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Alexandra Road, Ringwood East

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published November 22nd 2021
Parking is cheap in Alexandra Road
This 1 km road can be accessed from Dublin Road, which crosses Alexandra Road.

Alexandra Road,
Alexandra Road at the Dublin Road intersection.

It is slightly undulating and is meanders past two schools and many floral delights in gardens.

Alexandra Road,
Further along Alexandra Road.

It is a well-established area and the majority of the houses are of weatherboard construction, giving a nostalgic feel as you walk along admiring the flowers and the well-maintained houses.

Alexandra Road,
A well established area.

One of the first flowers I saw failed my identification process, but it did look unusual.

yellow flowers
They do look nice.

Rose lovers would love this walk as many colours and varieties were seen.

Top photos shows roses growing on old wheel.

A variety of colours.

Must be the season for sweet peas as many examples brightened up several gardens. Their flowers do look attractive when closely inspected.

sweet peas
Sweet pea bush and flowers.

Not many birds were seen. Two wattle birds and a noisy miner all perched in trees and a couple of spotted doves at ground level.

Wattle birds
Wattle birds and noisy miner.

spotted doves
Spotted doves are easily spotted.

Bottlebrush and grevillea plants were profuse. Bottlebrushes brightened up many nature strips.

bottle brush
Bottle brush bushes are always attractive.

Grevilleas add to the colour.

Hebe bushes were in flower along with the unmistakable look of bird of paradise flowers.

Hebe and bird of paradise.
Hebe and bird of paradise.

Many walkers were out with their dogs. One which stopped for a chat and pat was Charlie, a golden retriever cross. A muffled bark greeted my passing of one house with the resident doggie letting me know that I had been seen.

Alone, with dogs or on a motor cycle.

Charlie and the dog in the window.

A lychgate was host to a street library. While I was photographing the library two customers arrived to exchange books. I have seen many street libraries on my street walks, but this is the first time I have seen them being used.

Street library.
Open for business.

Two colourful plants were an azalea and a marmalade plant.

Azalea and marmalade plants.
Azalea and marmalade plants.

Three flowers of almost the same hues were a narrow leaf blue-eyed grass, a lavender and a convolvulus.

narrowleaf blue-eyed grass, lavender & convolvulas.
Narrowleaf blue-eyed grass, lavender & convolvulas.

An unusual and very colourful find was a red pincushion protea, a spectacular sight.

Red pincushion protea.
Red pincushion protea.

It is an old area and apart from a couple of lychgates and many picket fences some old fashioned wire fences were still in existence.

Lych gate & picket fences.
Lych gate & picket fences.

Wire fence
Wire fence.

A trend these days, where new front fences are erected, is to place them behind the boundary line and plant flowers and shrubs in front of them.

Garden beds.
Front of fence gardens.

A kangaroo paw and a fuchsia heath made for an attractive isolated type plant as did a foxglove and two of the salvia species.

Kangaroo paw & fuchsia heath.
Kangaroo paw and beautiful fuchsia heath.

Only one banksia was seen but a rather forlorn-looking teddy bear was tied to a street tree, negating its chance of escaping. A polygala had an easy escape, but another plant had to squeeze past paling to become free.

Banksia and bear.
Tree dwelling banksia and bear.

Foxgloves and salvia.
Foxgloves and salvia.

escaped plants.
Escaped plants.

The strangest sight was a parking meter in a front garden. The sign on it said 5c & 10c coins only, so it must be old and not operative. On the veranda of another house was an old wooden milepost, no doubt a past resident of one of our highways.

parking meter
Parking meter and mile post.

Rarely seen in front gardens were several clumps of sweet peas in flower. A rock rose had a visiting bee and a beard lip penstemon had very attractive blooms.

Sweet pea, rock rose and beard lip pentemon.
Sweet pea, rock rose and beard lip pentemon.

Garden lamps popped up in three gardens, one accompanied by a bird feeder. An iris and a fortnight lily were a fitting end to this walk.

Garden lamps.
Garden lamps.

Iris and fortnight lily.
Iris and fortnight lily.

This is a walk of many colours, flower wise.
Street sign
Where you have been.

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Why? Floral delights in every garden.
When: anytime
Where: Alexandra Road, Ringwood East. Melways map: 50. B.9.
Cost: Free
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Fence heaven. I love the wore fence, it reminds me of home.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9506) 5 days ago
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