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Daymar 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 May 1st 2022
Your day will not be marred by this walk
The first thing I noticed on this walk was towering stalks of red roses. A floral extravaganza awaited me.

rose
A wonderful first sighting.


Daymar is only a short 500-metre walk along a well-established street.

Daymar Drive.
Daymar Drive.


More roses awaited me in many gardens, as did several colourful geraniums.



geraniums
Geraniums.

Native species were represented by some nice banksia bushes and equally nice grevilleas in various stages of maturity.

banksia
Banksias in their prime.


Grevilleas
Grevilleas.


A mass of fairy fan flowers was a nice sighting in a small rockery in one garden. Small, but delightful up close, are correas, shrub balsam and strawflowers.

Fairy fanflowers
Fairy fanflowers.


Correa, shrub balsam & straw flowers.
Correa, shrub balsam & straw flowers.

It's not only flowers that are attractive as many non-flowering plants fit that category. Leucadendron bushes are particularly attractive with their tulip-like uppermost leaves almost translucent red when backlit on a sunny day. Almost dull by comparison are pig's ears, a blue-grey succulent, a native of South Africa, although they do produce tall stalks of flowers.

Leucadenron bush and pigs ears.
Leucadenron bush and pigs ears.

The drive is tree-lined, but the only birds photographed were a single little wattlebird and one of several magpies. Several noisy miners flew past and some crows could be heard in the distance.

little wattlebird
Little wattle bird & magpie.


One of my favourite sights is a mass of colourful daisies. A large bush of yellow ones was a delight to see.

Daisies.
Very colourful.

Rhododendrons were starting to flower as were bougainvilleas.

rhododendrons
Rhododendrons.


Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea.

Surprisingly very few garden ornaments were seen which sometimes can be as interesting as the flowers. The only one of note I saw was a couple of little monsters. Hard rubbish collections seem to be almost continuous and everything seems to find its way to the nature strip, even the kitchen sink.

kitchen sink.
Kitchen sink and little monsters.

I guess garden lamps could be called ornaments, but along with bird baths, they are practical, although one lamp had seen better days, or should that be better nights.

Garden lamps.
Garden lamps.

A single protea was seen hiding among larger plants. A member of the malvaceae genus, a group of fountain grass and a budding iris added to the floral displays.

protea
Proteas do look nice.


Malvaceace genus, fountain grass and iris.
Malvaceace genus, fountain grass and iris.

Several solo walkers were seen, but no dogs with them. A newly painted white picket fence was a delightful way to end this walk.

walkers
Walkers.


picket fence
White picket fence.


Short, but colourful would describe this street walk.

Street sign
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Why? It's a floral bonanza.
When: anytime
Where: Daymar Drive, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. J.9.
Cost: Free
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