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The Ridge, Lilydale

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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 August 21st 2021
A walk on the Ridge side
The Ridge is only about 600 metres in length as it undulates and meanders through a newly established area of the Lakeview Estate.

The Ridge.
The Ridge.

Footpaths on both sides and underground power make The Ridge a pleasant walk.

The Ridge.
Gently winding and undulating.

Winter flowers were blooming, none more magnificent than magnolias. The owner of the one pictured took pride in relating how he had saved it from oblivion by some tender horticultural care.

How good are these.

Camellias were not as profuse as in other streets but enough to enjoy their colourful flowers, as well as the smaller azalea plants. Many hebe bushes were flowering.

camellia tree
Camellia tree.


hebe bush
Hebe bush.

No walk of mine would be complete without featuring daisies. I saw many, a couple of exotic varieties, which I assume are members of the daisy genus.

Common daisies.

Colourful daisies.

Exotic daisies.

Birds were few and far between, just a noisy miner and a mudlark. The owner of the aforementioned magnolia tree commented that early morning was the best time for bird activity. "Plenty of magpies and kookaburras," he said.

noisy miners
It is an evil stare.

Mudlark fossicking for food.

Many lavender bushes were out, beckoning for a rub and a smell. An occasional bird of paradise was still in full bloom, surely looking like a flower designed by a committee.

Hard to pass without a rub and a sniff.

Bird of paradise
Always colourful.

Older established gardens seem to have the most interesting garden ornaments. A duck and a mosaic was the most interesting one I saw.

duck & mosaic.
Duck & mosaic.

A few walkers and joggers were walking and jogging.

couple walking
Taking the middle road.

Uphill exercise.

The Ridge is a no through road and at the far end, a treed walkway takes you to, or from Hull Road. Another walkway, passing a non-fenced private garden takes you through to Melody Close.

The walkway to Hull Road.

The walkway to Melody Close. Nice succulent garden on the right.

It was nice to see a picket fence and lychgate on one property, a nice touch to a modern home.

picket fence & lychgate.
Modern picket fence and lych gate.

A few properties had garden lamps and one patriot was flying the flag.

Garden lamp & flag.
One of many garden lamps and the only flag flying.

The silence was broken by the loud barking of two dogs, fortunately behind a wire gate. A friendlier doggie on another property, just looked at me as I passed - I think he even smiled.

dog behind gate.
Watch dogs.

Watching dog.

Many bright yellow daffodils were in many gardens, including a couple in a pot with some deep purple bellflowers.

pot of daffodils.
Daffodils and purple flowers.

Not bright red, but a couple of grevillea plants were starting to flower but still looked interesting.

Work in progress.

A brick custom built mail and paper box featured a nice small flower bed planted with succulents.

post box garden bed.
Mail box garden bed and landscaped garden bed.

Most of the streets in the Lakeview Estate have their names set into corner landscaped garden beds. A nice touch.

Street sign
It is a nice touch.

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Why? Another joyful and colourful walk.
When: anytime
Where: The Ridge, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. E.10.
Cost: Free
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