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Orrong Road, Mooroolbark

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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 26th 2021
It's a Floral Winter Wonderland
This 700 metre road is quite steep in parts as are many parts of this section of Mooroolbark.

Orrong Road.
Orrong Road showing a steep section.

It runs from Hayrick Lane to Balcombe Avenue.

street scene
Looking towards distant hills at the Balcombe Avenue end

This road could be called a winter wonderland with its profusion of winter flowers. Winter is the flowering season for magnolias. I was fortunate to find two trees in the same front yard.

Magnolia tree.

magnolia close up.
Up close is nice.

Some very unique pink blossoms looked like they belong to the geranium or pelargonium genus.

pink flowers
These look nice.

Very few birds were seen, only a few magpies and one noisy miner, both fossicking in the grass looking for a feed.

Magpie in grass.

noisy miner
Noisy miner in grass.

Much too small for the aforementioned birds were two nesting boxes in trees. One was quite elaborate and the other seemed abandoned.

nesting boxes.
The good and the bad.

Two flowering succulents added colour to a couple of gardens with their unique flowers.

flowering succulents.
These look unique.

aloe flower
Aloe vera plant in flower.

crassula flowers
Crassula succulent in full bloom.

Not many walkers were encountered, just a boy walking his dog and a couple holding hands.

boy walking dog.
"Something interesting here."

couple holding hands.
Warm hands,

A muffled barking dog caught my attention as I walked past one house. It was a doggie in the window.

Dog in window.
How much is the doggie in the window?

Another window had a nice display of indoor plants, something you don't see every day.

plants in window.
Window display.

Many gardens were brightened up with displays of jonquils, particularly the yellow variety. Even brighter was a bush of yellow daisies.

Brilliant colour.

Even more brilliant.

A bush of Chinese lanterns was an exotic flower seen as was a couple of queen's tears plants and a deep purple salvia.

chinese lantern flower.
Chinese lantern flowers.

Salvia and queen's tears.
Subtle and bright colours.

Many gardeners use old wheelbarrows as flower beds but one gardener used an old trailer for the same purpose.

Trailer load of plants.
Old trailers never die.

What looks nice are small isolated flower beds with a variety of flora growing in them, often around mailboxes.

Garden beds.
Sleeping locations for plants,

Along Orrong Road is the small Orrong Reserve. It's a grassed area with a couple of mass plantings of new shrubs.

Orrong Reserve.
Orrong Reserve.

This part of Mooroolbark is a relatively new area, so I was pleased to see a long picket fence on a corner block, but alas, no lychgate.

picket fence
A long picket fence.

street scene
Steep section.

Flying high on a flag pole was an Australian flag, while high up in a tall gum tree was a nice display of gum nuts.

Australian flag
Flying the flag.

gum nuts
High flying gum nuts.

Almost every garden had a floral exhibit. Some small and others large. A small kangaroo paw was hoping to grow taller and a deep purple iris showed its unique colour.

kangaroo paw and iris.
Kangaroo paw and iris.

The only rose I saw was a pink climbing rose bush. A single pink azalea was the only azalea seen.

climbing rose.
Climbing roses.

Abelia bush.

Garden ornaments were represented by two bird bath statues.

bird baths.
Up market bird baths.

Yucca plants were in many gardens and a hebe bush was in its prime.


hebe bush
They do look nice in full bloom.

Orrong Road is only a short walk, but the steep parts allow you to slow down and enjoy the flora on display.

Street sign
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Why? It a floral experience.
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Where: Orrong Road, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. J.10.
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Your Comment
Orrong Rd, probably not a new area, been there since 1970s ,
by ifaye (score: 1|74) 62 days ago
The garden in the trailer is a bit of a novelty.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9025) 62 days ago
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