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Barker Drive, Chirnside Park

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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 July 18th 2021
Look for the gnome having a bath
Barker Drive is an 800 metre curved thoroughfare starting at Wandana Crescent.

Barker Drive
Barker Drive showing its gentle curve.

It's a relatively new area with few front fences, landscaped gardens and footpaths on both sides.

Barker Drive
Footpaths both sides.

One of the few high fences has a nice display of salvia cascading over the top.

cascading salvias
Purple cascade.

Camellias were out in force showing their red and pink blossoms. When their petals fall from large trees, they make a colourful circle around their base.

camellia tree
Fallen petals make a colourful border.

A beautiful example.

Jonquils are also in full bloom with mass plantings and small clumps equally attractive.

A small stand of white jonquils.

Yellow one make a nice border.

A few walkers were exercising both individually or in pairs. A couple of children were enjoying a bicycle ride.

Walkers bouncing ball.
A couple bouncing along.

children on bikes.
Junior cyclists.

Crows often make their presence known by their loud calls as do magpies on occasions. I was fortunate to catch one of each species in mid calls.

crow & magpie
A caw and a warble.

A bush full of yellow daisies stand out in any garden and small individual plants add a subtle difference.

Yellow stands out while others are more subtle.

I was attracted by a number of bushes with colourful tips on their foliage. A number of agapanthus stood out, planted in front of a wooden wall.

colourful bushes.
Colourful bushes and agapanthus.

Succulents are becoming a popular low maintenance plant in many gardens. Aloe and Aeonium are often seen, individually or in mass plantings.

aloe flower.
Aloe in flower.

Aeonium succulent.

One mass planting of succulents showed the stages of flowering, which made an interesting observation.

flowering succulents.
Ready to flower and flowering.

A magpie was spied deep in a tall tree before flying off to land on nearby overhead wires. Birds in flight add a new dimension to your enjoyment.

magpie in tree
Magpie in tree.

magpie in flight
A different view of a magpie.

Several noisy miners were seen both in trees and on fences. Not often seen was a starling, an introduced species considered a nuisance.

noisy miner
Noisy miner sitting on fence.

A startled starling.

Modern gardeners seem to like garden ornaments and Barker Drive had many. Birdbaths and angels seemed popular.

garden ornaments.
There were many of these.

An unusual sight was a garden gnome taking a bath in a birdbath. He seemed to be enjoying it.

Gnome in bird bath.
Bath time.

Passing two properties set off two unseen barking dogs reacting to my presence. Perhaps most appropriate in Barker Drive. I was confronted by another dog heading towards me. We both stopped. Me, to aim my camera and the dog to pose, before he crossed the road to consult with a tree.

Street dog.
Here's looking at you.

Buddha seemed at peace surrounded by greenery.

Buddha in garden.
A peaceful scene.

A small low growing bottlebrush showed several bright red blooms while a stand of lavender was of more subtle tones.

Lavender & bottlebrush.
Lavender & bottlebrush.

Almost missed was a very small correa bush with its deep pink trumpet-like blooms.

Small, but colourful.

Two flowers I couldn't identify were a succulent with masses of white flowers with a pinkish tinge and a bright red flower.

red flower
Stands out.

flowering bush
White flowering bush.

Barker Drive starts opposite Wandana Reserve, which is a small reserve with a playground walking paths and a small lake.

Wandana Reserve
Wandana Reserve.

It is a pleasant walk with only slight inclines and with no front fences give excellent views of all the gardens.

Street sign
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Why? Lots of interesting garden ornaments to see.
When: anytime
Where: Barker Drive, Chirnside Park. Melways 37. E.8.
Cost: Free
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I think Barker Drv is named after a Lillydale Council Councillor, possibility 1970 era
by ifaye (score: 1|60) 13 days ago
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