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Glenwood 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 25th 2022
A floral bonanza
Spring brings out the flowers and the flowers bring out the bees giving a close-up look at nature.

bee on flower
A busy bee.

A patch of brilliant clivias started this walk on a bright note.

clivias
Good for a bright start.

Glenwood Drive is a no through road running off Mt. Dandenong Road.

Glenwood Drive.
Glenwood Drive.

Many different, appropriately named, three colour harlequin flowers are appearing in many gardens, as are trees in blossom. Cherry blossom and crab apple were two.

Three colour harlequin flower.
Three colour harlequin flowers.
Cherry blossom & crab apple trees
Cherry blossom & crab apple trees

Camellias were abundant and as usual, most colourful with masses of flowers.

camellias
Always a delight to see.

Freesias were popping up in almost every garden as they are prolific in spreading into nearby gardens. Daisies are also prolific spreaders with a patch in front of a picket fence that looked very attractive with a couple of bright gazanias adding extra colour. A patch of paper daisies added more colour.

Freesias
Colourful freesias.


Picket fence and daisies.
Picket fence and daisies.


Daisies & gazania.
Daisies & gazania.


paper daisy
Paper daisies.

Glenwood Drive is only a meandering 500 metres in length but a large grassy park can be accessed from two points giving an almost circular walk. The park has a small play area and several trees, where I photographed a noisy miner and a pair of colourful rainbow lorikeets.

Glenwood Park.
The two entrances to the park and play area.


Noisy miner and rainbow lorikeets.
Noisy miner and rainbow lorikeets.

Bacopa is a creeping herb with a mass of small purple flowers. Spring star and wallflowers were another pair of low growing colourful flowers.

Bacopa herb.
Bacopa herb.


spring star & wallflowers.
Spring star & wallflowers.

Only a couple of walkers were seen. One was taking a shortcut through the park and another was walking his black labrador dog.

man and dog
Walker with labrador.

The bright yellow broom tree stood out as did several magnolias. A large protea bush was at its flowering peak.

Broom, magnolia and protea.
Broom and magnolia.


proteas
Perfect proteas.

A raven and a couple of magpies were the only other birds seen, although a metal flamingo and a stork were residents in two gardens.

raven and magpie.
Raven and magpie.


Flamingo and stork.
Flamingo and stork.

A Pride of Madeira bush and a rosemary plant exhibited more sedate colours, unlike the rhododendron, pigface and rock rose.

Pride of madeira and rosemary.
Pride of madeira and rosemary


Rhodedron, pigface and rock rose.
Rhodedron, pigface and rock rose.

One tree trunk was decorated with a face while another protruded through a paling fence. It is rewarding to see man-made structures 'giving way' to nature. An almost common sight is garden beds surrounding trees.

Three trees.
How to use a tree.

A plant festooned archway with a picket gate was an interesting entrance to one garden. A wheelbarrow was a plant holder in retirement. Only one garden lamp was seen and a cement urn was spied in another.

Wire archway and wheel barrow.
Wire archway and wheel barrow.


Lamp & urn.
Lamp & urn.

Many grevilleas were in flower as was a jasmine and a single azalea bush.

Grevilleas
Grevilleas are an unique plant.


jasmine
Jasmine flowers.


azaleas
Azaleas.

Several bluebells a red carnation a lovely fuchsia rounded out a visual floral feast.

Blue bells, red carnation and fuchsia.
Blue bells, red carnation and fuchsia.

This street would have more flowers per metre than any I've walked.



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Why? A flower lovers delight.
When: Anytime
Where: Glenwood Drive, Croydon. Melway map: 50. F.4.
Cost: Free
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