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Winnetka Drive, 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 March 28th 2021
See the Queen's Tears
Winnetka Drive curves from Cave Hill Road to Nelson Road.

street scene
Winnetka Drive.

It is steep at both ends with a footpath on only one side.

street scene
Steep descent to Nelson Road.

A large Fuchsia bush stood out with its red flowers as did the almost ubiquitous Bottlebrush.

Fuchsia bush.

bottle brush
Bottle brush bushes are always attractive.

The lie of the land is a slope from north down to the south, with many north side properties quite elevated from street level.

garden steps
It's a challenge to collect the mail.

Seeing unusual plants is a highlight of any street walk and in Winnetke Drive, I came across a Queen's Tears plant, kindly identified by the good folk at Branch Out Nursery. It almost looked like the colours had been painted on. It is a member of the bromeliad family.

Queens tears.
Queen's Tears, a majestic flower.

A newly established pebble garden was in stark contrast to most gardens.

pebble garden
I hope it's a ground cover.

Very popular in many gardens was the Cotoneaster tree with its distinctive red berries.

Cotoneaster tree
Red berries are attractive.

A large Cedar tree was growing a multitude of cones. All green, but the different shades have a subtle beauty.

cedar cones
Soft colours are soothing.

Other flowers seen were Jasmine, Hibiscus and Grevillea.

Jasmine flowers.

yellow hibiscus

Not all Grevilleas are red.

It is a reasonably busy thoroughfare, so it was surprising to see a basketball hoop firmly planted on a nature strip facing outwards, meaning players would have to stand on the roadway to play.

basketball hoop.
Anyone for basketball?

Near the Cave Hill Road end, a narrow walkway between houses leads to a creek and then follows the creek to Poyner Reserve, which is on the corner of Cave Hill Road and Beresford Road. Picnic tables and a playground are in reserve.

The walkway to the creek.

creek path.
Viewing the creek.

Poyner reserve
Poyner Reserve.

Some more common plants and flowers were much in evidence, such as an Oleander and a Daisy and many Geraniums.

oleander flower
Oleander flower.


The only birds observed were several Magpies and a Mudlark.

magpie taking wing.
Clear for take-off.

The Magpie has landed.

mud lark

Do you ever wonder about the origin of street names? Winnetka intrigued me, so a little research revealed that when the land around it was being subdivided the wife of the owner called one of the streets Winnetka Drive to remind her of her home town of Winnetka, 16 miles north of Chicago, USA.

Street sign
It's a long way between Winnetka's.

Winnetka Drive is only 600 metres in length but like all good street walks, distance is not important as the frequent stops to admire flowers and gardens will give you a longer experience.
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Why? There is a lot to see.
When: anytime
Where: Winnetka Drive Lilydale. Melways map. 38. D.3.
Cost: Free
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