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Geoffrey Drive, Kilsyth

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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 28th 2021
It's Spring and the Flowers Have Responded
Geoffrey Drive runs between Liverpool and Mt. Dandenong Roads for one kilometre.

Geoffrey Drive.
Geoffrey Drive.

It's a colourful walk both flora and avian wise. It's a bonanza of floral colour with azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, bottlebrushes and grevilleas.

azaleas
A mass of colour.


azaleas
More azalea colour.


rhododendrons
Rhododendrons.
camellia
Camellia.


bottle brush
Bottle brush bushes are always attractive.


grevillea
Grevillea.

Avian wise several crimson rosellas were feeding on a garden bird feeder, almost hidden in an overgrown garden.

crimson rosella
Crimson rosella.


Crimson rosellas.
Crimson rosellas feeding.

Daisies continued to dazzle in the colourful flower stakes, even the all-white ones have an attraction.

daisies
Daisies are always colourful.


daisies
More colour.


white daisies.
White ones look nice too.

Of more subtle colourings were several hebe bushes some small yellow Lady Banks roses and a delicate pink rose. A small magnolia tree and a cluster of white and green canna lilies added to the floral experience.

hebe bush
Hebe bush.


Lady Banks rose.
Lady Banks rose.


pink rose
Pink rose.


magnolia & lily.
A junior magnolia tree and a cluster of canna lilies.

Two groups of bird of paradise flowers were in two gardens and several groups of what looked like freesias adorned a garden bed, close to the footpath.

Bird of paradise
Two groups of bird of paradise flowers.


freesias
Freesias.

Many gardens had some very attractive garden beds featuring a variety of flowers. A verge garden similarly had flowers around the base of a street tree. Being bulb season many blue bells were in flower.

Garden beds.
Two very attractive garden beds.
verge garden
Verge garden and blue bells.

Two birdbaths were close together, looking rather unused. Another birdbath was definitely unused for its original purpose. Next to the mailbox in the same garden was a colourful metal rooster.

Bird baths and tin rooster.
Un used bird baths and a metal rooster.
bird bath.
A recycled bird bath.

Near the Liverpool Road end is the Geoffrey Reserve, a large "L" shaped grass park with a small playground.

Geoffrey Park.
Geoffrey Park.

Three birds were sighted sharing the same tree branch. Two crows and a little wattlebird. One crow departed the branch to land on a nearby overhead power line. The usual number of noisy miners were seen, both on the ground and in trees.

Birds
Little wattle bird and two crows sharing a perch and a noisy miner on grass.




noisy miner in tree
Noisy miners in tree.

Only two walkers were seen, one solo and one with their dog.

Solo walker.
Solo walker.


dog walker
Walking the dog.

A small street library was an amenity provided for passing book worms. Many gardens these days have ornamental garden lamps, some modern and other vintage looking.

Street library.
Help yourself.


Garden lamps.
The old and the new.

Tree blossoms were evident in many gardens, both white and a beautiful pink one. A number of pride of madeira spikes towered over a high fence.

White blossom & pride of madeira.
White blossom & pride of madeira.

A garden tap played host to a group of stones and little ornaments.

tap & stones.
Tap and stones.

A final splash of colour was a group of nasturtium plants and a brilliant orange Californian poppy. A bit of nostalgia here as Californian poppy was a popular brand of hair oil in the 1960s and 70s.

nasturtium
Nasturtiums are always colourful.


Californian poppy.
Californian poppy.

A spring walk along this street is a colourful one.

Street sign
Where you have been.
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Why? It's a floral bonanza.
When: Anytime
Where: Geoffrey Drive, Kilsyth. Melways map: 51. H.7.
Cost: Free
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