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Olive Grove, Boronia

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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 July 21st 2022
There are no olives in Olive Grove
Olive Grove is a straight one-kilometre road running from Dorset Road to Albert Avenue. It is a well-established area featuring large blocks.

Olive Grove.
Olive Grove.

These well-established areas often have well-established gardens where bushes have grown into shrubs and the shrubs have grown into small trees and the small trees get larger.

red shrub
This will get larger.

The large blocks mean large front gardens, many of which are overgrown, offering some interesting garden ornaments that have been in situ for a long time.

garden ornaments.
Long time residents.

A surprise was a tree dahlia in full flower. Not unusual, but these usually only flower on Mother's Day, almost without fail. I checked mine, but it hadn't flowered.

tree dahlia
Tree dahlias.

Many camellia bushes and trees were in full flower, indicative of the season.

Many colourful camellias.

Daisies are starting to appear and one flower I thought was a daisy was identified as a calendula flower, which is a member of the daisy family.


Calendula flower
Calendula flower.

Many magpies were about. I caught one in a tree, one on a front porch and one on a lawn. Another one was on an overhead wire just stared at me while another one turned its back on me.


Here's looking at you.

Yet another magpie was collecting nesting material, but not for the nesting box in a front garden.

Magpie & nesting box.
Magpie & nesting box.

A most unusual tree was sighted, later identified as a silk tassel tree, a native of the coastal ranges of California and Oregon.

Silk tassel tree.
Silk tassel tree.

Only a couple of grevilleas were seen, but many jonquils are appearing in gardens and I saw my first yellow daffodil of the year. A particularly attractive daffodil was a white paper variety.



Yellow and white paper daffodils.

A nice variety of garden ornaments was a kangaroo, lazy dinosaur, pelican, duck and a bear peering out of a window.

garden critters
Garden critters.

Traffic wise it was a busy road, but only one walker and one cyclist were seen.

A busy road.
A busy road.

walker in silhouette.
Walker in silhouette.

The lone cyclist.

Two cockatoos were photographed, one in a tree and one flying overhead. A little wattlebird was quietly sitting on an overhead wire.

Cockatoos & little wattlebird.
Cockatoos & little wattlebird.

A Guernsey lily was a bright spot in one garden. An aloe bloom and a red hot poker added some vertical colour, while a jade plant was of more subtle colours.

Guernsey lilies.
Guernsey lilies.

Aloe flower & red hot poker.
Aloe flower & red hot poker.

jade plant.
Jade plant.

Of similar hue were a periwinkle and an iris flower.

Periwinkle and Iris.
Periwinkle and Iris.

Passing one house I must have attracted the attention of two dogs who raced to a high wire fence. I was pleased that it was a strong fence as their barking did not sound friendly.

Two noisy dogs.

A picket fence looked nice but two other fences looked well used. Another old gate and hanging baskets were more interesting items seen.

Hanging baskets & gate.
Hanging baskets & gate.

A crimson rosella was quietly sitting in tree, perhaps in a garden for wildlife garden.

crimson rosella
Crimson rosella.

Some garden lamps were prominent and a nice garden bed hid a paling fence and a couple of garden seats would be welcome for tired gardeners.

Garden lamps.
Garden lamps.

Garden seats.

Well-established streets usually have well-established and interesting gardens and worth an observation walk.

Street sign
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Why? A walk with lots to see.
When: anytime
Where: Olive Grove, Boronia.
Cost: Free
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