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Balmoral Street, Kilsyth

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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 November 24th 2021
Look for the orange Bush Monkey
This 800 metre street runs between Durham and Mt. Dandenong Roads.

Balmoral Street.
Balmoral Street.

Balmoral Street.
It has a gentle slope.

It's an area of lush gardens, lots of flowers and interesting fences.

lush gardens.
Some gardens are lush.

White painted pickets give a nostalgic look.

When aloe succulents flower they are a bright spot in any garden. Another singly bright flower is the bird of paradise when in full bloom are visible from several houses away.

Aloe flowers.
How bright are these.

Bird of paradise
Bird of paradise flower and paradise lost.

Red valerian flowers are profuse, popping up in many places, including nature strips which suggests they are prolific self sowers. It is a native of the Mediterranean area and is considered an invasive plant in some areas. A single daisy protruding through other foliage attracts the eye with its splash of colour.

Red valerian bush.
Red valerian bush and daisy.

When bottlebrushes mature as trees and agapanthus thrust skywards it gives a different perspective to them with a blue sky background.

bottle brush and agapanthus.
A different perspective.

The most interesting birds seen were two crimson rosellas feeding in a tree just above my head. They ignored both me and my camera as their hunger was satisfied.

Crimson rosellas.
A joy to watch.

If they became thirsty a couple of nearby birdbaths would be an attraction for them.

bird baths.
Avian refreshment centres.

Three interesting flowers seen were a white evening primrose, a Peruvian lily escaping from a fence and a New Zealand Christmas tree in full flower.

Primrose, Peruvian lily & New Zealand Christmas tree.
Primrose, Peruvian lily & New Zealand Christmas tree.

Two more escapees were an orange bush monkey flower and a red rose.

Orange bush monkey
Orange bush monkey and red rose photographed after their escape.

Partway along Balmoral Street is Balmoral Reserve. This large grassy area has a few trees and an extensive playground in its top corner. Two magpies were seen in this reserve before flying off.

Balmoral Reserve.
Balmoral Reserve with playground in background.


Not many walkers were about, just two girls and a redhead crossing a road.

Three forms of transport, feet, bicycle and car.

A bright geranium looked magnificent up close as did a bush of hanging fuchsias. A multi flowered bush of the compositae genus looked striking even though its flowers were white.

geraniums & fuchsia.
Colourful geraniums, fabulous fuchsias and white flowers.

A couple of wattlebirds were seen perching on things while a crow and spotted dove preferred the ground.

wattle birds
Wattle birds.

crow & dove.
Crow and spotted dove.

A puppy in a bucket was an interesting garden ornament, looking happier than the bear tied to a tree. To some, the football season is still with them.

puppy in bucket and bear in tree.
Puppy in bucket and bear in tree.

football banner.
Still living the dream.

Many picturesque garden beds in front of fences are becoming popular and attractive.

A nostalgic look.

Garden beds.
They complement each other.

An unusual plant, which from a distance looked like a kangaroo paw was identified as a New Zealand flax plant.

New Zealand flax.
New Zealand flax.

Balmoral Street is one of floral diversity.

Street sign
Our location.

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