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Johns Crescent, Mt. Evelyn

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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 March 15th 2023
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This 1.2 km meandering and undulating crescent runs off Birmingham Road. It is narrow, has no footpaths and the verge vegetation often touches the road surface.

Johns Crescent.
The meandering and undulating Johns Crescent.

It is a well-established area with both new and old residences. The blocks are large and many overgrown, which can give some pleasant scenarios.

landscaped areas
Small landscaped areas can look like flora dioramas.

A variety of flowers were evident. Some pink roses were worth a second look. Easter lilies were blooming in several gardens.

Pink roses.
The roses are in the pink.

Easter lilies.
Easter lilies.

Always a hit colour-wise are red hot pokers and red flowering gum trees.

Red hot pokers.
Red hot pokers.

Flowering gum.
More than a splash of colour.

Older areas often feature picket fences and I saw many. I seem to have a liking for them. Many well-established pickets have flora along their base giving them extra appeal.

Picket fences.
Pick your picket.

Picket fences with gardens.
Picket fences with gardens.

One lychgate was incorporated into a wooden fence. Two decorative motifs adorned a side fence on one property.

Lych gate.
Lych gate and motif panel.

Agapanthus were everywhere and several clumps looked attractive.

Nice in clumps.

Life cycle of agapanthus.
Life cycle of agapanthus.

A trend with older areas is modern wire fences giving an open feeling to many blocks.

Wire fences.
Wire fences and a wooden one.

Several flowering trees and shrubs were a firethorn tree with red berries, crepe myrtle and oleander.

Firethorn tree.
Firethorn tree.

Crepe myrtle & oleander.
Crepe myrtle & oleander.

Not floral, but attractive is the leucadendron bush when lit by backlight.

Leucandron bush.
Leucandron bush.

Many grevilleas were flowering, and one bush was a magnet for bees.


Grevilleas with bees.
Grevelleas with visiting bees.

Two varieties of salvias were colourful, with one attractive to bees.

Salvias and bee.

Part way along Johns Crescent it crosses the Mt. Evelyn Aqueduct Trail, which is a 6.4 km easy-medium grade walk.

Mt. Evelyn Aqueduct Trail.
Mt. Evelyn Aqueduct Trail.

The crescent is narrow and was reasonably busy on my walk, necessitating becoming aware of approaching traffic.

Motor cycle on road.
The motorcycle goeth and the truck commeth.

Street scenes.
Three views of Johns Crescent.

Two examples of traffic going nowhere were two long abandoned cars. Abandoned vehicles are common in long-established outer suburban areas which feature large blocks.

Abandoned cars.
Past their use by date.

I had several dogs bark at my passing, but I only saw two. A cement one and a real one. The real one was barking furiously and I'm pleased it didn't come through the mesh gate, as it would have strained itself.

The quiet and the rowdy.

I only saw two birds, a junior crimson rosella and a bronzewing pigeon.

Crimson rosella & bronzewing pigeon.
Crimson rosella & bronzewing pigeon.

Flowers kept appearing. A kangaroo paw, red mallow and a purple convolvulus.

Kangaroo paw, mellow and convolvulus.
Kangaroo paw, mellow and convolvulus.

A masked bear was hiding between security lights over a garage, some toadstools were keeping Buddha company, a seat was waiting for an occupant and a blue butterfly was resting.

Garden ornaments.
A collection of ornaments.

Other ornaments seen were a couple of garden lamps, a bird bath and an old iron wheel.

Garden lamps, bird bath and iron wheel.
Garden lamps, bird bath and iron wheel.

Yellow daisies stood out as did a couple of pelargoniums.

Yellow daisies.
Yellow daisies.


Morning glory and plumbago creepers were flowering.

Morning glory creeper.
Morning glory creeper.

Plumbago creeper.
Plumbago creeper.

Gates, both old and new added interest to fences.

One resident had a liking for palm trees, with many growing throughout their block. Another garden had a row of healthy-looking agave succulents.

Palm trees and agave succulents.
Palm trees and agave succulents.

I also seem to always come across unidentified plants and I saw two. The third was identified, on close inspection, as a red metal poppy.

unidentified flowers.
Unidentified plants.

It can be a challenging walk as some of the undulations are steep but worth the effort.

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Why? A Country Walk in Suburbia.
When: Anytime
Where: Johns Crescent, Mt. Evelyn. Melway map: 38. J.12.
Cost: free
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On the corner of John's Crescent and the ROW at the 5 way intersection is the original Gate House for the Chateau Wyuna. Its now behind a high fence in a private back garden. Once it was in view for all to admire.
by kdzim (score: 1|17) 6 days ago
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