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Woodville Road, 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 12th 2021
Grumpy will not be happy to see you
Woodville Road starts at Wynyard Drive and finishes 1.2 kms later when it becomes Hayrick Lane.

Street sign
Woodville Road ends.

Colourful flowers are the main enjoyment of street walks and it is pleasing to see Australian native plants featured in many gardens. The popular banksia is unique with its cone like flowers.

Not colourful, but they have a beauty of their own.

Grevilleas, although not exclusively an Australian plant is considered an Australian native.

Grevilleas are always attractive.

If you want colour, look no further than the huge variety of daisies. A particular striking yellow and red variety really stood out in one garden.


four daisies
Four more daisies.

Even more daisies.

An aerial flash of colour were two crimson rosellas descending on a street tree to commence feeding on some berries. These colourful birds are a delight to see in suburban streets.

crimson rosella
Crimson rosella feeding.

Another avian delight was capturing a magpie heading skywards to land on overhead wires. Maybe he chose wires as a nearby tree was occupied by a currawong.

flying magpie
Up, up and away.

magpie flying
Almost there.

Currawong in tree.

Many roses were blooming showing many different colours.

red rose
Singularly beautiful.
yellow rose
A yellow one.

A few walkers were out exercising, including a young lady taking her doggie for a walk. One cyclist was noticed negotiating the busy street.

Walker with dog.
Walking the dog.

Cyclist along Woodville Road.

Some of the more common flowers sighted, maybe because I have become more knowledgeable about them, were the hebe bush and the convolvulus ground cover.

hebe bush
One of the varieties of the hebe bush.

Convolvulus, a nice ground cover.

A new one to me on this walk was a choisya evergreen shrub. It is a native of southern North America. It is known as a Mexican orange plant as its white flowers are similar in size and scent to that of the orange tree.

choisya shrub
Choisya shrub

Another unusual one was the potato vine, a native of South America.

Potato vine
The potato vine flower.

A white wooden fence with an uncovered lychgate was an attractive front fence with many properties having fences.

picket fence & lychgate.
Picket fence & lychgate.

They seem to be multiplying, popping up un-expectantly are street libraries. We are becoming a well-read community.

Street library.
Street library.

Two vastly different species of salvia were seen. An escaping purple variety and the aptly named hot lips.

escaping salvia
Escaping salvia.

hot lips salvia.
Hot Lips salvia.

A garden gnome, a garden ornament from a bygone era, was defiantly looking at passers-by.

garden gnome
I'm Grumpy, not Happy.

Colourful flowers continued to show their presence in the shape of geraniums and tree dahlias.


tree dahlia
Tree dahlias

From the distance, I thought I saw a lasiandra bush, but on closer inspection, it was a native hibiscus with beautiful colouring.

native hibiscus
Native hibiscus.

Another beautiful flower was one of the azalea varieties and a low growing lantana bush displayed masses of small pink flowers.




A free-standing bird feeder in one front garden was host to a visiting corella who was happy to pose for a few photos.

corella on bird feeder.
Corella on bird feeder.

Something different to see on every street walk.

Street sign
Where we have been.
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Where: Woodville Road, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. G.12.
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Your Comment
Love your photos, Neil!
by Elaine (score: 3|8290) 45 days ago
Lovely photo of Crimson Rosella. The potato vine often becomes a menace.
I have removed one that was in my garden when i came here.
by junea (score: 2|139) 40 days ago
Great that you identify plants. Sort of like walking through a nursery but everything has grown and you can see what a 6"pot turns into.
by annie (score: 1|51) 44 days ago
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