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Churinga Avenue, Mitcham

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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 2022
Look for the DIY magpie
This 900 metres avenue is straight but undulating in parts. A stand-out item was a blue and white VW Kombi van mailbox.

Kombi van mail box.
Is the mail slot at the rear?

It is a well-established area indicated by the many mature trees both on nature strips and on properties.

Churinga Avenue.
Many mature trees.

It may be winter, but colourful flowers are a bright spot in dullish weather. A harbinger of winter is the appearance of wattle blooms and rhododendrons. Many bright yellow jonquils are popping up in many gardens.

Wattle & rhododendrons
Wattle & rhododendrons.

Simply brilliant.

Azaleas are appearing in many gardens with some trying to escape and many varieties of camellias are flowering.

Escaping azaleas.
A successful escapee.

Many colours of camellia.

While photographing a daisy, a bird sound was heard almost above my head. It was a very colourful rainbow lorikeet atop a tree. Its calls were answered by two more lorikeets perched on the edge of a nearby carport.

Rainbow lorikeets
How beautiful are these?

The daisies below the lorikeets.

Almost as colourful were many geraniums, a bright red salvia hot lips and a yellow rose about to bloom.

Geraniums, salvia hot lips and rose.
Geraniums, salvia hot lips and rose.

Bird baths and garden lamps featured in many gardens and recycled wheelbarrows are living out their days as mobile flower pots.

Bird baths
Bird baths, garden lamps and other ornaments.

Wheel barrow garden beds.
Wheel barrow garden beds.

It must be nesting season for magpies as one was seen collecting building materials. Another was content to sit on a fence while a currawong selected overhead wires as a perch and two created pigeons ground fossicked.

Magpie with building materials.
A DIY nest builder.

Crested pigeon, currawong & magpie.
Crested pigeon, currawong & magpie.

A bergenia plant, a native of central Asia, looked nice with its pinkish petals.

Bergenia plant
Bergenia plant

Sweet alyssum & veronica speciosa.
Sweet alyssum & veronica speciosa.

Only two groups of walkers were seen out and about.

All out for a walk.

Grasses are becoming popular in many gardens and a display of Chinese fountain grass didn't look out of place among flowers. Many cotoneaster trees were displaying their multitude of bright red berries.

Chinese fountain grass.
Chinese fountain grass.

Cotoneaster tree.
Cotoneaster berries.

A distant group of eight spotted doves fossicking on a lawn quickly dispersed onto rooftops on my approach.

spotted doves.
Spotted Doves.

A bright yellow cubby house featured in one garden and a bird nesting box was noticed in another. Being an older area, many picket fences were still standing, all looking freshly painted.

Cubby house and nesting box.
Cubby house and nesting box.

picket fences
A nostalgic look.

An aeonium succulent was about to flower and several magnolia blooms were in transition. Already flowered was a magnificent tree of gum nuts and keeping with the theme of natives many bottlebrushes and banksias complemented all the other floral displays in Churinga Avenue.
Aeonium plant.
Aeonium plant.

Gum nuts.
Gum nuts.

bottle brush & banksia.
Bottlebrushes & banksias.

Winter is no impediment to a colourful street walk.

Street sign
Where to see it all.

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Why? It's a floral bonanza.
When: anytime
Where: Churanga Avenue, Mitcham. Melways map:63. D.1
Cost: Free
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