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Montrose Road, Montrose

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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 1st 2023
Is it a bird bath or a fish pond
This one kilometre road runs between Mt. Dandenong Road and Cambridge Road.

Montrose Road
Montrose Road.

It's a well-established area with a footpath on the west side and for most of the east side a narrow gravel path passes through the heavily vegetated verge.

Street paths.
Gavel paths on the east side.

Seemingly common for well-established areas, agapanthus dominates some gardens and vegetated verges.

verge agapanthus
Verge agapanthus.

More agapanthus.

A nice view though a gateway.

Roses of many varieties were a feature of many gardens.

Lovely roses.

A few grevillea shrubs were starting to flower, as was a red flowering gum tree.

Grevilleas and gum tree flowers.
Grevilleas and flowering gum.

Despite the abundance of vegetation, the only two birds seen were a couple of magpies and an Indian myna.

Magpies and Indian myna.
Magpies and Indian myna.

Birdbaths outnumbered the birds seen. One particularly attractive one was host to a little cement doggie, seemingly enjoying the experience. Enjoying a large birdbath were five blue and white fish floating in the fresh water.

Bird baths & doggie.
Bird baths and doggie having a bath.

Bird bath with fish.
Is it a bird bath or fish pond?

A patch of strange-looking stalks with orange and green berries caught my attention in front of a paling fence. My plant identification programme suggested they were the lord and lady version of the arum plant.

Arum plant.
Arum plant.

Several gardens had displays of red hot pokers, delightfully visible from a distance.

Red hot pokers.
Red hot pokers.

It was a colourful walk, flower-wise. A yellow canna lily, red crepe myrtle, orange crocosmin and an ice plant flower provided some of the colour, as well as a pink bougainvillea, fanflower and some, escaped geraniums.

Canna lily, crepe myrtle, crocosmin and ice plant flower.
Canna lily, crepe myrtle, crocosmin and iceplant flower.



Escaped geranium.

In one garden an attractive tree fern growing among some agapanthus looked spectacular.

A beautiful sight.

A handmade wheelbarrow posing as a garden bed looked colourful and a four wheel old wagon adorned one front yard.

Hand made wheelbarrow & old dray.
Hand made wheelbarrow & old dray.

Perhaps the ultimate garden ornament was an old rusted fire engine, complete with running water.

Old rusty fire engine.
Not your every day garden ornament.

Near the Cambridge Road end a Melbourne Water Reserve walking track crosses Montrose Road. Next to the track is the Montrose Brickworks Flora Reserve, well worth a diversion.

Walking path & Brickworks Reserve.
Melbourne Water Reserve and Montrose Brickworks Reserve.

Only two walkers were encountered, both with dogs, but a couple of cyclists and a post person were also using the road.

Dog walkers & bicycle riders.
Dog walkers & bicycle riders.

Along many parts of the verge and in the Brickworks Reserve were numerous bursa shrubs which are native to eastern and southern Australia. Of similar colour, flower-wise, were several abelia bushes.

Bursia shrubs.
Bursia shrubs.

Abelia bushes.
Abelia bushes.

Older areas mean fences and there were a variety, picket, wooden and wire.

Wooden fences.

wire fences.
Wire fences.

Fences need gates and several were attractive.

Garden lamps were seen as were a couple of cute girl statuettes.

Garden lamps.
Garden lamps.

Garden statuettes.
Two little cuties.

A five-star nesting box was provided for discerning birds, and a past its used by date windmill looked unloved, but an attractive stained glass window didn't.

Nesting box, windmill & window.
Nesting box, windmill & window.

A couple of varieties of the salvia plant were evident. A yellow hibiscus was photogenic.

Yellow hibiscus
Yellow hibiscus

Montrose Road is a little meandering and has a slight rise but is an easy, pleasant and attractive walk.

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Why? Lots to see.
When: Anytime
Where: Montrose road, Montrose. Melway map: 52. C.7.
Cost: free
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