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Irvine Street, Mt. Evelyn

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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 March 18th 2023
More fences than the Olympic games
I knew this was going to be an enjoyable walk as soon as I started. Stretched before me was a line of picket fences. Irvine is a well-established street, developed when large blocks and front fences were the norm.

Irvine Street.
Irvine Street with picket fences.

When developed, it would have been considered country. It is a tree-lined street running for 900 metres between Birmingham Road and Alice Street.

Irvine Street.
It's well treed.

Many floral displays were seen. An azalea, canna lily, kangaroo paw, two salvias and a bush of hydrangeas were a common sight, whereas an African hemp plant, a native of South Africa and Madagascar and snake vine, which is endemic to eastern Australia were a rarer sight.

Azalea, canna lily, kangaroo paw, salvias and hydrangeas.
Azalea, canna lily, kangaroo paw, salvias and hydrangeas.

African hemp and snake vine.
African hemp and yellow snake vine.

Roses, and geraniums were in many gardens adding colour along with daisies and pelargoniums.


Daisies and pelargoniums.
Daisies and pelargoniums.

Perhaps as a reminder of its more rural days, two old examples of former farm equipment were in one front garden.

Old farm equipment.
old farm equipment.

Seasonally named flora were a couple of cotoneaster bushes and a group of Easter lilies.

cotoneaster bush.
Cotoneaster bush.

Easter lilies.
Easter lilies.

Picket fences kept appearing as I advanced along the street, all well-maintained. Some blocks had short picket fences, others had long ones while others had an array of wooden ones.

picket fences.
A variety of designs.

short picket fences.
Short picket fences.

Long picket fences.
Long picket fences.

Wooden fences.
Wooden fences.

Despite all the picket fences, only one lychgate was seen.

Lych gate.
The only lych gate seen.

Along with fences go gates and a nice variety were viewed.

A variety of gate designs.

An aeonium succulent was attractive as were an agave succulent, a four-petal paw-paw and a kangaroo paw.

The do look attractive.

Agave, four petal paw-paw & kangaroo paw.
Agave and four petal paw-paw & kangaroo paw.

An abelia bush had some nice blossoms and a couple of begonias was also in bloom.

albelia bush
albelia bush.

More flowers were on a butterfly bush, two varieties of a hebe bush, a marmalade bush and a polygala bush.

Butterfly bush, hebe bushes, marmalade bush and a polygala bush.
Butterfly bush, hebe bushes, marmalade bush and a polygala bush.

The winner of the colourful stakes would be the orange lantana bush, simply brilliant. A hibiscus plant reached skywards as did a large grevillea bush.

Lantana bush
Lantana bush


A pleasant few seconds were watching a bee buzzing around a lavender stalk, viewed through my telephoto lens. A couple of moths added to that enjoyment.

Bee and moths.
The busy bee and restful moths.

In some of the more modern gardens were a couple of nice, landscaped areas.

Landscaped gardens.
Nicely done.

Only one walker was encountered and surprisingly not one bird was seen or heard.

The only walker encountered.

A grandiflora bush had some colourful flowers. A few stems of grass looked nice backlit against a fence in shadow.

Grandiflora flowers.

Well lit.

A picket fence with a difference incorporated a tree in its design.

Tree in fence.
The tree was there first.

Very few garden ornaments were noticeable. A broken birdbath, a complete one and a head on a tree stump.

Bird bath and head.
Bird baths and a head.

My flower identification program failed to identify two plants.

Unidentified flowers.
Unidentified plants.

This is an easy, level walk, with footpaths on both sides which makes it wheelchair accessible, giving a range of different things to see and admire. You may even see the birds that I didn't.

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Why? An easy walk with a variety if things to see.
When: Anytime
Where: Irvine Street, Mt. Evelyn.
Cost: free
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