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Langdale Drive, 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 December 18th 2020
A good round walk
Langdale Drive is a one-way walk. It begins at Croydon Hills Drive and loops around to arrive back to itself only 200 metres from where you started, giving a 1.2 km walk.

Ever attractive grevillea.

I think I covered more than 1.2 km as I zig-zagged across the street when an interesting flower was noticed on the other side.

kangaroo paw
Kangaroo paw, simple but nice.

Thanks to the folks at Branch Out Nursery in North Ringwood, I was able to identify a couple of the more unusual flora seen. The aeonium was a non-flowering plant that I often saw in gardens. As a single specimen, they didn't rate a second glance but with a mass of heads, they have a certain beauty.

dietes iris
Dietes iris.

One of the aeonium genus.

The Leptospermum was another frequently seen plant which remained anonymous until recently. These often grow in clusters and do look awe-inspiring.

A leucospermum bloom.

Can't get any brighter than these azaleas.

Flowers that have escaped through or over fences have a special appeal to any walk.

escaped flowers.
A mass escape.

Another similar interesting occurrence is when a colourful bloom breaks through a verdant bush, giving a nice contrast of colours.

rose & bush
A nice contrast.

A girl was out exercising as was a man on a bicycle followed by his faithful dog. Walking the dog with a difference.
girl walking
An exercising walk.

man on bike
Follow the leader.

When a hard rubbish collection is imminent, some interesting sights are seen. Many sofas and lounge chairs are often sitting on nature strips, awaiting their fate. Occasionally they are occupied.

abandoned sofa
Soft hard rubbish.

The usual suspects, bird-wise, were seen. The everywhere noisy miner, the almost everywhere magpie and a sometimes crested pigeon.

noisy miner
Noisy miner in tree.

crested pigeon
Crested Pigeon.

Garden ornaments are often used as an addition to plants, shrubs and flowers. I have noticed lately that owls are becoming popular.

Garden owl
Garden owl.

At times of seasonal activities, such as Halloween and Christmas, many temporary garden ornaments appear in front gardens. Christmas decorations range from a simple stick in the ground items to night time displays that could rival the Myer Christmas windows.

Santa on bike
On your bike Santa.

Every street walk has something different to see, from exotic flowers to unique garden ornaments.
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Where: Langdale Drive, Croydon Hills. Melways map: 36. G.6.
Cost: Free
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