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Knee Lane, Croydon North

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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 9th 2022
Linger along the lane
It could be called the daisy capital of Croydon North.

One of many.

There are two sides to this lane. One side is like normal suburbia, with new houses, a footpath and nice gardens. The other side is almost country with verge vegetation to the road line hiding the residences. A feature of the verges is a plethora of daisies.

A trio of daisies.

verge daisies.
A verge full of daisies.

The impression is that the verge gardens are a council initiative, judging by a sign among the foliage.

council sign
The sign.

Street verge.
The verge side of the lane.

Many colourful flowers were encountered. Several shades of grevillea but only one bottle brush specimen.

grevillea & bottlebrush.
Grevillea & bottlebrush.

More grevilleas.

Daffodils added a splash of yellow as did several species of wattle with a deep pink azalea adding to the floral spectrum.


One of many wattles.


More subtle in colouring was a large expanse of jasmine, its perfume reaching the nose before the eyes see it. An Australian pea bush also had colourful flowers.

jasmine & Australian pea
Australian pea and Jasmine.

A few hebe plants were starting to flower in some gardens.

hebe bush
Hebe bush.

A lucky magpie appeared to have found two worms, another was still looking and a tree-perched raven showed no interest. A noisy miner was spied deep in a grevillea bush.

Magpies and raven.
Magpies with and without worms and a raven.

Noisy miner in bush.
Noisy miner quietly hiding in a grevillea bush.

Birds were well catered for with many amenities. Two feeders, a bath and a nesting box.

Bird amenities.
Avian amenities.

Close inspection of several green bushes revealed a myriad of clusters of small blooms. They were euphorbia plants.

Euphorbia bush
Euphorbia bush.

Another trio of interesting plants were the small white flowers of a viburnum tree, a red bromeliad and several aeonium plants.

Viburnum tree, bromeliad & aeonium.
Viburnum tree, bromeliad & aeonium.

Few garden ornaments were seen. One side wall had two interesting wall hangings and only one garden lamp was seen.

Wall hangings and garden lamp.
Fence decorations and garden lamp.

It was nice to see a lychgate in a picket fence, the beginning of a landscaped area and a wooden bridge.

Lych gate, garden bed and bridge.
Lych gate, garden bed and bridge.

Only one walker was encountered, walking a friendly little poodle cross, contrasting with a pure bred cement doggie.

Walker with dog.
Walking the dog.

Dogs, real and pretend.

It's a 700 metre lane starting at Yarra Road, with a right angle bend finishing as a no through road.

Bend in road.
Around the bend,

A roundabout is encountered at side streets.

At the end of the lane is an uphill gravel walkway leading to Hochkins Ridge Flora Reserve.

Looking towards Hochkins Ridge and back towards Knee Lane.

I walked this path for a couple of hundred metres seeing many low growing periwinkle bushes. The highlight of this diversion were several crimson rosellas, both on the ground and in trees.

Periwinkle ground cover.

Crimson rosellas.
A splash of colour and beauty.

Seeing two different sides of the lane is a bonus, with the bonus of a path to Hochkins Ridge Floral Reserve, the home of many wildflowers.

Street sign
The sign to look for.

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Where: Knee Lane, Croydon north.
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