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Croydon Road, Croydon

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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 September 21st 2022
A Tower of Jewels awaits You
This road starts at Maroondah Highway and runs straight for 1.3 kms to a roundabout at the intersection of Wicklow and Kent Avenues. In the centre of the roundabout is the Croydon War Memorial.

Croydon Road.
Croydon Road from the roundabout and War Memorial.

Many of the gardens had a patch of lavender which the local bees found attractive.

Lavender and bee.
A very busy bee.

Early in my walk I saw a patch three colour harlequin flowers. Most colourful.

Three colour harlequin flower.
Three colour harlequin flowers.

The road reserve is very wide with a footpath on both sides. Between the footpaths and road is about a ten metre treed verge. Consequently, it is a very safe and shaded walk. Many walkers were seen enjoying the environment.

Walkers
All walkers seemed to be enjoying their walk.

Along most of the west side is a separate bike path meandering among the trees.

Bike path.
Footpath and bike path. This cyclist yet to reach his path.

It is a well-established area with well-established gardens with many mature plants. Camellia trees were very evident as were the now flowering magnolia trees.

camellias
These brighten up any garden.


Magnolias.
Magnolia tree, flowers and a white star magnolia.

Well-established areas also mean front fences and most blocks had them. Many picket fences, but only two lychgates, with one being a modern brick structure.

picket fences.
Picket fences from both sides.

lych gates
Lych gates, old and new.

Some picket fences had recessed gates in them and an occasional wire fence and gates. An unusual sight was a lyc gate structure on a roof.

gates
Recessed gates - picket and wire.


roof top lych gate.
Two different lych gates - simple and roof top.

Many different varieties of lilies were seen. The white variety was easily identified.

Three lilies.
Three lilies, white, bush and forest.

An interesting sighting was an expanse of the appropriately named tower of jewels plant. Another unusual plant was a kowhai tree, a native of New Zealand.

Tower of jewels
Tower of jewels.


Kowhai tree.
Kowhai tree.

With almost the whole road being lined on both sides by trees and shrubs many birds were observed. Two eastern rosellas kindly landed on a footpath ahead of me, giving me a clear view of them.

Eastern rosellas
A beautiful sight.

It is easy to see why grevilleas are often called spider plants. Some flowering gum trees were bursting into flower. It must be spring. A cherry blossom tree confirmed this.

Grevilleas
Grevilleas.


flowering gum
Bursting into life.


Cherry blossoms.
Cherry blossoms.

A holly tree was growing next to a church with just a few red berries, while a Japanese quince showed its bright red petals and a St. Martins flower added more colour.

Holly, Japanese quince and St. Martins plants.
Holly, Japanese quince and St. Martins plants.

A bird bath had a resident frog. An almost five-star nesting box was visible in one garden while a wooden eagle perched atop a pole on school grounds kept watch.

Bird bath, nesting box and eagle.
Bird bath, nesting box and wooden eagle.

Two real birds were a corella quietly perched on a tree branch. A raven preferred a gutter for having a rest.

Corella and raven.
Corella and raven.

Rosemary and polygala plants appeared in many gardens as well as some geraniums and gazanias.

Rosemary.
Rosemary.


polygala
Polygala flowers.


geraniums
Geraniums.


Gazanias.
Gazanias.

Near the roundabout end of Croydon Road was the former fire station, now empty but with its motto shield still displayed.

fire station.
Former Croydon fire station.

Often the first sighting of birds are ones perched upon the overhead wire, usually in silhouette. One such sighting in Croydon Road was an unfamiliar shape. On closer inspection, it was a grey butcher bird with its unique hooked beak. A noisy miner rounded out the avian sightings.

grey butcher bird
Three shades of a grey butcher bird.


noisy miner in tree
Their antics are a joy to watch.
An example of kangaroo paws looked nice with sunlight showing through them. A lilac hibiscus added more colour to my walk, as did a bluebell plant and a couple of daffodils.

kangaroo paws
Kangaroo paws.


lilac hibiscus.
Lilac hibiscus.
Blue bells & daffodils.
Blue bells & daffodils.

A couple of miniature windmills were two of the few garden ornaments seen.

windmills.
Windmills.

It is a pleasant walk along a busy road but completed separated from the traffic, giving an almost bush walk feel.



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Why? It is a colourful and pleasant walk.
When: anytime
Where: Croydon road, Croydon. Melway map: 36. K.12.
Cost: Free
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