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Kemps Street, Ringwood East

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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 7th 2021
The garden in Kemps Street are kempt
Kemp Street runs for 700 metres off Dublin Road. It is a well-established area with many weatherboard houses.

Kemps Street.
Kemps Street.

Some magnificent specimens of roses added the colours of red and yellow to many gardens.

Worth smelling.

Many azaleas were in full bloom adding more colour to this walk. A small bush full of countless deep pink little flowers had the unmistakable shape of the boronia genus. Also unmistakable was the prolific polygala bush full of flowers.

Pure beauty.
Boronia and polygala.
Boronia and polygala.

Bottlebrushes are starting to bloom in numbers, but banksias were getting past their prime, although still interesting to look at.

Bottle brush bushes are always attractive.

Past its prime, but still looks good.

Only a couple of magpies were seen as was a single spotted dove on their favourite perching spot of overhead wires.


spotted dove
Spotted dove up high.

Several clusters of white lilies and one of the bird of paradise flowers took pride of place in many gardens.

lilies & bird of paradise.
Lilies & bird of paradise.

Pride of a different kind was a large bush of pride of madeira plants.

Pride of madeira bush
Pride of madeira bush.

Some interesting garden ornaments were a wombat and two cherubs, a wishing well and an angelic birdbath.

Wombat, cherubs, wishing well & bird bath.
Wombat, cherubs, wishing well &bird bath.

Long before it was reached the unmistakable scent of jasmine reached my nose.

Jasmine flowers.

Passing one house, the loud barking of a dog reached my ears. He introduced himself as Oscar, or at least his owner did, confirming him to be a staffy.

An almost fluffy looking white flowering bush was a common lilac and an uncommon flower was some colourful coralbells.

Lilac & coralbells.
Lilac & coralbells.

Being an older area, many weatherboard houses, some with picket fences and one with a lychgate add to the enjoyment of walking in older areas.

Lych gates & picket fences.
Lych gates & picket fences.

Some newly planted small bushes of dianthus and voila were just starting to get established in a garden bed. Two other gardens beds looked attractive as did three hanging baskets.

dianthus & violas.
Dianthus and violas.

Garden beds.
Garden beds and hanging baskets.

Two unusual garden ornaments were a fire hydrant and a metal man atop a post.

Fire hydrant & metal man.
The ultimate in garden taps and a very tired metal man.

A wattlebird perched upon the edge of a gutter and indulged in some wattlebird chatter.

wattle birds.
Happy wattle birds.

A very colourful possum house was attached to a front garden tree, a potential home for a furry friend. Another garden featured a street library made from a small refrigerator.

Street library.
Possum home and home for recycled books in a recycled refrigerator.

Some children in Kemps Street have a swinging time judging by the number of swings seen hanging from tall trees.

Swinging times in Kemps.

A tall bush was covered with a multitude of small white flowers, which on close inspection were identified as long-leaf wax flowers. A ground cover of a cistus plant looked attractive.

Long leaf wax flower
Long leaf wax flowers.

Ciscus ground cover.

No walkers were seen, probably because of the lack of footpaths.

The only foot traffic seen.

Very profuse at this time of the year are small white lawn daisies.

lawn daises.
Lawn daisies.

Kemp Street has no footpaths but its nature strips are wide.
Street sign
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Why? An easy walk with a lot to see.
When: anytime
Where: Kemps Street, Ringwood East. Melways map: 50. B.5.
Cost: Free
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