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Zina Grove, 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 October 1st 2021
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Zina Grove runs off Cambridge Road. It's around 900 metres in length and a little steep in parts.

Zina Grove.
Zina Grove.

Zina Grove.
Is steep in parts.

Most gardens are well-established and most colourful. A mature rhododendron and a magnolia tree took up a lot of space in gardens but looked magnificent.

rhododendron & magnolia trees.
Rhododendron & magnolia trees.

Camellias and azaleas added to the colour scope as did the many daises.


A lot of colour.

An unusual hairy plant caught my attention, as I have never seen one like it. It was a borage plant, native to the Mediterranean area. Other new ones to me were a honeysuckle heath and a cobra lily, which you could say was striking.

Borage plants.

Honeysuckle heath & cobra lily.
Honeysuckle heath & cobra lily.

In one garden I saw, a saw bird, whose body was a circular saw blade. As in many gardens these days was a windmill but one garden displayed a modernistic feature, which I'm sure serves a purpose.

saw bird.
Saw bird.

Windmill and work of art.

Many walkers were about with and without their canine companions. One canine I met was Sasha, a cross between a labrador and a kelpie. A very placid and friendly doggie.

Many people were about.

More walkers.

Sasha and her owner were walking along the Brushy Creek Trail, which crosses Zina Grove.

walking path.
Brushy Creek Trail.

Very few birds were sighted, a noisy miner, magpie and a vocal crow.

noisy miner & magpie.
Noisy miner and magpie.

A noisy crow.

Also in a tree were several toy bears, just hanging around, perhaps wailing to be drop bears. Also hanging was a metal cat motif against a brick wall. An elaborate looking bird feeder and nesting box was a feature in one garden.

toy bears.
Future drop bears.

bird feeder & metal cat.
Bird feeder and metal cat.

Not many natives were noticed, just one prolific bush of banksias.


One new species appeared in the shape of a green tip forest lily and a poppy anemone. More common was a single daffodil and a lily. Just as common are hebe and lavender bushes.

Green tip forest lily & poppy anemone.
Green tip forest lily & poppy anemone.

daffodil & lily.
Daffodil and lily.

Hebe & lavender.
Hebe & lavender.

In Zina Grove is Zina Reserve which adjoins the Brushy Creek Trail and features a large playground.

Zina Reserve.
Zina Reserve.

Many euphorbia plants are flowing and look splendid when in mass plantings. Another mass planting was a creeping speedwell ground cover.

Euphorbia bush and creeping speedwell.
Euphorbia bush and creeping speedwell.

Only one polygala bush and one rose were seen, both colourful in their own way. Three different coloured freesias flowers looked nice. A few agapanthus were flowering as were several geraniums.

Polygala and rose.
Polygala and rose.

Three colours of freesias.

Agapanthus and geranium.
Agapanthus and geranium.

Several houses had planter boxes incorporated into their mailboxes, giving visual joy to the mail person. Some people like to show their patriotism by flying our national flag. A very shy garden lamp was almost hidden in a hedge.

Mail planter boxes.
Planter boxes.

Flag and garden lamp.
High flying flag and hiding lamp.

This walk has the benefit of branching out to another walk and a playground.

Street sign
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Why? It's a floral bonanza.
When: anytime
Where: Zina Grove, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 51. K.4.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
The photo three colour of iris is incorrect. They are freesias not iris.
by salis (score: 0|5) 11 days ago
Sasha looks like an absolute sweety. I love dogs but I'm not able to have one and it's always wonderful to meet some (and their owners of course) along my walks.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9187) 13 days ago
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