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Jarvis Avenue, 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 1st 2021
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Jarvis Avenue is a 700-metre walk along a well-established avenue of large blocks, with many weatherboard houses still standing and very few blocks developed into multi-residences. It runs between Kurrajong Avenue and Mt Dandenong Road.

Jarvis Avenue.
Jarvis Avenue.

Well established houses usually mean well-established gardens and Jarvis Avenue has many.

1950s house.
How good is this.

Camellias dominate for colour and some very nice specimens showed themselves.

Four colourful camellias.
Four colourful camellias.

Naturally many daisies were growing and photographed.

four daisies
Four colourful daisies.

An overhead noise was heard and looking skywards, a single low flying Sulphur-crested cockatoo squawked its way on its way to somewhere. A Crow was walking around looking for a feed.
Cocky & crow
Airborne cockatoo and ground borne crow.

While walking past an overhanging tree, a faint bird noise was heard. Looking back, a splash of red, deep within a shady green tree, was a Crimson rosella busily feeding.

Crimson rosella.
Crimson rosella.

Many Grevilleas were blooming, with one being dive-bombed by a bee.

Grevilleas are always attractive.

Many walkers were out getting exercise, with and without their doggie friends.

dog walkers
Many people were out walking their dog.

solo walker
Solo walker.

More walkers.

Many cyclists were getting their exercise in a peddling fashion.

Cyclists cycling.

I was pleased to see many picket fences and two of them incorporated lychgates.

picket fences & lychgates.
Picket fences & lychgates.

Many Magnolia trees and bushes were blooming at various stages of their flowering, which make them a fascinating sight to observe.


Not as numerous as Camellias, Rhododendrons are equally colourful with their larger blooms.


A small landscaped verge garden was well-established on one nature strip with a metallic addition.

verge garden
Verge garden.

An interesting exercise by some local children was to decorate their fence with small plastic bags of goodies for passing children to enjoy. Definitely community spirit.

fence shop.
Fence shop,

A small statue of two children hugging was a heart-warming addition to one garden. The opposite feeling manifested itself when seeing a huge (toy) bear discarded for a hard rubbish collection.
Very cute.

large bear.
In need of a bear hug.

An almost unseasonal pink Rose standing tall before a bright blue sky was an attention-getter.

Looking up at beauty.

At the Mt, Dandenong end, the O'Shannassy Pipe Line linear trail is crossed, which is very popular with walkers and cyclists.

Trail path
The O'Shannassy Pipe Line Trail. l.l.

A native Hibiscus and many Geraniums were seen, both adding to the plethora of floral items in this avenue.

hibiscus & geranium.
Native hibiscus & geranium.

The only other bird seen was a single Currawong flitting from fence to tree.

Same bird, different perch.

Always nice to look at was a Leucadendron plant and the Vinca ground cover.

Leucadenron bush and vinca flower.
Leucadenron bush and vinca flower.

Although of the one colour, the multitude of green cup-like flowers of a Euphoria bush looked very impressive.

Euphoria bush
Euphoria bush.

I am always pleased to find new plants, to my identification skills, this walk yielded two which look very similar.

blue flower stems.
Subtle colours.

This is an easy walk with footpaths for most of the way.

Street sign
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Why? It's a floral bonanza.
When: anytime
Where: Jarvis Avenue, Croydon. Melways map: 51. D.4.
Cost: Free
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