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Smith 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 September 16th 2021
A bush walk in a suburban street
Although Smith Avenue is only 600 metres in length, it is long on things to see.

Smith Avenue.
Smith Avenue.

The north side of this well-established street is all housing on large blocks.

Smith Avenue.
Houses on the left and bush on the right.

Most of the south side parallels the Lilydale railway line. Between the road and the rail line is a fairly dense bush area containing some nice floral specimens, including many natives.

Smith Avenue.
The bush is evident here.

Grevilleas and flowering gums were two bright ones that attracted the eye from afar.

grevillea & flowering gum.
Grevilleas and Flowering Gums compete in the colour stakes.

At ground level, a series of bluebells were flowering. I suspect that they were self-sown as many similar specimens were growing in gardens on the opposite side of the avenue.

blue bells.
Blue bells.

Many of the bushes and shrubs were in full flower giving many splashes of colour against their verdant foliage. Another yellow flowering bush looked like a member of the pea family.

flowering trees.
Flowering trees in the bush area

yellow flowering bush
Looks like a member of the pea family.

With all the greenery around many birds were attracted, nothing exotic, just magpies, spotted doves, crows and a wattlebird.

spotted dove & magpie.
Spotted dove and magpie.

wattle bird
Wattle bird.

Many daisies were displaying their colourful selves, while others were content to be part of a verge garden around the base of a long-dead tree.

Some of the daisies.

verge garden
Daisies in a verge garden.

Well-established streets usually mean picket fences and lychgates and I wasn't disappointed. A feature of many picket fences is an ornamental cap on the posts.

Lych gate & picket fence.
Picket fence & lychgate.

Lych gate and fence cap.

Sheltering under the roof of one lychgate was a toy bear looking like he was enjoying the view from his lofty resting place.

toy bear
Toy bear living a sheltered life.

Standing tall in one garden was a garden lamp and a tall prickly single column cactus.

garden lamp & cactus
Standing tall.

Many properties that had a front fence, and that was most of them, had a small garden on the roadside of the fence. A nice group of lilies was one. A mass escape by many nasturtium plants created a colourful in front of the fence display.

Many lilies.

Nasturtiums are always colourful.

Only one walker was encountered, but several young lads were enjoying a bicycle outing.

The lone walker and young cyclists. Bush area on the right.

What at first looked like a bird feeder was a sign saying 'next tee', perhaps a reminder that the former Croydon golf course was not far away. Several stone pots on a stone wall looked attractive.

bird feeder
Perhaps the birds come for tea.

Many of these were seen.

Pots of a different kind were pretending to be honey pots.

succulents in tins.
Sweet succulents.

The bush area next to the rail line had several paths through it, with one next to the rail line. That path continued behind houses with their back fences suitably adorned by local 'artists'.

Paths through the bush and along the rail line.

Decorated fences.

A large outcrop of clivias brightened up one garden, while a camellia and a correa made individual contributions.

A colourful clump of clivia.


A single correa in the bush.

You won't get lost in the bush section, but it will be fun trying to.

Street sign
The site of your enjoyment.
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Where: Smith Avenue, Croydon. Melways map: 37. B.12.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thank you for this view of an area outside my 10 km area .I like to see these lovely gardens. Unfortunately dis appearing in many areas of Melbourne.
by junea (score: 2|162) 30 days ago
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