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Jeffrey Drive, Ringwood

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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 February 17th 2021
The garden is a must see
Jeffrey Drives meanders for one km from Oban Road to Mullum Mullum Road.

Scarborough Lily
Scarborough Lily.

It's a well-established area so gardens are also well established and flourishing with verdant foliage interspersed with some very colourful flowering bushes and stand-alone flowers.

climbing rose.
Climbing roses are always colourful.

Some of the many flowering bushes are not seen much these days; Lasiandra and the Pandorea which is a climbing plant native to Eastern Australian forests.

lasiandra
Lasiandra flowers are divine.


Pandorea
Pandorea climbing vine.

An Abelia bush with its white flowers and red leaves against a background of green leaves looks spectacular. Although very common the white, Agapanthus can also look spectacular in good lighting conditions.

Abelia
These do look spectacular.


agapanthus
White is nice.

When you have densely vegetated old gardens, weeds tend to hide before springing forth. One such occasion was the appearance of a blackberry bush, complete with blackberries.

black berries.
Blackberries.

Always a pleasure to see and photograph is the red flowering gum, spectacular from both near and afar.

red flowering gum.
Cannot be more brilliant.

Some individual performers were several Kangaroo Paws and the strangely named Dusty Miller. The Kangaroo Paws were in a verge garden which was its main vegetation. A real mob of them.

kangaroo paw
The unmistakable shape of a Kangaroo Paw.


dusty miller flower
Dusty Miller flower.

On my street walks, I see very few dogs. Apart from ones taking their owners for walks. It was a surprise to see two just standing in a front yard looking like they were guarding something. They were. No barking, no growling as they were tin dogs. At their feet was a plaque reading "Treasured, Loved & Faithful. Friends at Rest." Those friends were probably under the plaque.

tin dogs
On guard.

A man and a real dog taking a stroll were the only walkers seen.

man & dog
Walking the dog.

The highlight of this walk was near the Mullum Mullum Road end. A landscaped verge garden was the first sight of what was to come.

verge garden
Verging on the beautiful.

The whole front yard was full of small trees, flowers in pots, shrubs and lots of garden ornaments.

beautiful garden
The garden is a full house.


beautiful garden
A scenic walkway.

Prominent among the items was a bird feeder which was home to a pot plant.

bird feeder.
There is room for a bird or two.

It seemed a delightful way of not having a lawn to mow. Several houses sported verge gardens, making for a pleasant walk.

Always on the lookout for avian activity, I was only rewarded with the introduced pest called an Indian Myna and the useful Wattle Bird.

Indian myna
Indian Myna.


wattle bird
Wattle bird.


For most of the distance, Jeffrey Drive parallels the Mullum Mullum Creek walking trail, which runs behind the south side houses. The trail can be accessed in two spots with bushy walkways between houses.

In densely vegetated gardens, climbing roses seem to thrive and always impress with their vibrant colours.

climbing rose.
Always beautiful.

Non-flowering plants like the Aeonium succulent are becoming very popular. Maybe because they are low maintenance and almost a plant and forget plant.

Aeonium.
Aeonium succulents.


This drive is quite steep at the Mullum Mullum Road end and not suitable for wheelchairs but a slow drive past would allow the verge gardens to be appreciated.
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Why? Just another street walk? No this one has almost everything.
When: Anytime
Where: Jeffrey Drive, Ringwood. Melways map: 50. B.3.
Cost: Free
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