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The Boulevard, Heathmont

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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 July 23rd 2022
The owl is hanging by a thread
This boulevard starts and ends on Allens Road. It's only a 700-metre semi-circle street, but joining them along Allens Road you have a pleasant 1-kilometre walk.

The Boulevard
The Boulevard.

It must be camellia season as many colourful examples presented themselves as did the rhododendrons.

camellias
A range of colours.


rhododendrons
Rhododendrons.

Jonquils were appearing regularly.

jonquils.
Yellow ones are so colourful.

In one almost overgrown garden, I spied what I first thought was a group of nodding orchids. I later identified them as arisarum plants, which are a native of the Mediterranean Basin.

Arisarum.
Arisarum.

Many magpies were heard chortling away in the distance, but only one was seen. Other birds seen were a crested pigeon, a bronze wing pigeon and a noisy miner.

magpie
Magpie in tree.


two pigeons and a noisy miner.
Two pigeons and a noisy miner.

A trio of individual blooms were a member of the bromeliaceae genus, a snapdragon and a trailing abutilon. A begonia, fried egg plant and a hellebore were another trio.

Bromeliaceae, snapdragon & trailing abutilon.
Bromeliaceae, snapdragon & trailing abutilon.


Bergonia, fried egg plant & hellebore.
Bergonia, fried egg plant & hellebore.

Garden lamps always add to garden décor with their many shapes and sizes.

Garden lamps.
Garden lamps.

Grevilleas and gum nuts invoked a feeling of native flora as did some nice banksia bushes.

Grevilleas & gum nuts.
Grevilleas & gum nuts.



banksia
Beautiful banksias.

Along The Boulevard are several short courts, closes and places. They have heritage-style street signs proclaiming they are part of the Mont Alto Estate.

Heritage court sign.
Heritage court sign.

Small, but colourful are the flowers of the correa plant. A heather plant and two red hot pokers added more colour.

correa
Correa bush.


Heather & red hot pokers
Heather & red hot pokers.

Only two walkers were encountered and they were both walking their dogs.

dog walkers
The two dog walkers.

A garden ornament with a difference was a water pump. An overgrown wheelbarrow had not moved for a long time and a cane lounge seat would provide an outdoor rest.

garden ornaments.
Water pump, wheel barrow & cane seat,

A bare weeping tree had its own hanging from it in one garden.

Weeping tree & owl.
Weeping tree & owl.

A single iris was seen along with several polygala bushes and a Japanese quince tree.

Iris, polygala & Japanese quince tree.
Iris, polygala & Japanese quince tree.

The area used to be an apple orchard and one post and rail fence looked very original, whereas a picket gate looked new.


Along Allens Road is the Uambi Reserve, a four-hectare bushland reserve, well deserving of a detour.

Uambi sign.
Uambi reserve.


The Boulevard and Allens Road, a nice round walk.



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Why? A nice round walk.
When: anytime
Where: The Boulevard, Heathmont. Melways map: 64. B.1.
Cost: Free
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