Heath Avenue, Mt Evelyn

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Posted 2023-05-24 by Neil Follettfollow
Heath Avenue, Mt. Evelyn

This avenue is a bit of an enigma. It is well established, judging by the large blocks, old fences, and many overgrown gardens, but modern houses.

It is undulating over its 800 metres, but not excessively steep. Many gardens extended to the kerb line, which makes for a pleasant walk. A narrow footpath is provided partway on both sides.

Flowers weren't as plentiful as those in more conventional streets, but some colourful examples were evident, such as camellias and azaleas.

A couple of Guernsey lilies stood out in an open garden.

Many grevillea flowers were growing in some mature bushes.

Despite the verdant nature of this avenue, few birds were seen. Two magpies and two cockatoos were the only avian activity seen. Magpies make interesting photos when ground feeding, with their strutting-like gait. Cockatoos are often heard before being seen. Their screeching usually heralds their arrival in a nearby tree.

A nesting box was mounted high up on a tree trunk but would have been little use for a metal galah decorating a nearby garden.

A few daisies were flowering as were some pelargoniums.

I was furiously barked at by three different dogs as I passed their domain. They were large and I was pleased to see them behind substantial fences and gates.

Many properties had gates. I liked the contrast between an old one and a new one.

Another contrast was an old picket fence and a newly painted one. The same with other wooden fences. An old-fashioned wire one fitted in with the garden behind it.

Some abelia bushes had white flowers which contrasted with their red leaves.

A bower bush growing along a wire fence exhibited many blooms.

Only a few garden ornaments were seen. A much-neglected barrow garden bed, a fire hydrant and a happy gnome were three.

Two small, rusted wheels were on either side of an entrance.
It was autumn and the few deciduous trees looked magnificent with the sunlight shining through their turning leaves. Two other trees also looked photogenic, in their own way.

Dragons' breath was a colourful flowering bush. Rarely seen these days, but almost in every garden decades ago was pampas grass. Many roadside cotoneaster trees full of red berries indicate that they easily spread, probably by birds. They are a native of south-western China.

A distant orange vision was a group of fungi growing around a tree stump.

Only one walker was seen.

A polygala bush was identified but two others weren't.

This is an interesting walk if fences, gates, and barking dogs are your thing.

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