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Narr-Maen 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 October 19th 2020
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Narr-Maen Drive is a 1.4 km semi-circular drive between Bemboka and Plymouth Roads. It is completely built up with many long-established houses.

street scene
If you are going for a front fence, go for a pickett.

A walk along this drive is rewarded with a very colourful display of flowers and flowering bushes.

pink flower
Looks interesting.

pink flowers
Picturesque bush.

I have noticed there is a trend for many gardens to feature non-flowering plants, which can be visually attractive sans colourful blooms.

These are becoming popular.

A non-flowering bush.

No street these days seems complete without a spoon face garden and Narr-Maen Drive is no exception, having a very colourful one.

spoon faces
A spoon-face village

red rose
A single red rose.

Another feature which is appearing quite often is the street library where passers-by are encouraged to borrow a book and leave one.

Street library.
Street library.

yellow flowers
Yellow is attractive.

A bus service runs along the drive, but there must be a wait at times as someone brought their own chair.

bus stop
Bus stop with waiting seat.

Looks like a wild flower.

A highlight of this walk is the Narr-Maen Reserve, which is a Melbourne Water Retarding Basin. It contains a walking path, wetlands and a playground. This reserve would be suitable for the wheelchair-bound as it is mainly level, whereas Narr-Maen Drive is quite undulating.

reserve sign
Entrance to reserve.

Another advantage of a diversion around the reserve is a small lake, home to waterbirds. My first visit there saw many Swamp Hens and an Ibis. This visit saw an Ibis and a duck family on the lake's edge.

family of ducks
The Duck family.

On the opposite side of Narr-Maen Reserve is a smaller reserve. It has no paths and its only feature is that it is mostly natural bush situated in a shallow gully.

Another rose.

The best place to park if you are visiting the location is next to the reserve as there is a dedicated parking lane.

red poppys
A trio of red poppies.

Like most good suburban streets Narr-Maen is blessed with street trees along the nature strips. These attract many birds. The most common was the usual Noisy Miner, which appear to be only noisy when in groups but very quiet when alone.

noisy miner
Noisy miner in tree.

red bottlebrush
Many of these were in the Drive.

flowering bush
Masses of blooms.

Of course, Magpies make their presence known, by either chortling in the distance or landing nearby.

Fence sitter.

This looks like a flower designed by a committee.

Many people were exercising along the drive, with many diverting into the reserve for extra distance and ambience.

Pushing the pusher.

Man's best friend was not forgotten with a bowl of water for any passing parched pooches in a caring person's front yard.

dog bowl.
Canine refreshment centre.

Very interesting.

If you are a keen gardener or want to be one, ditch the car and take a walk along such streets as Narr-Maen Drive and gain inspiration from the many beautiful landscaped gardens, either for ideas for your garden or just a horticultural experience.

interesting garden
Something different.

purple flowers
Colour purple.

You could say it's a permanent open gardens week.
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Why? It's a gardener's delight.
When: anytime
Where: Narr-Maen Drive, Croydon Hills. Melways map: 36. E.10.
Cost: Free
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