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Melview Drive, Ringwood 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 February 5th 2021
You may need your Melways to find Melview
Melview Drive meanders off Warrandyte Road for almost one kilometre. The street sign was an indication it was to be a leafy green walk.

Street sign
Even the street sign is leafy green.

It's a well-established area with largish blocks and mature nature strip trees, which combined with well-established front gardens, gives a definite leafy eastern suburbs look.

street scene
Definitely leafy and green.

A feature of well-established gardens is flowering bushes. Two white specimens were seen, a Potato Vine and the ever present climbing roses.

Potato vine
Potato Vine creeper.


climbing rose.
White climbing rose.

A red Hebe bush stood out with its vibrant colour. Hebe is a genus of plants native to New Zealand, Rapa in French Polynesia, the Falkland Islands, and South America. It includes about 90 species and is the largest plant genus in New Zealand.

hebe bush
Red Hebe bush.

Iris plants have very unique petals and a red leaf among green leaves always attracts your attention.

iris
Iris flowers do look nice.


red leaf
Visually attractive.

One nature strip tree sported a small tree house, thought to be a nesting box.

nesting box
For a nature strip resident.

Another nature strip tree was a flowering gum which certainly brightened up the walk, as it was visible from a hundred paces.
flowering gum
Very attractive.


A large open area, which was an unnamed park, was equipped with a small play area, a basketball hoop as well as a grassy area. A central path indicates that it was a local short cut through to Oban Road.

playground
The small playground.


path through park
The short cut.

A modern garden trend seems to be non-flowering plants such as the Aeonium, which look awesome when planted in clumps.

Aeonium.
Aeoniums look attractive en mass.

Another popular non-flowering plant is the Agave, a genus from the hot regions of the Americas.

agave plant
A single Agave.


agave plants
Well established.

Heavily vegetated gardens are the norm but an occasional newly landscaped garden does not look out of place.

new garden
A newly established garden bed.

For any book worms in the area, a street library catered for their literary needs. I have seen many street libraries and all look very well built. A little research revealed that at streetlibrary.org.au you can buy readymade or ready to assemble street libraries to start your own street library.

Street library.
No late return fees here.

Passing close to a large bush two large eyes were peering at me. It was a soft toy resident among the leaves. Soft toys in trees are found in many streets, a sight you won't get from a moving vehicle.

soft toy in tree
Keeping a look out.

Plumbago is shrub with many different species within its genus. Plumbagos are summer blooming, shrubby, semi-climbers which spread by clumping from the base. They flower prolifically with trusses of white or blue blooms.

plumbago
Plumbago bush.

No garden is complete without roses. I am amazed at the number of different varieties and colours there are.

red rose
It's future will be bright.

I disturbed a group of Spotted Doves as I rounded a slight curve and all but one disappeared. The one landed on overhead wires but kept its eye on me.

spotted dove
A watchful dove.

A rarity was sighting of a tabby cat lying on a driveway. In all my street walks this is only the second cat sighted.

cat
A feline encounter.

Despite its name, I didn't see any views of Melbourne during this walk, but there was plenty of other things to view.
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Why? Always something new to be seen.
When: Anytime
Where: Melview Crescent, North Ringwood. Melways map: 49. J.3.
Cost: Free
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