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Richards 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 March 6th 2023
See the Wollemi Pine
This may only be a 700-metre road between Swansea Road and Belvedere Drive but in that distance, there is a lot to see.

Richards Road.
Richards Road.

There are no footpaths but the mostly grass verges are very walkable and scenic. A couple of small, landscaped areas, including a small brick wall, were interesting. Succulents often feature in these areas.

Garden beds.
Adds pleasure to the walk.

Despite the road being fully developed, housing-wise, there were not a lot of flowers in gardens. The most colourful being a red rose, red salvia, and less-than-perfect agapanthus.

Rose, salvia & agapanthus.
Rose, salvia & agapanthus.

What is interesting was the variety of fences on properties. Some wooden posts and rail fences looked attractive in a rustic way.

wooden fences
A rustic look.

There were several picket fences and one of my favourite structures, a lychgate. The fences tend to give Richards Road a rural look.

Picket fences.
A nostalgic look.

Lych gate
More nostalgia.

Along the western side of the road are two entrances to the adjacent Richards Reserve, well worth a detour or a destination walk on another occasion. You won't be disappointed.

Richard Reserve entrance.
Richard Reserve entrance.

I didn't see one bird on this walk, but if I had, they may have taken advantage of the five-star avian amenities. An elaborate series of multi-story nesting boxes and a colourful bird bath complete with a resident frog.

Bird nesting box and bath.
Five star avian resort.

Several iris plants were growing as were several colourful shrubs which defied my identification process. A geranium and pelargonium were easily identified.

Iris flowers.

colourful shrub.
Colourful shrub.

Geranium & pelargonium.
Geranium & pelargonium.

A first-time sighting was a Wollemi pine growing on the outside of a side fence among a patch of agapanthus. It is a magnificent-looking tree.

Wollemi pine.
A wonderful Wollemi pine.

This is an easy walk with nearby mountain views and more than flowers to pique your interest.

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Why? It's a great walk.
When: Anytime
Where: Richards Road, Montrose.
Cost: free
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