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Lakeside Crescent, Croydon Hills

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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 16th 2022
Look for the strutting ducks
Lakeside Crescent starts and ends at Croydon Hills Drive. Thus it gives a pleasant 700 metre circuit walk.

Lakeside Crescent.
Lakeside Crescent.

The outstanding floral sighting on this walk was a three colour harlequin flower. A very colourful bulb, a native of South Africa.

Three colour harlequin flower.
Three colour harlequin flower.

Camellias were another colourful sight, with large bushes festooned with their bright flowers.

Very colourful.

A trio of Australian natives were a bottlebrush, gum nuts and a grevillea. A fourth addition was the ever present banksias.

Bottle brush, gum nuts, grevillea.
Very Australian.

Dead and alive.

Part of Lakeside Crescent passes the Candlebark Walk Reserve, which features a lake, usually home to many ducks. It was therefore not surprising to observe two ducks landing upon the nature strip, then strutting in unison across the roadway to the other side.

Candlebark Walk reserve.
Candlebark Walk Reserve.

Visiting ducks.

Several azaleas were in flower as were a large stand of rosemary.

Two shades of azaleas.


Magpies were the most numerous of birds seen, usually fossicking in the grass looking for a snack. A single crested pigeon was the only other bird seen.

Four magpies.
Four magpies.

Strutting magpie.
Put your left foot forward, then your right foot ....

crested pigeon
Crested Pigeon.

A trio of yellow flowers were a calendula flower, several freesias and an occasional daffodil.

yellow flowers
The yellow trio.

Several Chinese fringe flowers were a similar hue to a patch of daisies.

Chinese fringe flower.
Chinese fringe flowers.


A patch of purple was a group of grape hyacinth flowers. A colony of light mauve flowers were spring star flowers, grown from bulbs and can become prolific spreaders.

grape hyacinth flowers.
Grape hyacinth flowers.

Spring star plant
Spring star plant.

Lakeside Crescent is a newly-established area, but several properties had nice picket fences, with no lych gate, while one property had a large lychgate but no picket fence.

picket fence & lychgate.
Never the twain should meet.

A sunshine cone bush, a native of South Africa was growing nicely. A garden bed surrounding a tree base was a piece of landscaping.

Sunshine cone bush.
Sunshine cone bush and garden bed.

A few gazanias added a splash of colour but more brilliant was a honeywort flowered heath with its bright red blooms contrasting against its dark green foliage.


Honeywort flowered heath.
Honeywort flowered heath.

Another three colourful flowers were some wallflowers, some chrysanthemums and a brilliant poppy anemone.

Wall flowers, chrysanthemums and poppy anemone.
Wall flowers, chrysanthemums and poppy anemone.

Many walkers were about, all seemingly exercising judging by their pace.

Exercising walkers.

Two shades of iris flowers were almost hidden in a couple of well vegetated gardens. A kangaroo paw plant looked lonely growing in a patch of bare earth. A protea bush had many blooms and a single tall yellow rose stood out against the blue sky.

Two shades of iris.

kangaroo paw, protea and rose.
Kangaroo paw, protea and rose.

Several gardens featured garden lamps and an owl and a platypus were two of the few other garden ornaments seen.

Garden lamps.
Garden lamps.

Owl & platypus.
The owl and the platypus.

Last, but not least was a tall magnolia tree, displaying its magnificent flowers.

Magnificent magnolias.

Lakeside Crescent, combined with a short section of Croydon Hills Drive is a very interesting circuit walk.

Lakeside Crescent.
Lakeside Crescent.

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