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Forge Road, Mt. Evelyn

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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 23rd 2022
Forge ahead to enjoy this walk
Forge Road meanders and undulates for over one kilometre, starting at Bailey Road. One of the first things noticed is a verge garden of garden ornaments, dominated by a rusty 1942 vintage Howard tractor.

old tractor.
1942 vintage Howard tractor.

One bright spot was a bush full of yellow daisies.

yellow daisy bush.
These are visible from afar.

Forge Road is sealed but very narrow and mostly with no footpaths and vegetation down to the road in many areas.

Forge Road.
Forge Road.

Not far from Bailey Road the Little Stringybark Creek is crossed. Forge Road follows the creek for a couple of hundred metres with houses on the far side of the creek, where two flamingos stood out in a landscaped area. On the creek bank, a bench seat would be a restful spot on a hot day. On the other side of the road, the blocks are large and on a slope with many long driveways into them.

creek
Little Stringybark Creek, flamingos, seat and driveway,

The roadside verge is home to many trees including a flowering gum and several pittosporums with their multitude of orange berries.

flowering gum tree.
Flowering gum and pittosporum trees.

Surrounding the tractor, mentioned earlier, were several small garden ornaments, a wagon wheel and a large windmill. The property also sported a lych gate.

garden ornaments.
Two of the garden ornaments.


Wagon wheel and windmill.
Wagon wheel and windmill.


lych gate
Lych gate.

Where I parked to begin my walk I was confronted with a botanical delight with a sloping garden overrun with a multitude of colourful flowers. The most spectacular was an abutilon, easily identified by the gardener leaving the nursery tag attached. Three pots on a wooden seat had a nice background of red chrysanthemums.

Abutilon flower
Easily identified.


Chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemums behind seat.

A beard tongue and dahlia added more colour as did several grevilleas. Three different species of the salvia genus were also a welcome sighting. A princess flower was another interesting sight.

Beard tongue and dahlia.
Beard tongue and dahlia.


Grevilleas
Grevilleas.


salvias
They are all salvias.


princess flowers.
Princess flowers.

Few birds were seen. A couple of currawongs and the highlight of the walk, two adult female king parrots who kindly decided to feed in an overhead tree.

currawong
Currawong.


King parrot.
Adult female king parrot.

Despite the almost rural feeling and a narrow road, several walkers were seen. A rusty gate leading into a paddock added to the rural feel.

Walkers along road.
Walkers.


Rusty gate.
Definitely a country look.

Interesting signs are often seen, such as the one behind a wood heap and the bright yellow one on a gate. A barking black dog was also encountered.

cat sign.
I'll take my chances with the cat.

Other flowers were a rhododendron and an alpine rose, a camellia tree, several bottlebrushes, a plumbago bush and a small banksia.

Rhododendron and alpine rose.
Rhododendron and alpine rose.


camellia
Camellia.


bottle brush
Bottle brush bushes are always attractive.


plumbago and banksia.
Plumbago and banksia.

A number of nasturtiums were growing among a group of other plants adding a splash of colour against the green-leafed background.

nasturtiums
Nasturtiums are always colourful.

On the few grassed verges several fungi were growing.

fungi
Roadside fungi.

This is walk that in parts give you the impression you are wandering along a country lane.

Street sign
Our location.


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Why? It's a floral and garden ornaments bonanza.
When: anytime
Where: Forge Road Mt. Evelyn. Melway map: 118. C.11.
Cost: Free
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