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Meadowgate Drive. Chirnside Park

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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 28th 2021
All the bark is not on the trees
Meadowgate Drive begins at Country Club Drive and gently meanders for almost one km.

flowering bush
A sample of what was to come.

A small shopping strip is the dominant feature at this end with the main shop being a milk bar/convenience store.

The small strip of shops.

Most gardens are well-established, many displaying floral gems. One such flower was an Abelia, which is part of the honeysuckle genus.

An Abelia bush.

Well established gardens are often home to large flowering bushes and vines, particularly attractive when in flower. One such specimen was the Pink trumpet Vine, incredibly beautiful up close.

Pink trumpet vine.
Pink Trumpet Vine flower.

I encountered several spreading low growing bushes. A surprise was the Marigold, usually associated with single stems of flower.

A mass of Marigolds.

The Convolvulus, a native of Italy and North Africa, was another ground cover specimen with its mauve petals.

The subtle colour of the Convolvulus bush is attractive.

Normally the only dogs seen on street walks were on street walks themselves, accompanied by their owners. Occasionally, usually behind a high fence, many greet me with some barking. It was with some surprise that suddenly two loud barking heads assaulted my eardrums as two small dogs emerged through a hedge.

barking dogs
I wasn't prepared to test if their bark was worse than their bite.

No walking dogs were observed but a family outing on bicycles was nice to see.

bikes on footpath.
A family outing.

Bird wise the only ones seen were a couple of Indian Mynas.

Indian myna
An Indian Myna.

The only other 'wildlife' observed was a pretend Koala clinging to a pretend tree.

Koala in tree.
What. No leaves to eat.

Society Garlic, an indigenous to South Africa, appears in many gardens and look very attractive when planted en mass.

society garlic.
Quite attractive in clumps.

Considered by many as a weed, when Dandelions go to seed, the fluffy balls of seed pods look attractive and kids like to blow them off their stems.

dandelion seed pod
Waiting for the wind.

Metal fences make it easy for mass escapes of vegetation and can hide unattractive fences.

escaped bush
A mass escape.

Probably the most numerous flowers seen in any garden are roses, but with the huge variety of colours, attractive examples always stand out.

Yellow Rose

Meadowgate Drive is probably typical of many streets, an easy walk with a variety of flora to observe and enjoy.

Street sign
Where you have been.
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Why? Plenty to see.
When: Anytime
Where: Meadowgate Drive, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 37. J.4.
Cost: Free
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