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Britannia Way, Lilydale

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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 June 14th 2021
Britannia rules the ways
Britannia Way is only a 600 metre thoroughfare, starting and ending on Nelson Road.

Britannia way
Britannia way.

You can make it a complete one kilometre circuit by joining the two ends along Nelson Road.

Britannia way
Looking down to Nelson Road.

A surprise, tree wise, was a 15 metre tall banksia tree. Research indicates that they can grow up to 30 metres tall. Most species seen in suburban gardens are the shrub and bush variety.

banksia tree
Banksia tree.

A single banksia.

Flowering gum trees are beginning to flower, offering some colour to street trees, whereas deciduous trees are offering colour to gardens.

flowering gum
Red flowering gum.

Some yellow daisies providing a brilliant splash of colour as did a single bloom and a bush full of yellow daisies. Another splash of yellow was a trio of roses.

yellow daisy
Yellow daisy.

daisy bush
A bush full of daisies.

yellow rose
Yellow beauty.

Not many walkers were out but a cyclist was peddling along Nelson Road.

lady & pusher.
Mother & pusher.

Cyclist on Nelson Road.

Bird sightings was restricted to two Indian mynas on a rooftop and one noisy miner displaying its acrobatic skills while feeding. A colourful nesting box attached to a tree looked like it was well used.

Two quiet Indian mynas.

noisy miner
Acrobatic noisy miner.

nesting box.
The colourful nesting box.

Making up for the lack of feathered birds a metal stork was standing stately in one garden, while another garden ornament thought they were Atlas, holding up a birdbath.

metal stork
The metal stork.

garden ornament.
The would be Atlas.

Many hebe bushes were in flower as were several grevilleas.

hebe bush
A variety of a hebe flower.

A particularly spectacular sight was a weeping cherry tree with the sun shining through its autumn leaves.
weeping cherry bush.
A wonderful sight.

My new find on this walk was a grewia plant, quite colourful with different shades of pink.

The beautiful grewia flower.

Along the Nelson Road section, a spoon village had sprung up, not highly inhabited, but a start.

spoon village
From little spoons a village grows.

A native species of South America is the potato vine, which is appearing in a few gardens. It is a climbing plant, hence the vine name.

Potato vine
Potato Vine creeper.

Many houses that have a front fence are often establishing a garden between the fence and the footpath. One in Britannia Way had a row of six Yucca plants which will eventually hide the colorbond metal fence.

Yucca plants.
A row of yuccas.

A pink azalea plant looked attractive and are a popular low growing variety, as was a lantana bush.
A species of the azalea.


It's an easy walk, with footpaths on both sides and power lines underground.

Street sign
You have seen the way.

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Why? It's a circular walk.
When: Anytime
Where: Britannia Way, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. H.2.
Cost: Free
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The weeping cherry was a spectacular sight. Right place at the right time.
by annie (score: 1|51) 43 days ago
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