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Sherwood Road, 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 May 18th 2023
The daisy is not sad, just blue
Sherwood Road is a 900-metre, slightly undulating road, on the former Chirnside Park Country Club golf course site.

Sherwood Road.
Sherwood Road.

Being a new estate, the blocks are small, the front gardens small, and mostly small plants and shrubs. A sunshine conebush was one of the largest seen, although a yellow/orange grevillea may claim the height record. A few other grevilleas were seen.

Sunshine cone bush.
Sunshine cone bush. From a distance it looks like a mass of red flowers.

A high-growing grevillea.

More grevilleas.

White azaleas, despite their lack of colour look attractive. At the other end of the colour spectrum, gazanias and fuchsias stood out.

white azaleas.
White azaleas.



Also in the colour stakes were numerous daisies, including a blue daisy.

Daisies are always colourful.

Daisy bush and blue daisy.
Daisy bush and blue daisy.

Very few properties had a front fence, but one has a small white picket fence, which I feel was decorative rather than practical.

Picket fences.
Picket fences.

The road runs along a slope in the landscape and many properties have retaining walls to level out their garden area. Stone seemed to be the most popular material used.

Stone walls.
Creative fences.
Every garden had flowers. A beardtongue, crossberry, a pinkish flower, native to southern Africa, a gaura genus flower and a geranium were four.

Beardtongue, crossberry, gaura and geranium.
Beardtongue, crossberry, gaura and geranium.

Not many gardens had ornaments. Three seen showed an oriental influence, including a Buddha's head.

Oriental garden ornaments.
Oriental garden ornaments.

Red and white roses adorned a couple of gardens. An orange Bidens flower, a member of the aster family looked brilliant.

Bidens flower.
Bidens flower.

Contrasting with each other colour-wise is a Peruvian lily and a rhododendron.

Peruvian lily and rhododendron.
Peruvian lily and rhododendron.

Several large stand-alone pots are featured in many gardens. One with a display of pansies looked attractive set in a bed of stones.

Large flower pots.
Large flower pots.

Pansies in a pot.
A pot full of pansies.

A roadside park taking up the space of several blocks added to the enjoyment of this street walk.

Roadside park.

The only walkers I encountered were walking their dogs.

Walkers with dogs.
Walkers with dogs.

Some aloe stalks look colourful. A hebe bush, kangaroo paw and a bird of paradise were nice to see. The bird of paradise flower was the only avian seen. With not many street trees yet to mature, no birds were seen during my walk.

Aloe plants.
Aloe plants.

Hebe, kangaroo paw & bird of paradise.
Hebe, kangaroo paw & bird of paradise.

A mass planting of salvia looked impressive.

A mass of salvia.

There is a trend in modern gardens to plant grasses as well as flowers. Paspalum as one seen and as autumn was nearly over, one leaf was still clinging to its mother bush.

paspalum grass and autumn leaf.
Paspalum grass and autumn leaf.

It must be the season for berries to sprout on trees as one group I saw. A nice, landscaped area featured a deciduous tree, with its leaves turning, amid a bed bordered by shrubs.


Autumn tree in landscaped area.

I only found one unidentified flower which my flower identifier couldn't identify.

unidentified flower.
The unidentified flower.

This would be an ideal street to walk along if you are looking to establish a garden from scratch.

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Why? A nouveau street walk.
When: Anytime
Where: Sherwood Road, Chirnside Park. Melway map: 38. A.2.
Cost: free
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