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Rolloway Rise, Chirnside Park

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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 February 17th 2021
Roll Up to Rolloway
Rolloway Rise starts from Edward Road and is part of the original Chirnside Park Estate developed in the 1960s. In keeping with the era, no footpaths were required to be provided on new estates.

Several of these were seen.

All gardens are well-established and it would be fair to say very few, if any, would be Garden of the Year nominees. This lack of nice overall gardens is more than made up by some individual flowers. Grevilleas and Bottlebrushes were two bright ones.

A very popular flowering bush.

bottle brush
Also popular.

Flowering bushes are always attractive when in flower. A brilliant red Bougainvillea bush and the subtle blue of a Plumbago bush fitted that category.

The brilliance of Bougainvillea.

The more subtle colour of the Plumbago.

An unusual small bush was identified as an Oleander bush, as Oleanders are usually in the form of small trees.

oleander flowers
Oleander shrub.

A Capers bush was identified by the kind folk at Branch Out Nursery in Ringwood North.

capers bush.
Capers bush.

Many houses with front fences often have them set back a metre or so from the normal fence line and establish a small garden in front of the fence. One attractive item was a series of Yucca plants.

A Yucca plant.

Another such newly established garden showcased several small plants. A blue Salvia and a Dragons Breath Celosia were two attractive ones. These were easy to identify as the gardener displayed the labels from the nursery behind the shrubs.

Blue Salvia bush.

Celosia plant.

plant label
Good information.

Another gardener had made a feature of succulents in shallow pots set into a stone garden.

Part of the succulent garden.

The only human activity seen was a lone cyclist safely attired with helmet and wearing a hi-viz vest.

Easy to see.

Birds outnumbered people on this walk with Magpies being the most numerous, followed by the ever present Noisy Miners.

Having a rest.

noisy miner
Just sitting.

A Currawong was seen sitting quietly upon some overhead wires.

Sitting Currawong.

Passing under a tall gum tree, some subtle bird noises were heard. There were four Corellas perched deep within the tree just quietly sitting there. Surprising because Corellas usually utter loud screeching.

A quiet Corella.

A spoon village was being built with only four residents at the time of writing.

spoon village
This will be the place for a village.

A red rose escaped over a weathered wood fence made an attractive photo. A yellow rose was happy to stay at home.

escaped rose
The escapee.

yellow rose
The stay at home.

A yellow Daisy and a single Iris were examples of single flower flora.
yellow daisy
Lonely Daisy.

Iris flowers are usually solitary.

Rolloway Rise is only 600 metres in length.

Street sign
Where you have been travelling.

If you begin at the Edward Road end you finish at Chirnside Drive.

Street sign
You end up here.

Turn right for 100 metres and then you are in Edward Road

Street sign
Complete the loop.

Another 600 metres returns you to the start of Rolloway Rise after a pleasant 1.3 km walk.
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Why? Every street is different and gives new pleasures.
When: anytime
Where: Rolloway Rise, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 37. 1.H.
Cost: Free
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