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Ryland Avenue, Croydon

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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 27th 2021
Some strange things along here
Ryland Avenue is a well-established street with almost every house having a front fence and footpaths on both sides. It only runs for 700 metres but has a lot to see.

street scene
Ryland Avenue.

Most gardens were well established with mature trees and large shrubbery. The Cotoneaster bush was a good example as was a row of conifers which looked picturesque with strong side lighting.

Cotoneaster tree
The red berries of the Cotoneaster tree.

Future tall ones.

A single bright deep pink Camellia really stood out against its deep green foliage.

Deep pink is delightful.

In the era that this area was developed, wrought iron fences and gates were fashionable, some with artistic designs. A few were still evident.

wrought iron gate
A wrought iron gate attached to brick pillars.

wrought iron gate
A simple design.

A modern version of the wrought iron fences were noticed on a few properties. Wrought iron is iron that has been heated and worked into the desired shapes by using tools. These days wrought iron is not manufactured commercially.

Iron fence
A modern iron fence.

Adding colour to the streetscape were several, still growing, Crepe Myrtle trees as nature strip residents.

Crepe Myrtle
A Crepe Myrtle adds colour to any street.

A mature Banksia tree was another interesting nature strip resident.

The old and the new.

A most unusual garden ornament was a colourful metal animal hiding in an overgrown front garden.

metal animal
The metal animal.

Two other garden ornaments were a sundial and a cement vintage car.


cement car.
Cement car.

An overhead ornament caught my eye. Several strange objects wrapped around the power cables leading to a house.

possum barrier
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a possum barrier.

With many fences on properties, there were a multitude of escaped plants, with an Abelia being the most attractive.

Escaping Abelia.
An escaped Abelia.

I couldn't resist photographing a very sad looking Agapanthus, accepting it was past its prime.

A sad Agapanthus.

An interesting and colourful plant was identified as a member of the Lotus genus. A purple Liriope plant was another unusual one.

Lotus plant.

liriope plant
The Liriope plant.

To add colour to any streetscape, the beginning of autumn sees many trees starting to turn their leaves into some colourful foliage.

autumn tree
Starting to turn.

A feature on a few houses is for a planter box being built into mailboxes and newspaper holders and planted with colourful low growing flowers.

planter box.
A planter box full of Geraniums.

At the end of Ryland Avenue is a bonus to this walk, Grandfill Reserve. It's a 1.5 ha. bushland area offering an easy walk through bush.

reserve sign
Grandfill Reserve.

It was here on my walk that my ears were assaulted by many Noisy miners living up to their name and flittering among the branches of a nearby tree.

noisy miner
A single Noisy Miner.

noisy miners
A double act.

At the Maroondah Highway end of Ryland Avenue is The Full Pantry café & restaurant where a welcome coffee can be had after your Ryland Avenue walk.

The Full Pantry.

The only walkers were at the Maroondah Highway end, possible heading to The Full Pantry for a coffee.

street scene
Heading for a coffee?

There are a lot more than colourful flowers to see in older residential streets.
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Why? There is more than flowers to see.
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Where: Ryland Avenue, Croydon. Melways map: 50. F.2.
Cost: Free
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