Deschamps Street & Avenue, Lilydale

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Posted 2023-06-06 by Neil Follettfollow
Clement Deschamps was born in Switzerland in 1844 and came to Australia with his father in 1854. He later established three vineyards in Lilydale. Those vineyards are now covered with housing and Deschamps Street and Avenue are part of two of those vineyards.

Deschamps Street. This short street runs between Cave Hill Road and Kidgell Street.

It is well established, being only 400 metres from Lilydale railway station. Most properties had front fences and many picket ones are still there, although I suspect that they may have been restored over the years. One had a painted metal picket fence.

A couple of wire fences and gates added a nostalgic feel to the street.

Most gardens were well maintained with many having roses in bloom, or ready to bloom.

Several bergenia plants which are native to central Asia had pink flowers, a yellow oxalis looked nice but is considered by many to be an invasive weed. A stand of lavender looked photographic with backlighting.

Several spotted doves were about, perching on overhead wires and rooftops. Almost hiding in a tree was a wattle bird.

Two nice examples of protea flowers were evident in a large protea bush.

The orange colour of nasturtiums stood out before you get near them. One was caught escaping through a wooden fence.

Short streets are not usually populated with walkers, although I did meet eighteen legs walking: three people and three dachshund doggies. All three barked at me, the dogs that is.

Garden ornaments were few, just a bird bath and a strange blue object.

A bush of fountain grass looked nice, hanging down like a fountain.

Many polygala bushes have nice flowers when looked at closely and a single stem of one of the salvia genus.

This walk can give you a sense of what early Lilydale looked like.

Deschamps Avenue. This short avenue runs from Maroondah Highway to Mont Vue, is steep and like Deschamps Street, is well-developed, but has more modern houses.

Yellow daisies were the most colourful flowers seen. Masses were flowing over picket fences, escaping through picket fences and a pair made dual escape. A few individual daisies were in some gardens.

Several white picket fences fronted some white weatherboard houses, both immaculately presented. A modern looking metal picket fence did not look out of place.

For a short street many birds were seen. A magpie in grass, an Indian myna on the roadway, oblivious to passing traffic and a raven finishing his take-away in the McDonald's car park.

Two more ravens had a close encounter atop a power pole.

Several mud larks were seen in grass and on the roadway.

Only one full rose was seen and a budding one would soon be. Several crassula plants were growing. These are sometimes called elephant ears, because of the size of their leaves,

The only garden ornament of note was a statuette of a couple.

A single bottlebrush shrub seen was hosting a passing bee.

If the hungries hit while on this walk, there is a KFC and a McDonald's on the Maroondah Highway corner.

If you were wandering around these two Deschamps streets 150 years ago, you would be in a vineyard.

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