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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 September 14th 2021
It's garden ornaments central
Chester Street runs from Benito Street to Victoria Road, but only pedestrian access can be made to Victoria Road.

Chester Street.
Chester Street.

It is just over 700 metres in The Gateway Estate. A new area, a tree-lined street with power lines underground.

Chester Street.
Tree-lined and no power lines.

Spring flowers were out in numbers and the most spectacular were tulips. They are mainly single specimens or just a couple together.

Just beautiful.
Even more beautiful.

Most beautiful.

Many red flowering gum trees were bursting into flower as were red bottlebrushes. They are certainly visible from afar.

Flowering Gum & bottlebrush.
Competing for colour.

Of more subtle colourings were white and blue agapanthus, magnolia and lavender bushes.

Blue and white.

White magnolia.


Only one walker was out. A lady pushing a pusher with boy and dog. A cyclist was out doing some pedaling exercise.

Family outing.

Pedaling away.

A rare sight was a red New South Wales Waratah, growing south of the border. I had read they are hard to grow in Melbourne. A purple flag flower was happily growing.

Waratah & flag.
New South Wales Waratah and flag flowers.

Chester Street could be called a street of garden ornaments. Many gardens displayed them, but one had more than thirty in residence.

4 garden ornaments.
These are all in the same garden.

Chariot & lion.
Chariot and lion.

A visitor from Easter Island stood out in that garden as did a red dragon.

stone head.
The visitor from Easter Island.

red dragon
The visitor from far away.

Birds were few, only a few crows in a distant tree and butcher bird.

The crows were cavorting around this tree.

butcher bird.
Butcher bird.

A bird of paradise had landed in a few gardens with a metal bird looking like a permanent resident.

Bird of paradise & metal bird.
Bird of paradise & metal bird.

Many gardens featured garden beds with a variety of plants.

Garden bed of daisies.

succulent garden.
Succulent garden bed.

Succulents are becoming very popular, particularly flowering ones. A nice display of prickly cactus looked nice, from afar.

aloe flower.
Aloe in flower.

Not too close.

Azaleas and freesias added more colour to many gardens as did grevilleas and banksias.



grevillea & banksia.
Grevillea and banksia.

A surprise was a cat emerging from the shade and gently lying on a driveway to soak up some autumn sun, taking no notice of any passing photographer.

Prowling cat, lazy cat.

Garden ornaments continued to materialise. Two had a religious theme and appeared to be praying.

praying statues.
I hope their prayers were answered.

A trio of blue and purple flowers added a different colour with bluebells and a group of iris flowers. Some individual iris flowers were also seen.

blue flowers
Blue flowering bushes.

A pink hebe bush in full flower was a fitting end to this interesting walk.

hebe bush
Pink is pretty.

There were enough garden ornaments in this street to start a garden supplies venue.

Street sign
The place to see garden ornaments.
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Why? The garden ornaments will slow you down.
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Where: Chester Street, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. C.1.
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