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Montana Parade, Croydon

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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 October 22nd 2021
A continuous verge
Montana Parade is unique for a suburban street. It is gravel, unsealed, with no footpaths and foliage to the edge of the road.
Montana Parade.
Montana Parade.

The parade follows the contours of a steep hill, so housing wise, there is a low side and a high side. It is narrow, with barely enough space for vehicles to pass and any foot traffic has to share the roadway. Fortunately, it is not a busy thoroughfare.

Montana Parade.
Narrow and unsealed.

It is a well-established area and so are the gardens. Flowering trees and shrubs feature in many. A rhododendron, princess tree, beauty bush and marsh rosemary are but some.

Rhododendron tree.

Princess tree.
Princess tree.

Beauty bush.
Beauty bush.

Marsh rosemary.
Marsh rosemary.

A white shape against a dark green tree manifested as a feeding sulphur-crested cockatoo. A brief visitor to another tree was a grey butcherbird.

Cockatoo & butcher bird.
Cockatoo feeding and butcher bird.

With a virtual verge garden along both sides of Montana Parade, is where many of the flowers grew. A nice cluster of paper daisies grew in several locations. Several kangaroo paws, both blue and white agapanthus and many morning flag iris were some of many roadside blooms.

paper daisy
Paper daisies.

kangaroo paw
Kangaroo paw.

Blue and white, a nice combination.

morning flag iris.
Morning flag iris.

Very few gardens had visible front gardens. One had a large expanse of lawn, on the only reasonably flat area, had a kangaroo statue adorning it. A tree swing was also seen.

Kangaroo & swing.
Kangaroo and tree swing.

The blocks are large and deep, with many only showing a driveway to the houses. Two lamps were seen on gate posts, an upside-down rabbit in a tree and a wire poodle guarding a mailbox added interest to the walk.

garden ornaments.
Interest at the entrances.

Four other birds were seen; a wattlebird, magpie, crimson rosella and a crow.

Wattle bird, magpie & crimson rosella.
Wattle bird, magpie & crimson rosella.

Surprisingly, many walkers were sharing the road with the few passing vehicles.

A very shared road way.

One of the dog walkers introduced me to his two companions, Bob and Peanuts, who posed for me, before continuing their walk.

Bob & Peanuts.
Bob and Peanuts posing.

dog walker
On their way.

Several roses were growing, pink, red, yellow and an alpine rose.

Pink & red roses.
Pink & red roses.

yellow rose
Two yellow roses.

Alpine roses.
Alpine roses.

At one end of Montana Parade, a concrete path winds through a small park to Cecil Circuit, a worthwhile short diversion.

The path to Cecil Circuit and one of many verge displays.

A Chinese lantern plant and several hibiscus bushes were in formal gardens, while a trumpet flower, periwinkle ground cover, oxalis and pigface were on the verge, as was a single gladiola.

Chinese lantern flower.
Chinese lantern flowers.


trumpet flower.
Trumpet flower.

Periwinkle ground cover.

oxalis & pigface.
Oxalis and pigface.


Grevilleas and bottlebrushes were profuse, both in gardens and on the verge.

grevillea & bottlebrush.
Grevillea & bottlebrush.

This walk gives you the feeling of wandering along a country lane, complete with dust when a vehicle passes.

Street sign
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Why? It's almost a country stroll.
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Where: Montana Parade, Croydon. Melways map: 50. G.5.
Cost: Free
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