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Croydondale 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 July 9th 2021
You would be a galah to miss the galahs
This almost one kilometre drive runs from Hull Road and meanders a little but is quite level.

Croydondale Drive.
Croydondale Drive.

My walk started in the best way possible, two colourful galahs huddled together half up a tall gum tree. Were they cold or just in love?

two galahs
The love birds.

Camellias were out in force with many vying for photographic attention.

pink camellia
The colour is subtle.

camellia tree
A tree full.

A few more.

Almost as prolific were several Azaleas.


azalea bush.
More azaleas.

Although it is a well-established area only one lychgate and picket fence were seen, unusually in front of a brick residence. Another picket fence was very overgrown as was all of the garden.

Lych gate & picket fence.
Lych gate & picket fence.

overgrown fence
Seen better days.

A bee found a pink rose attractive, while I found a single red rose against a blue sky attractive.

bee on rose
Rose with a visitor.

red rose
A tall one.

Also attractive was a large bush of orange Chinese lanterns, always a pleasure to see.

chinese lantern flower.
Chinese lantern flowers.

Old wheelbarrows are often recycled as elevated, mobile garden beds, so two in the one garden was noteworthy. One ornamental and one practical, with a lush crop of parsley.

wheelbarrow garden bed.
Wheelbarrow garden bed.

wheelbarrow garden bed.
A nice crop of parsley.

A red bottlebrush was erupting into full flower, but still looked attractive.

bottle brush
Always colourful.

This is a street of mature trees and an advantage of them is many children's swings are attached to some of the lower branches. Homegrown fun.

garden swing.
Home made swing.

No walkers were encountered, just a group of three waiting for a house inspection appointment.
waiting group.

A bird feeder, birdbath and a fountain were adjacent to each other to attract local avian life.

bird feeder
A busy garden.

A crested pigeon and a magpie were the only other birds seen, apart from the earlier mentioned galahs.

crested pigeon
Crested Pigeon.

Almost hidden magpie.

A magpie of a different species was seen holding a cement 2010 Collingwood AFL premiership trophy.

Collingwood statue
Definitely has the colliwobbles.

Partway along is Walhalla Court, a short street, which ends at the Walhalla Reserve, which extends through to Hull Road, via a level gravel path.

Walhalla Court.
Walhalla Court.

Walhalla Reserve.
Walhalla Reserve.

A small tree with no leaves and just some lovely pink flowers stood out, as did the very colourful patch of Pigface.

pink flowers
Very nice.

pigface flower.
Pigface succulent.

Many jonquils were flowering, with the yellow ones particularly attractive.

Brilliant in sunshine.

Many gardens are featuring the very low maintenance yucca plants. They do add to a garden when planted in numbers.

yucca plants
Many yuccas make nice viewing.

It's an easy walk, even for the mobility challenged, with the bonus of a reserve walk.

Street sign
Where you have been.
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Where: Croydondale Drive, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. H.12.
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