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Gracedale Avenue, Bayswater North

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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 December 4th 2021
It's almost a street aviary
Gracedale Avenue is 1.2 kms of floral and avian delight. Many birds of paradise were spreading their wings, so to speak, to showcase their beauty.

Bird of paradise
An unique floral beauty.

It starts at Canterbury Road and is a no through road - but has many side streets before ending in a dead-end.

Gracedale Avenue.
Gracedale Avenue.


Gracedale Avenue.
The end.

Some nice examples of roses were evident, both pink and white. Chinese lantern plants always have an unusual look to them with orange one being the most numerous.

roses
Always worth looking at.


Chinese lantern flower.
Nice from any angle.

Not noticed until underneath it was a sulphur-crested cockatoo feeding in a liquid amber tree, almost hidden in the lush green foliage.

sulphur crested cockatoo.
He is enjoying himself.

A native frangipani tree looked magnificent covered in its yellow flowers. Worldwide there are almost 1000 species of the salvia genus. A magenta and lilac coloured specimen was particularly attractive.

native frangipani
Native frangipani.


salvia
A beautiful salvia.

An unusual plant for a front garden was a globe artichoke. Two different plants were a lamb's ear and an oyster plant.

globe artichoke & lamb's ear.
Globe artichoke & lamb's ear.


oyster plant
Oyster plant.

Many noisy miners were about, in trees fossicking in grass. Also fossicking was a galah that absconded on my approach.

noisy miners
Noisy miners.


galah
Despite their name, they are a beautiful bird.


I was pleased to see many picket fences and a wire one. Many gardens sported a garden lamp and a couple of strange metal sculptures.

Picket fences.
Picket fences.


fences
Very nostalgic.


fences
More nostalgia.


Garden lamp.
Metal ornaments and garden lamps.

A nice trio of flowers were a polygala bush, an unidentified white flowering bush and a healthy-looking group of kangaroo paws.

Polygala and kangaroo paw.
Polygala and kangaroo paw.

No Australian garden would be complete without, grevilleas, banksias and bottlebrushes. Gracedale Avenue had numerous examples of all of them.

Grevilleas
Grevilleas.


banksias
Banksias, near and far.


Bottlebrushes.
Bottlebrush.

Magpies cropped up in many places as did some spotted doves and a red wattlebird.

magpie
Magpies.


spotted doves
Spotted doves usually just sit and watch.


Red wattle bird.
Red wattle bird.

Part way along from Canterbury Road is an unnamed linear park leading through to Hume Street.

grassy park.
Leads to Hume Street.

At the halfway mark is Gracedale Park, a large area with a playing field and a well-equipped playground. There was a cricket match in progress when I passed and a football match would probably be seen in winter.

Gracedale Park.
Have a swing, play cricket or just watch.

A large toy bear looked down from his lofty position. A mailbox was adorned with a tiled mosaic. Another mailbox had a close relationship with a garden lamp.

bear and mail boxes.
The bear has a good view of the mail boxes.

One garden with a rather overgrown flora had many small garden ornaments scattered throughout.

garden ornaments.
All of these were in the same garden.

Many walkers were out with their dogs. Amber was one dog who was very friendly and posed for me as did a mother and daughter pair of border collies. A golden retriever just stared at me from an adjoining property.
walkers
Walkers and their dogs.


dogs
Dogs that I met. Amber is the little terrier.

It was pleasing to watch the feeding antics of a rainbow lorikeet, almost defying gravity at times. An unusual sighting at the end of Gracedale was a small yard of chooks, who seemed to think I was going to feed them as they rushed to the fence.

rainbow lorikeet.
Captivating from any angle.


chooks
Most unusual in suburbia.

A garden gate, large pots and a toy village featured in three gardens. Many picket fences were evident in the well-established avenue.

Gate and pots.
Garden gate, large pots and a toy village.

A colourful way to end is with a guinea flower and a brilliant gazania.

Guinea flower and gazania.
Guinea flower and gazania.

With numerous flowers, many birds and two parks this could be a long and pleasant walk.

Street sign
You won't forget this one.
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Why? It's a floral and avian bonanza.
When: anytime
Where: Gracedale Ave., Bayswater north, Melways map: 50. E.11.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
At our old place we had the traditional lamp on a post (even a flag pole) and bird of paradise plants. I miss our beautiful garden but not the work to keep it up. Our current place is much more maintenance free as we bought with our later years in mind.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9626) 27 days ago
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