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Bonnie View Road

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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 19th 2020
There are some bonny views on Bonnie View Road
Bonnie View Road runs for 1.2 kms from Exeter Road to Maroondah Highway in Croydon.

It is a long established area with many houses sporting a front fence and a couple of weatherboard houses, reminiscent of the 1950s. One house had a lynch gate entrance, which is a gateway covered with a roof usually found at the entrance to a traditional English or English-style churchyard.

lynch gate
Lynch gate entrance.

Another reminder of the 1950s is a wire fence semi-overgrown with flowers giving a very old-world look. Another feature of the 50/60s was a hedge instead of a fence.

Wire fence
Very reminiscent of the 1950s.

Walking past a front garden hedge.

Several old fashioned picket fences had allowed flowering plants to escape through the pickets, adding visual interest to the fence.

escaped plants

Many colourful flowers were evident and a result of established gardens is large areas of colourful masses of flowers.

mass of flowers
Absolutely stunning.

Daisies are one of my favourite flowers. There must be hundreds of different varieties, so I am reasoning that if it looks like a daisy, it probably is.

Another common flower is the geranium. These impossible to kill flowers, come in many different colours and are very beautiful in their own right.

Geranium close up.

Near the end of Exeter Road is Bonnie View Reserve. It has a small play area, a bench seat and a large expanse of grass, activity space for all ages.

reserve sign
The almost hidden sign.

The playground and grassy area.

It appeared to be a very busy street. Several walkers were walking, several gardeners were gardening and a postman was delivering mail.

A walker.

Busy path
Walker, gardeners and postman meet.

One strange flower I photographed was a Nigella, which the kind people at the Wattle Glen Nursery in Warrandyte identified for me. They also identified the Mexican sage bush.

nigella flower
The Nigella flower.

Mexican sage
The Mexican sage bush.

Seen from a distance was a large tree festooned with bright orange blooms. It was a beautiful silky oak tree in full flower. It was growing next to a walkway which led to Warrien Reserve,well worth a visit on another day.

silky oak tree
Silky Oak tree.

silky oak tree
Spectacular up close.

Trees which produce flowers have an appeal with blooms contrasting with usually green foliage. Red bottlebrushes of the Callistemon genus is the most popular, but even white specimens look attractive.

White Anzac callistemon.

Three of the usual suspects bird-wise were present along the road. One noisy miner in a tree and two crows.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner in tree.

Strutting crow.

Two magpies were fossicking among the grass with one taking to wing at my approach. A bird in flight, viewed closely is a delight to witness.

Magpie in grass.

magpie in flight

One of the most prolific plants on nature strips are agapanthus. Considered by many to be an invasive weed, they do look nice in full bloom.

They do look nice.

white flowers.
A nice trio.

To young people this could almost be a historic walk, seeing how front gardens looked in the 1950s. To us older folks, it brings back memories and is a bonny view.
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Where: Bonnie View Road, Croydon. Melway map: 37.B.8.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great photos, thank you. Makes one appreciate anew where we live. I think you'll find however, that it's a lychgate. Lynching seems to have gone out of favour around these parts.
by Anton (score: 0|5) 64 days ago
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