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Evans Drive, 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 2nd 2021
Find the Donkey Cart
Evans Drive is almost a square walk as it travels for 900 metres in all four directions, starting and ending at The Range Boulevard.

Evans Drive.
Evans Drive.

At either end, you can join the ends along with The Grange, making a 1.4 km, walk.

Evans Drive.
A new estate.

It is a new housing estate on the former Croydon Golf Club golf course. Many of the houses could be classed as high density, being two storeys and touching each other. They have small front yards and mostly nice landscaped gardens.

street scene
Close living.

A small pink azalea bush, festooned with a myriad of bright blooms caught my attention from afar.

azaleas
Simply brilliant.

Almost as bright was an area of pig face and a tree full of bright red berries.

pigface flower.
Pig face, a colourful ground cover.


red berries.
Very bright.

It was a nice sunny day and many were out walking or just sitting in the warm sunshine.

walkers
Pushibg the pusher and enjoying the sun.

On the corner of Spriggs Drive is a large grassed park with a playground and an undercover BBQ and picnic area. Opposite this park is another small bush area on the corner of Millard Street, which has a path leading through to one end of Evans Drive.

playground
The playground and bbq area and a seat in the bush area opposite.

Bottle brushes and red flowering gums are all starting to bloom, many as street trees. Nice foresight by the local council.

bottle brush & banksia.
Bottle brush and flowering gum.

Banksias are another Australian native that is starting to appear with nice new growth on their cones.

banksia
Banksia cone.

The ubiquitous noisy miners appeared to be everywhere. One landed on a lawn very close and struck a nice pose. Another two landed to take part in a gutter smorgasbord.

noisy miner
A nice pose.


noisy miner s on gutter.
Noisy miners at the gutter smorgasbord.

Similar colourings, but different plants, were a hebe plant and a native hibiscus. Not bright colour wise but nice to look at.

hebe & native hibiscus.
Hebe & native hibuscus.

An unusual garden ornament was a donkey pulling a cart and a cherub having a sleep in a shell.

Donkey cart & cherub.
Donkey cart & relaxing cherub.

The find of this walk was three sulphur-crested cockatoos on a bird feeder, a truly magnificent sight in a suburban garden.

Cockatoos on feeder.
Triple delight.

A similar surprise was looking up at a tree I was standing under to see another cockatoo feeding in a gum tree. It was soon joined by a noisy miner, who seemed to delight in harassing cockatoos and other birds.

cockatoo & noisy miner.
This cockatoo was enjoying a feed when an interloper appeared..

Daisies were plentiful in many gardens as were many stands of aloe flowering plants.

daisies
Many daisies.


aloe flowers
Aloe in flower.

The only other bird seen was a lone crow fossicking on a lawn.


A statue of a lady standing on a lawn with a birdbath on her head was near a porch bound pot. Two different windmills were seen in gardens.

Statute.
Lady and a pot.


windmills
Big boys and little boys toys.

A large cement boot full of plants looked nice and an unusual looking light was hanging from a tree.

Cement boot.
A cement boot and something lighter.

Succulents in pots and gardens are becoming very popular. They look nice, particularly when flowering and are very low maintenance.

succulents
Succulents are popular.


red succulents.
Succulents gone to pot.

A very nice scene was a row of cordyline plants against a background in shadow. A couple of leucadendron plants were also nice to look at.

Cordyline trees.
A line of cordyline trees.


Leucadenron bush.
Leucadenron bush.

A few bird of paradise flowers were still in bloom and a couple of tall stalks of flowers with one being on the heath genus.

Bird of paradise
Bird of Paradise.


stalks of flowers.
The redone is of the heath genus.

I only found two flowers I couldn't identify. A white five petal bloom and a furry pink variety.

white flower.
White flower.


pink fluffy
Pink fluffys.

This can be a circuit walk and enjoy both sides of the street in one pass.

Street sign
Where you have been.
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Where: Evans Drive, Croydon. Melways map: 37. C.11.
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Your Comment
The donkey and cart looked to be heavy yet it the lawn had been neatly clipped around it.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9025) 25 days ago
Oh the Joy's of 2story homes , where you cant climb up to clean growing weeds out of the guttering
by ifaye (score: 1|74) 24 days ago
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