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Winyard 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 June 7th 2021
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Winyard Drive runs from Manchester Road for one km. The end is a dead end, but many streets run off it.

Winyard drive
Winyard Drive.

At the Manchester end, there is a strip of shops, all of them offering professional services rather than retail. Of interest are murals painted on the two end shops in the strip.

Strip shops
The strip of shops, note mural on nearest shop.

Like all street walks, flowers are the main interest, some common and others not so. Azaleas and Camellias were in plentiful supply.

Very colourful.

More of them.

Subtle colours.

There were two that I was unable to identify. A dark pink tubular flower and masses of small pink flowers.

trumpet flower
Stunning colour.

pink flowers
There were many of these.

This is a well-established area with large blocks, many of which are being developed into multiple residences. A white picket fence and a lychgate is one block I hope are not in a developer's sight.

picket fence & lychgate.
Picket fence & lychgate.

Polygala and grevillea bushes feature in many gardens and add a spot of colour against their green foliage.

Polygala flowers.


Magpies always seem to be around usually fossicking for food in grass, often watched by a fence sitting noisy miner.

Magpie in grass.

noisy miner
The fence sitter.

Garden ornaments always add interest in passing. A wishing well, complete with a hanging hurricane lamp caught my eye, as did a wire bird, standing tall.

wishing well
Make a wish.

wire bird.
A bird of wire.

Real birds seen were a sulphur crested cockatoo sitting high above on power lines, as was a crested pigeon.

sulphur crested cockatoo.
A high cocky.

crested pigeon
Crested Pigeon.

There were a few walkers about, despite the steep sections of the street.

couple walking
It's uphill.

group walking.
A family walk.

On an outside window sill, I spied several small garden ornaments being watched over by a cat in the window.

garden ornaments.
The cat is watching.

Many aeonium plants were in full bloom and jonquils are starting to appear in gardens.

Aeonium succulents.


A flash of red passed overhead and landed in a nearby tree - a beautiful crimson rosella.

crimson rosella
Crimson rosella feeding.

Also hanging in a tree were several hanging flower pots. Not quite a Babylon, but a start.

hanging pots
A tree of pots.

Keeping with a biblical theme an angel figure appeared to be praying.

praying angel
Praying angel.

I can't go past roses and several were seen, enjoyed and photographed.

In full bloom.

Autumn had just passed but it left plenty of evidence in carpets of leaves in gardens and on steps.

leaves on steps
Autumn has been.

Winyard Drive is a good walk for exercise.

Street sign
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Why? Lots of flowers, garden ornaments and birds.
When: anytime
Where: Winyard Drive, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. F.11.
Cost: Free
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