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Pembroke 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 October 11th 2021
Almost a Pussy in the Well
It's 1.4 kms in length, uphill in parts, but downhill coming back, but it's worth it for the floral diversity that is on offer.

Pembroke Road.
Pembroke Road.

Many of the street trees were red bottlebrushes and with many grevilleas in gardens gave frequent splashes of red.

grevillea & bottlebrush.
Grevillea & bottlebrush.

Many gardens have large expanses of pride of madeira plants. The largest cluster I saw in Pembroke Road was on the nature strip on the side that had no footpath.

Pride of Madeira bush
Pride of madeira bushes.

Several large displays of the red valerian bushes looked attractive with their masses of small flowers on floral heads.

Red valerian bush.
Red valerian bush.

Being a well-established area the housing blocks are wide and deep and have bushy front gardens. A couple of lychgates were seen, with and without picket fences. One of the stand-alone lychgates was covered with wisteria. A similar colour to wisterias was a coral pea plant. A stand-alone lych gate was noticed in one garden.

Lych gate & picket fences.
Lych gate & picket fences.

Lych gate & coral pea plant.
Lych gate & coral pea plant.

Garden lych gate.
Garden lych gate.

Daises were well represented with a rhododendron and native hibiscus almost as bright.

Colourful daisies.

rhododendrons & native hibiscus.
Rhododendrons & native hibiscus.

The Brushy Creek Linear Trail crosses Pembroke Road with a central path on both sides for easy walking. The east side trail passes by the Zina Grove playground.

Brushy Creel Linear Trail and playground.
Brushy Creek Linear Trail and playground.

Apart from walkers on the trail, many were also along Pembroke Road. A group of walkers had two dogs. One of them, El Bosker, of indeterminate breed, posed for a photo.

Footpath warriors.

A happy El Bosker.

Several crows were about, with one being harassed by a noisy miner. A crimson rosella was quietly feeding in a gum tree.

A crow under attack.

crimson rosella
Crimson rosella.

A red weigela or Florida flower bush overhung a front fence as did a mature magnolia tree.

Red weigela & magnolia.
Red weigela & magnolia.

Pembroke Road runs between Cambridge and Taylor Roads. Part way it crosses the busy Cardigan Road with a roundabout.

The roundabout at Cardigan Road.

Busy street.
At the busy Taylor Road end.

A few individual birds were photographed. A wattlebird, noisy miner and a magpie.

three birds
The three birds.

Some interesting garden ornaments were seen. A rural scene upon a post and a bursting wishing well, both of which had definitely seen better days. Another wishing well was accompanied by a Buddha, mushrooms and a wheelbarrow, all being watched by a cat in a nearby window.

garden ornaments.
Both past their prime.

wishing well and cat.
Wishing well being watched by a cat.

A garden lamp had also seen better days, but an Australian flag proudly flying looked new.

Flag and lamp.
New flag, old lamp.

Many garden beds looked picturesque and many garden posts and mailboxes were surrounded by prolific growing plants.

mail box
Garden bed and plants.

Many plants escape fences these days and an unusual one I saw was a Mexican lemon hyssop.

Mexican lemon hyssop.
Mexican lemon hyssop escapee.

A rose and an azalea added colour, but a more subtle colour was supplied by an agapanthus, periwinkle and a ciscus ground cover.

Rose & azalea,
Rose & azalea.

Agapanthus and periwinkle.
Agapanthus and periwinkle and visiting bee.

Ciscus ground cover.

A hebe bush, hibiscus and a red geranium added more colour to this walk.

hebe, hibiscus & geranium.
Hebe, hibiscus & geranium.

It's a great walk with lots to see, a trail to walk and a playground for the kids.

Street sign
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Why? It's a floral bonanza.
When: anytime
Where: Pembroke Road, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 51. K.4.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Lychgates are very much alive and well in the areas you walk Neil. I wee quite a lot of them in the old part of Wonthaggi as well. I might do a 'find the lychgates' walk this week.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9506) 44 days ago
Luckily Neil you missed the perennial planting of speed camera in the road dip.
by ifaye (score: 1|84) 49 days ago
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