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Warrien Road, 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 November 25th 2020
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Warrien Road is of the era of large blocks, weatherboard houses, picket fences, mature trees and overgrown gardens and they are all seen on this street walk.

road sign
Our location.

letter box
I think someone still lives here.

The 800-metre road runs through a well-established area with many houses being well back from the footpath because of the deep blocks.

Must be a daisy.

Most of the floral sightings were of the traditional variety, with only a couple of what I would call exotic.

flowering bush
Colourful up close.

red flowers
A subtle shade of red.

flowering bush

Older gardens tend to have many examples of agapanthus plants. It is almost agapanthus flowering season and it's a visual experience to see the pre-flowering stages of these attractive plants.

agapanthus buds
Agapanthus stems.

agapanthus buds
Nearly ready to burst forth.

An added feature of this walk is passing Warrien Reserve, a 5.3 ha. bushwalk. Apart from the easy walking path, a playground, undercover BBQ and picnic tables are provided. There is also a toilet block and an off-road car park.

warrien reserve sign.
Warrien Reserve sign.

warrien reserve
Picnic area, playground and bbq area.

Warrien Reserve has a frontage of almost 400 metres to Warrien road and wildflowers can be seen from the footpath.

paroo lily
Looks like a Paroo Lily or Dianella.

A lone jogger was noticed jogging past Warrien Reserve and later noticed on the other side of the road at a more sedate pace.

Jogger in red.

The jogger again. Note picket fence, mature trees and agapanthus.

Well established properties featuring a front fence often have plants escaping through gaps or cascading over the top, all adding a visual interest. Two such items seen were one nasturtium flower accompanied by three leaves and passionfruit vines with one flower and many leaves.

The escaped nasturtium.

passionfruit flower.
Soon to be fruit of the vine.

A single stem of native grass, backlit by the afternoon sun, stood out from its escape through a fence against the background of the footpath in shadow - it was a delight to photograph. To some, it may be a weed but to others, a thing of beauty.

native grass
A thing of simple beauty.

Not all houses were of older vintage as some modern designs were apparent, taking advantage of having a large front yard to have nice landscaped gardens.

new plants
New plantings.

picket fence
They do make a nice photo.

Many modern gardens feature native plants to attract birds. Bottlebrush, banksia and grevilleas are the most popular.

Can never pass a red grevillea.

The only avian activity was some unsighted but heard crows and a couple of passing noisy miners. High up in a mature gum tree was a large nest made of many twigs, possibly belonging to a large bird or a possum.

nest in tree
Something big lives here.

The thriving metropolis of Warrien Spoonville was being established in front of a picket fence, nicely complementing each other with their vertical orientation.

spoon faces
Warrien Spoonville residents.

Spring is the season when normally evergreen trees and bushes burst forth with flowers adding colour to many gardens.

flowering bush
Flowering bush.

My walk was on a very warm day but with the combination of mature trees and street trees, much of the walk was in the welcome relief of shade.

flowering bush
Looking up has its rewards.

This street walk gives relief from McMansions with perfectly manicured landscaped small gardens in their equally small front yards.
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Why? Takes you back in suburbian time.
When: anytime
Where: Warrien road, Croydon. Melways map: 36. K.11.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Lovely memories of growing up in Croydon, in 1960s, with at least this original street still fairly intact , and not choc a block with 2 story units, all of the same boring design.
Beautiful Croydon, so miss those peaceful days.
by ifaye (score: 1|39) 61 days ago
Lovely memories of growing up in Croydon in 1960s,with at least this original St fairly intact and not choc a block with 2 story units all of same boring design.
Ahh, Beautiful Croydon.So miss those peaceful days.
by ifaye (score: 1|39) 61 days ago
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