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Ervin Road, 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 October 17th 2021
You won't recognise many of these flowers
Ervin Road starts at Mt. Dandenong Road and continues for almost one kilometre before ending as a no through road at Kiloran Park.

Ervin Road.
Ervin Road ends at Kiloran Park.

Ervin Road.
Ervin Road.

Flower wise, it has an almost international flavour with a Peruvian lily, a Chinese lantern and an Indian hawthorn among the many floral sightings.

International flowers.
Peruvian lily, Chinese lantern & Indian hawthorn.

Australia was well represented with the colourful bottlebrushes and grevilleas.

grevillea & bottlebrush.
Good old Aussie flora.

Some colourful individual species were several bird of paradise, iris and hebe flowers. Pigface flowers are extremely colourful, while white lilies look nice with a dark background. A small patch of pink oxalis was growing in the centre of one lawn.

Bird of paradise, iris & hebe.
Bird of paradise, iris and hebe.

Pigface, lily & oxalis.
Pigface, lily and oxalis.

Many birds were seen on this walk, in trees, on the ground or flying overhead. Many sulphur-crested cockatoos were seen and heard flying overhead with one perching atop a tree and three were quietly having a rest in a gum tree.

sulphur crested cockatoos.
They are here, there and everywhere.

In another tree a crow was practising for Halloween, giving passers-by an evil stare.

An evil eye or two.

Halloween is getting closer with one garden giving warning signs and a witch hanging from a tree and blowing in the wind.

Halloween display.
Heed the signs.

Our nostrils were rewarded with the impending sighting of a large expanse of jasmine, truly a rewarding experience. Another rewarding experience was a fine display of rhododendrons, especially a cluster of buds about to burst into flower.

Jasmine en masse.

These are beautiful before and after blooming.

Ervin Road crosses the O'Shannassy Pipe Line Reserve, which has a walking path popular with man, dog and bicycles.

O'Shannassy pipe line trail.
O'Shannassy pipe line trail is an easy walk.

Many dogs were seen, particular 'Buddy', a puppy of many breeds. He agreed to pose for a couple of photos. The muffled sounds of a barking dog were heard passing one house which was a little curly-haired doggy yapping at me from behind a window.

Buddy became an instant buddy, while I wondered how much was the doggy in the window.

What I thought was a variant of the pride of madeira bush was later identified as a vipers bugloss. Another later identified plant was a red claws bush. The subtle colours of a field rose and a lilac tree toned down the brightness a little.

Vipers bugloss.
A vipers bugloss plant.

Red claws, field rose & lilac.
Red claws , field rose and lilac bushes.

Walkers were about, with and without dogs. Some were getting their exercise on a motorised scooter.

With and without a dog.

Easy exercise.
Easy exercise.

The only ground-feeding birds seen were a mudlark and a magpie. A spotted dove and a crested pigeon stayed safely on high, as did a wattlebird.

mud lark & magpie.
Mud lark and magpie.

spotted dove & crested pigeon.
Spotted dove & crested pigeon.

wattle bird
Wattle bird.

Ervin Road is a well-established area with many weatherboard houses still on wide and deep blocks. Many blocks have been developed into multi-units, fortunately, few of multi-story, which keeps the original ambience of the area. One lychgate, several picket fences were observed and a metal fence with a honey locust tree overhanging looked attractive.

House & garden.
Could have been taken seventy years ago.

Lych gate, picket fence and honey locust tree.
Lych gate, picket fence and honey locust tree.

A Chinese lantern and a geranium plant were caught trying to escape the confines of their garden. Another geranium and a camellia were happy to stay at home.

escaped flowers
Chinese lantern & geranium escapees.

Geranium & rose.
Stay at homes.

A metal bird bath complete with water and a bird complemented a nearby bird feeder hanging from a tree with two birds in residence. A patch of coloured stones brightened up the rock they sat upon.

Bird bath, feeder and stones.
Catering for bird lovers and stone fanciers.

Only one azalea was sighted. A deep red large flower pelargonium, a bush of white daisies and a pansy added to the overall floral display in Ervin Road.

Junior azalea.

Pelargonium flower, daisies & pansy.
Pelargonium flowers, daisies & pansy.

A tall garden lamp and a large mailbox added to two gardens.

Garden lamp and mail box.
Garden lamp and mail box.

This is a good walk, with a cross trail along the way and a reserve at the end.

Street sign
A great walk.
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Where: Ervin Road, Kilsyth. Melway map: 51. E.4.
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