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Zealandia Roads, East & West, North 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 January 6th 2022
East and West do meet, sort of
It is said that east is east and west is west and never the 'twain shall meet.

Zealandia Roads.
Zealandia Roads signs.

That is not true with East and West Zealandia Road. They do meet; sort of. They are joined by Warrien Reserve, purely a walkthrough.

pathway
The end of East heading for West.

Zealandia West is short with only a few houses but it is the main entrance to Warrien Reserve and its facilities, including off-road parking.

Warrien Reserve.
Warrien Reserve, picnic shelter & car park..

Botanically speaking the East is the most interesting, being a well-established area with older houses, picket fences and lychgates, including a non-white one.

Lych gate & picket fences.
Lychgates, picket fences and a crow.

Blue lych gate and picket fence.
Blue lych gate and picket fence.


Lots of agapanthus were in flower and a pinkish hibiscus caught my eye.

Agapanthus & hibiscus.
Agapanthus & hibiscus.

The most interesting flower was lily of the Incas, sometimes known as a Peruvian lily, native to South America. A particularly nice example of a geranium was also seen.

Lily of the Incas and geranium
Lily of the Incas and geranium.

A few daisies were seen, including one with a visitor. Speaking of visitors Santa was seen visiting one house.

daisies
Daisies with a visitor.


visiting santa.
A Santa stop.

Crows were out in force. Usually, you see them either singly or as a murder, the collective name for crows. In Zealandia, I saw a murder, many fossicking for food, sitting on fences or roofs. One appeared to be either collecting bark from a tree or looking for lunch under the bark.

crows
Crows are interesting to watch.

A crested pigeon and a noisy miner were the other avian species seen.

Crested pigeon & noisy miner.
Crested pigeon & noisy miner.


What appeared to be a metal birdbath or feeder was seen hanging from a tree branch. Many residents of many streets these days are planting small garden beds around their mailboxes, no doubt giving some visual pleasure to the mail person.


Many magnolia trees were blooming, both bud wise and in full flower. Oleanders were also blooming brightly, both in gardens and as street trees. They make nice street trees, very colourful when they flower and not tall enough to interfere with overhead wires.

Magnolia
Magnolias.


oleander flowers
Junior oleander tree and mature flower.


An unusual plant seen was the Chinese trumpet creeper, a native of East Asia. It is deciduous, flowering in summer and is quickly growing.

Chinese trumpet creeper.
Chinese trumpet creeper.

Many properties with front fences are setting then back from the footpath and establishing garden beds. One I saw had some unidentified red flowers growing in profusion.

Garden beds.
Looking good.


Bird of paradise flowers are not known for their escape tendencies but I saw one attempting an escape and a couple of red leaves were testing the escape waters.

escaping plants
Experienced and non-experienced escapees.

East and west do meet but it requires a short walk.
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Why? An easy walk with a reserve on the way.
When: anytime
Where: Zealandia Road, Croydon North. Melways map: 37.B.12.
Cost: Free
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