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Batterbee Drive, Mooroolbark

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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 January 21st 2022
Make a bee line for Batterbee
This short 600 metre drive is straight but is quite steep in parts. A newly established area with footpaths both sides and underground wires makes for an energizing and scenic walk.

Batterbee Drive.
Batterbee Drive, from one of the high points.

It is oleander season and several pink varieties, both as street trees and front gardens displayed their beauty.

oleander flowers
Oleander flowers are beautiful.

Many roses were blooming. Some at the height of their beauty and others looking like candidates for a rose nursing home.

Hungarian rose.
Hungarian rose and a few white ones.

More roses.

dying rose.
Still has some beauty.

Agapanthus were in abundant supply and a couple of junior ones attracted my attention.

Junior agapanthus.

Part way along Batterbee Drive is the small Batterbee Park, just a grassy area, small playground, park bench and a drinking fountain at the entrance.

Batterbee Park.
Batterbee Park.

A bougainvillea with its deep pink flowers was in contrast with the subtle colours of the plumbago creeper.

bougainvillea & plumbago.
bougainvillea & plumbago.

Only one magpie was sighted, who seemed to be at home in Batterbee Park. The only other bird seen was a spotted dove.

spotted dove
Spotted Dove.

It was a very hot day, almost midday sun, and the only foot traffic seen was your WeekendNotes writer. I can assure you I am not a mad dog or Englishman. Some mature trees were seen, a tall gum, an unidentified distant conifer and a magnificent golden elm, which provided some welcome shade.

The golden elm looked magnificent .

Two varieties of hibiscus flowers were seen. The purple rose of sharon was of particular beauty.

Two beautiful hibiscus flowers.

Some of the garden ornaments photographed were a birdbath, garden lamp, a large pot and a wheelbarrow, yet to be put out to pasture.

garden ornaments.
Garden ornaments.

Very few bottlebrushes and grevilleas were seen, both displaying pinkish tones.

bottle brush & grevilleas
The Australian section.

A couple of garden beds were noticed and a small verge garden featuring agapanthus and a single canna lily.

Garden bed and verge garden.
Garden bed and verge garden.

Surprisingly only one daisy plant was spied as were single examples of a pig's ear, lobelia and a bright orange lantana plant.

Daisy duo.

pigs ear, lobelia and lantana.
Pigs ear, lobelia and lantana.

One garden had a nice display of a table and chairs with an umbrella, a reindeer, a birdbath and a couple of statues on the front porch. A couple of creatures near a downpipe looked like they may have come down in the last shower. A thing I called a gizmo added some colour.

garden ornaments.
Some unusual ornaments.

If you didn't find the bee in Batterbee, have a close look at the bottlebrush and you will find two.

Street sign
Where you'll find the bees.
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Why? Only a short walk, but lot's to see.
When: anytime
Where: Batterbee Drive, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. G.7.
Cost: Free
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Very colourful street.
by 23and (score: 1|77) 116 days ago
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