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Sevenoaks 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 December 2nd 2021
Polar bear & flamingo in the same avenue?
Sevenoaks is a 650-metre avenue starting from the service road of Maroondah Highway. The predominant flowers were roses, bushes and individual specimens.

rose bush
A bush of rose beauty.

Sevenoaks Avenue.
Sevenoaks Avenue.

Single beauty.

Another rose bush covered in blooms contrasted nicely with a white picket fence.

More roses, more beauty.

Pansies seem to be popular as low growing clumps and a purple variety found an elevated home in a disused birdbath.

Pansies make nice groupings.

Magpies seemed to be everywhere; finding a worm, fence sitting and tree borne.

Magpies are everywhere.

Bottle brushes were at their reddish best. A pink geranium showed some subtle colourings with a mauve hebe bush even more subtle.

Always colourful.

geranium and hebe.
Geranium and hebe.

Flamingos are a popular garden ornament and a large pink metal one stood stately in one garden. A more unusual sight was a polar bear standing atop a mailbox.

Flamingos are landing in many gardens.

polar bear.
Polar bear.

Indian mynas, an introduced bird and considered to be a pest because of their aggressive behaviour towards native birds.

Indian mynas
Indian mynas.

The most unusual specimen of flora seen was an African scurfpea tree. Its lilac coloured pea-like flowers and pine needle-like leaves are an unusual combination.

African scurfpea tree.
African scurfpea tree.

A sundial was in the middle of one garden and a birdbath almost hidden in another.

Sun dial and bird bath.
Sun dial and bird bath.

A faded hero and magpie painted gas bottle were among other garden ornaments seen.

garden ornaments
A faded hero and other garden ornaments.

The only pedestrian traffic encountered were a group of four girls seemingly heading back to a local school.

Back to school?

A street library was open for business with a good range of books available.

Street library.
Open for business.

Another unusual flower was a coastal rosemary and a particularly nice looking red salvia.

Coastal rosemary & salvia.
Coastal rosemary & salvia.

A lychgate and several picket fences gave a nostalgic look to some properties whereas plantings of a row of shrubs are becoming popular in more modern settings. An escapee was noticed making a bid for freedom through one picket fence!

Lych gates, picket fences and shrubs.
Lych gates, picket fences and shrubs.

This one made it.

A very unusual garden ornament was a large metal ant looking like he was heading off to do some gardening.

Gardening ant.
Gardening ant.

Kangaroo paws seem to be solitary plants, usually just one or two, not closely surrounded by other plants. A rose and an agapanthus seemed to be competing for the same airspace. A large mat-rush bush in front gardens is unusual but interesting.

kangaroo paw
Kangaroo paws and more.

mat rush
Mat rush plant.

The other end of Sevenoaks Avenue finishes at Kirtain Drive. Opposite the intersection is Lipscombe Park. It is quite large with a sports oval, a playground and undercover picnic tables.

Lipscombe Park.
Lipscombe Park.

This is an easy walk with footpaths on both sides and would be easy travel for wheelchairs.

Street sign
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Why? A walk easy on the feet and the eye.
When: anytime
Where: Sevenoaks Avenue, Croydon.
Cost: Free
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