Taylor Road, Mooroolbark

Taylor Road, Mooroolbark


Posted 2024-03-03 by Neil Follettfollow
Taylor Road is a 1.8 km road running from Hull Road to Cardigan Road.

It is quite narrow and very busy with many speed humps to slow traffic.

On the Hull Road corner is the Candlebark Community Nursery. Behind the nursery, the Carrum to Warburton Trail crosses Taylor Road. It appears to be a well-established area with wide and deep blocks with large front yards.

Perhaps, because of the season, Easter lilies were the predominant species of flowers seen.

Many birds were observed. A starling perched upon an overhead wire and a magpie earthbound. Starlings are an introduced species but are rarely seen, unlike the introduced Indian myna.

The sound of screeching heralded the arrival of four sulphur-crested cockatoos, two in trees and two on a fence.

Many crapemyrtle and oleander trees were flowering, both in gardens and as street trees. They are a magnificent sight when in full bloom.

Big front yards mean big gardens and a bountiful display of flowers. Bear’s tongue, a red dahlia, daisy, a red-hot poker and plumbago ground cover were a few examples seen.

Part way along is the Luke Polkinghorne Reserve. It is small but has many play items for the young ones. It has several bench seats and a drinking fountain.

A few walkers were about, with two walking with their canine friends. Cody. A fox terrier was a little shy and posed for a couple of photos from the safety of his owner’s arms.

One cyclist and one motorcyclist passed me, both appearing to be in a hurry.

There are many indications that Taylor Road is a long-established area. The most surprising was an old house with a rusting tin roof and a brick chimney with two chimney pots. A wire fence and gate were another blast from the past.

A few ravens and currawongs were flying around with some landing on power poles, although one raven preferred the ground.

I was pleased to see many picket fences and a large lychgate. There is quite an array of different front fences.

A Chinese lantern bush and a group of Barbados lilies added a splash of colour as did a fuchsia plant and a salvia hot lips bush.

A few bird baths were noticed, some loved and some very much unloved.

Other ornaments seen were a sundial, an elevated plant urn, and cement figures.

There are several roundabouts on Taylor Road, where it changes direction.

One front yard had a very rustic and rural look with a wooden fence, a windmill, a cultivator, a large metal wagon wheel and a mine trolley resting on a set of rails.

A several points a good view of Mt. Dandenong is seen with the four television towers prominent on the skyline.

The only native plants seen were a couple of grevillea bushes.

Several bower plants and hebe bushes added some subtle colour.

Roses of various colours and sizes were abundant, both as individual blooms or bushes.

A group of shastra daisies were a different example of the many species of daisies.

Underneath a low-growing tree was a model village. A garden seat had a very rustic look to it.

At one overgrown verge area, white cabbage moths were abundant, only landing on plants for less than a second.

More floral treats were several jasmine creepers, a South African tulasi flower and some iris.

Several garden lamps set amongst flowers were an added attraction to several gardens.

Taylor Road is not a Swift drive.

279393 - 2024-03-02 12:01:27


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