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Summerhill Park Drive, Mooroolbark

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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 November 8th 2020
The only hill is in the name
Summerhill Park Drive is a short 800m street in what could be called an outer eastern leafy green suburb.

street scene
The leafy green Summerhill Park Drive.

It is a fairly new development in that all power and telephone lines are underground and roundabouts signal cross streets. There are few front fences and almost every house has a display of flowers and bushes to stop and admire.

Multi petals.

Summerhill Park Drive commences at Hull Road and is gently undulating, making it suitable for wheelchairs. Footpaths on both sides of the way would allow any wheelchair-bound travellers a close-up and personal view of some beautiful flowers.

Street sign
We are here.

A couple of hundred metres from Hull Road, a playground appears. It is in the Summerhill Park Reserve East. It's only a small one but all the equipment is modern and new. My walk was on a warm weekday with the playground deserted. By comparison, the previous weekend almost every item was being used by many young ones.

The playground in Summerhill Park Reserve.

The playground can also be accessed from Blue Ridge Drive by a short path.

red rose
Red rose.

tree branch
Even tree branches have beauty.

Palm trees seem to be making a comeback. Many mature specimens seem to dominate the skyline in many gardens.

palm trees
They dominate the sky line.

Masses of flowers on the one bush are a feature of well-established gardens as these bushes expand outwards over the years often creating a carpet of colour.

mass of flowers
Mass of petals.

Many gardens were sporting low growing clumps of flowers and flowering bushes. Almost acting as ground cover.

red flowers

red flowers

A feature of such expansion is two and three different flowers in the one clump, a floral smorgasbord so to speak.

many flowers
A floral smorgasbord.

Single stalk specimens often make a marked contrast to masses of blooms, particularly tall ones.

two stalks
A vertical duo.

Lipstick bush?

I wasn't disappointed in my usual quest for some unusual plants and flowers. There appears to be no end that gardeners go to grow something just a little different. I'm all for it.

Only two walkers were encountered, both appearing to be on a mission, as I was, but at a more sedate pace, rather than them having a nature walk.

girl striding
On a mission.

Garden ornaments often provide an item of interest. One nice landscaped garden bed was watched over by a Buddha type figure. The scene looked very peaceful.

garden ornament.
A peaceful scene.

Three species of birds were seen. Many noisy miners, a lone mudlark and a couple of magpies in passing, not stopping for a photo opportunity. Definitely not political magpies.

noisy miner
Noisy miner in tree.


While gardens are the pride and joy of their owners, their beauty should not be wasted on cars driving by.

Unusual colouring.

flowering bush
Pink flowering bush.

It is a pleasure to stop and smell the roses, soak in the colour of grevilleas and bottlebrushes and extol the beauty of exotic blooms.

Grevillea looking like a lobster.

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It would be nice to have the names of the plants in the photos so people could find them at nurseries. Most gardeners would be able to supply these if asked. Lovely pictures.
by macve (score: 0|4) 743 days ago
Distance isnít 8km, itís 800m.
by dinah (score: 1|13) 743 days ago
Wow! What an amazing place to visit to see all those extremely colourful flowers and just loved the Buddha in the Peaceful Asian Garden where you could just sit there and Meditate with "him". Then I love birds and especially the Magpies💗
by summer (score: 2|465) 744 days ago
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