unusual and curious migration occurs every April in Toronto. This is the first documented report, that I know of, in recorded history of this strange phenomenon. With temperatures rising slowly above freezing and winter's snow slowly melting, these event are worthy of being on the Discovery Channel and, in the past, HGTV before the "G" was removed. After months of sub-zero conditions, biting winds, and mounds of snow (except this year), the Emerald Cedar (Thuja occidentalis "Smaragd") has returned from months of feeding and gorging itself on 20-20-20 in greenhouses all over southern Ontario to return to its
|Huddled together to preserve warmth against April's cruel winds|
Some already claiming preferred nesting sites on strange wooden objects
|Patiently waiting for their right mates to appear|
By Paul Jung, author of "garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog"