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Hayrick Lane, Mooroolbark

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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 June 15th 2021
Hey, Hey, It's Hayrick
This 1.2 km lane starts where Woodville Drive ends and ends as a no through road, although there are many exits along the way.

Hayrick Lane
Hayrick Lane

It meanders a little, has a few slopes and several roundabouts.

Roundabout
One of the roundabouts on Hayrick Lane.

A benefit of street walks, apart from the exercise, is your botanical knowledge is expanded by identifying the vast numbers of flora seen. A good example is the number of different varieties of the same species. A good example is the salvia species.



salvia
More salvia.

Camellias and azaleas are another species of almost untold numbers.

camellia
Camellia.

azaleas
Azaleas.


This walk was during a COVID19 lockdown and as with previous lockdowns, more people were out and about, many with their dogs getting exercise.

girl with dog.
Walkies.


girl with dog.
Girl walking dog.


couple & dog
Couple walking their dog.

A lone cyclist whizzed past getting plenty of exercise.

cyclist
Lone cyclist.


This is a busy street in a well-established area. Many properties have high front fences and well-established gardens, many with mature trees. Consequently, many trees overhang the footpath. A very productive lemon tree was one, as was a pittosporum tree.

lemon tree
Street lemons.


pittosporum.
Pittosporum berries.

A flash of colour passed overhead in the form of two crimson rosellas, landing in a nearby tree and commencing to feed.

crimson rosella
Crimson rosellas.

Two unusual features of this walk was an old fashioned milk bar in a suburban street and a children's street library, full of children's books.

milk bar
Milk bar.


library sign
Children's library sign.


childrens street library
Children's street library.

Tree dahlias were in bloom at this time of the year and several were sighted, and at ground level were several spikey lomanda bushes.

tree dahlia
Tree dahlias.


Lomanda bush.
Look, but don't touch.

Other tree residents sighted were a currawong and a noisy miner having a feed.

currawong
Currawong.


noisy miner
Feeding time.

One of several magpies sighted was clinging to the rim of a gutter, no doubt having a good view of the neighbourhood.

magpie on gutter
Magpie on gutter.

Yucca plants, a native of the arid areas of South America, are becoming very popular. I spied one growing in a pot, looking very healthy.


Two slightly unusual plants were a bush full of proteas and a couple of correa flowers.

proteas
Protea bush.


correa
Correa bush.

Old fashioned lamps are in many gardens and when surrounded by autumn leaves make a delightful picture.

Garden lamp.
Lamp and leaves.

Iris flowers are unique looking and a mauve specimen looked exceedingly beautiful.

iris
Some iris flowers are beautiful.

A tall red rose stood out against a blue sky and a small white-flowered choisya bush, a native of southern North America was stunning when closely inspected.

red rose
Looking up at beauty.


choisya shrub
Choisya shrub

A subtle pink coloured flower was identified as a New Guinea impatiens, a native of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

new guinea impatiens
New Guinea impatiens.

Street walks are good exercise but can be time-consuming if you pause to appreciate the flowers you see and perhaps do smell the roses.

Street sign
Either way is worth it.
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Why? Another interesting street walk.
When: anytime
Where: Hayrick La ne, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. J.10.
Cost: free
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