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Heathwood Street, Ringwood East

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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 January 10th 2022
Don't be alarmed
This 800-metre street is straight but hilly, starting at Canterbury Road.

Heathwood Street. Slightly hilly?
Heathwood Street. Slightly hilly?


Lots of trees and shrubs were in flower. Most spectacular was a red flowering gum in full flower, visible from houses away.

red flowering gum.
Red flowering gum.

Another red object visible from afar was a red fire alarm, purely decorative as the glass had been broken long ago. Another strange object in one garden was just that, a strange object.

fire alarm.
Don't be alarmed, it's inactive.


strange object.
Strange garden ornament.

A small and a large mauve honey myrtle looked like a tree full of mauve pom-poms, quite spectacular on close inspection.

Mauve honey myrtle.
Mauve honey myrtle.

No street walk this time of year would be complete without seeing some grevilleas and bottlebrushes.

grevillea & bottlebrush.
Grevillea & bottlebrush.

Almost every garden was host to some agapanthus, including many on the verge. Geraniums are small flowers but have a unique beauty when viewed closely.

agapanthus
Grevilleas are always attractive.


geraniums
A close look is rewarded.

A vast array of garden ornaments presented themselves in Heathwood. A well-dressed bunny, a bear living a sheltered life and a cash register moonlighting as a mailbox.

garden ornaments.
The well-dressed bunny, sheltered bear and cash register.

More garden ornaments were two garden lamps and a pole for hanging baskets.

Garden lamps.
Tall ones.

It was a hot day and the only bird seen was an Indian myna, although a flamingo was spied hiding in the foliage.

Indian myna
Indian myna.


flamingo
Shy flamingo.

Not many daisies were seen but many iris flowers were flowering.

yellow daisy.
Yellow daisies.



Japanese maple trees always look colourful as do kangaroo paws. Dying bird of paradise flowers almost have an intrinsic beauty when in groups.

Japanese maple, kangaroo paw & bird of paradise.
Japanese maple, kangaroo paw & bird of paradise.

Many picket fences were a feature of many gardens. I saw three escapees, two successful and one failure. Picket fences provide a good escape route, cascading over a solid wall is another but alas one chose a free ride in a wheelbarrow and remains in captivity.

Picket fences.
Picket fences.


escapees
Three methods of escape.

A junior polygala bush was already flowering and a red crassulaceae was already in full flower.

polygala
Polygala bush and red crassulaceae.

Two unidentified plants were photographed, a white one and a red one.

flowering tree.
Prolific and colourful.

For walkers with a literary bent, a street library was open with a good range of novels.

Street library.
Open all hours.

It was a hot day and no walkers or dogs were encountered but I did see one cool cat.

cat
The cool cat.


Heathwood Street ends at Walhalla Drive with a corner park with a small play area, a couple of picnic tables and many trees.

playground
The playground.


With its hilly bits, it is a scenic workout.

Street sign
We are here.

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Why? A good workout with floral attractions.
When: anytime
Where: Heathwood Street, Ringwood East. Melways map: 50. D.11.
Cost: Free
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