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Eskdale Drive, Croydon Hills

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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 November 11th 2021
Where is the Mexican
This 700 metre drive is hidden away in Croydon Hills but is worth seeking out because of its diversity of flowers, such as an Alpine rose?

Alpine rose.
Alpine rose.

It meanders quite a bit and is steep at one end.

Eskdale Drive
The steep end.

Bottle brushes were in full bloom on many small street trees, one was almost wearing a hat, perhaps left behind from a visiting Mexican.

bottle brush
Bottle brushes and missing Mexican.

An interesting flowering shrub was a honeysuckle. A flowering cherry tree was another tree bursting in blossoms.


Cherry blossoms.
Flowering cherry tree.

No walkers were encountered on my walk, just a lady admiring her garden at the end of the drive.
Admiring her garden.

Roses are in season and many varieties were seen. A large bush full of roses was identified as a Hungarian rose. Red, pink and white roses added colour to their respective gardens.

Hungarian rose.
Hungarian rose.

More roses.

Two bird of paradise flowers had a backdrop of pink and red roses.

Bird of paradise and roses.
Bird of paradise and roses.

While walking along the footpath, I almost had to duck as two genuine ducks made a low-level pass over my head, to land in a nearby garden. I quickly followed them before they continued their journey.

The duck arrived and then left.

Near the top end of Erskine Drive, a small creek passes under the roadway. A gravel path from each side of the road follows the creek which has little water. Many stands of lilies were growing in the creek and along the path, many lomanda bushes were planted.

Creek path.
The paths along the creek.

When the creek does flow it empties into a lake in Candlebark Walk. A diversion to the lake revealed several dusky moorhens diving for food in the form of plants.

Candlebark walk & dusky moor hen.
Dusky moor hen on lake.

On my return walk to Eskdale Drive, a white-faced heron was spotted sitting on the opposite bank of the creek. Only one photo was possible before it departed. It is a magnificent sight seeing a large bird in flight.

White faced heron.
White faced heron.

Many examples of the dianthus genus were seen. I find it interesting that flowers of the same genus don't always look similar.

Dianthus flowers.
A variety of looks.

Succulents, such as aeoniums are becoming popular as low maintenance plants, forming an attractive pattern when in numbers. Flowering adds another attraction to them. One low growing stem of yellow blossoms was identified as a tree of love.

Aeonium succulent and tree of love.

A magpie and a noisy miner completed the avian sightings. A bird feeder was noticed in one garden, as were a trio of cement garden ornaments. A happy chappie, a child holding a fish and a birdbath.

Magpie & noisy miner.
Magpie & noisy miner.

bird feeder
Bird feeder.

garden ornaments.
A happy chappie, boy with fish and bird bath.

Not many daisies were growing, but one group was entertaining a visiting bee. Of similar colours were some iris plants and a blue corn lily.

Rose with visitor.
Iris & corn lily.
Iris and corn lily.

Several picket fences fronted some gardens, while a paling fence was aiding a mass escape of creeper.

Picket fences and paling.
Picket fences and paling fence.

Most unusual in a suburban street was a large wood pile with two wheelbarrows. A wheelbarrow in another garden, full of succulents had taken its last journey.

Wood pile & wheel barrows.
Wood pile & wheel barrows.

No garden would be complete without some grevilleas and some cistus ground coverings.


Cistus ground cover.

The sidewalks makes this walk more interesting.

Street sign
The place to find it all.

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Why? It's a nice walk.
When: anytime
Where: Eskdale Drive, Croydon Hills.
Cost: Free
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I just love the subtitles you come up with, Neil.
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