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Poet's Corner, 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 December 31st 2022
It's a poetic experience
A residential area on the corner of Mt. Dandenong and Colchester Roads has four streets named after English poets; Browning, Shelly, Tennyson and Byron. It is I who named it Poet's Corner and this is their story.

map
Poet's Corner.

Except for Byron, they are all joined.

Browning Street
Browning Street

Browning Street. Perhaps the feature of this street is the Catalpa tree which adorns many of the nature strips. On my walk, they were in flower with a myriad of white blossoms.

catalpa tree.
Catalpa tree.

Also with nice blooms were many agapanthuses and a large jacaranda tree.

Agapanthus & jacaranda.
Agapanthus & jacaranda.

It is a well-established area with many picket fences, weatherboard houses and old gardens.

picket fences
Very nostalgic.

Perched on the veranda rail of one house, I saw a magpie. My careful approach didn't frighten it into decamping. Getting closer, I saw why - its feet were taped to the rail. I then noticed it was an all-metal magpie and going nowhere. It was the only bird I saw in Browning Street.

tin magpie
It looked real from a distance.

A white magnolia tree exhibited just a couple of mature blooms.

Magnolia.
White magnolia tree.

A single garden lamp and a fading football stature were the only garden ornaments of interest.

Garden lamp & fading footballer.
Garden lamp & fading footballer.

A bear's breeches plant and a purple salvia added a little colour.

Bear's breeches and salvia.
Bear's breeches and salvia.

Robert Browning (1812-1889) was an English poet whose best-known poem was "How Do I Love Thee," read during many wedding ceremonies.

Robert Browning.
Robert Browning.

Shelly Avenue. Running off Mt. Dandenong Road is Shelly Avenue.

Shelly Avenue.
Shelly Avenue from Mt. Dandenong Road.

An industrial complex has a nice garden alongside its building featuring agapanthus, many geraniums and some brilliant canna lilies.

Canna lilies.
Canna lilies in industrial garden.


Geraniums.
Geraniums.

The northern side is mostly industrial with gardens of geraniums, daisies, gazanias and a verge garden of geraniums around a tree.

Gazanias
Gazanias.


Geraniums.
Geranium verge garden.


At the intersection with Tennyson Avenue, Shelly Avenue becomes Shelly Court, all residential.

Shelly Court.
Shelly Court.

A broom tree added a splash of yellow. Grevilleas added a splash of red and birds of paradise always add colour.

Broom tree.
Broom tree.


Grevilleas.
Grevilleas.


Bird of paradise.
Bird of paradise.

In keeping with being a well-established area, many picket fences fronted many properties

picket fences
Picket fences, always a welcome sight.

Percy Shelly (1792-1822) was an English poet whose best-known poem was "Ozymandias."

Percy Shelly.
Percy Shelly.

Tennyson Avenue. This avenue runs off Colchester Road and ends at The Shellys.

Tennyson Avenue.
Tennyson Avenue.

It's a well-establish area with many picket fences to prove it.

picket fences
Wooden or metal, they are all attractive.

Some very colourful roses were a standout floral exhibit, where a butterfly bush and a dusty miller plant added to the avenue's colour.

Roses
Beautiful roses.


Butterfly bush and dusty miller plant.
Butterfly bush and dusty miller plant.

The gardens showed some unusual ornaments. The tin cat and dog were a standout. Three cement rabbits looked cute.

Tin dog & cat.
Tin dog & cat.


Cement rabbits.
Cute bunnies.

I saw no avian activity in Tennyson but they were catered for with a birdbath and a nesting box.

Bird bath & nesting box.
Bird bath & nesting box.

A large group of white agapanthuses were growing on a verge garden.

White agapanthus.
White agapanthus.

Gardenia and jasmine flowers heralded their appearance with their distinctive aroma before they were sighted. To smell flowers is a bonus to any walk.

Gardenia & jasmine.
Gardenia & jasmine.

One hydrangea bush was seen as was a plumbago bush.

Hydrangea & plumbago bush.
Hydrangea & plumbago bush.

In keeping with the well-established look, a rusty gate and a couple of garden seats all looked under-used.

rusty gate.
Definitely not a swinger.


Garden seats.
Garden seats.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) was another English poet with his most well-known poem being, "The Charge of the Light Brigade."

Lord Tennyson.
Lord Tennyson

Byron Road is a no-through road included in the Poet's Corner. An article on Byron Road can be seen on the link. It has the best floral exhibits of all the poets' streets.


Chinese lantern.
Chinese lantern.




Lord Byron (1788-1824) was an English poet. His most well-known poem was "Don Juan."

Lord Byron.
Lord Byron.

If you start your poet's walk at the Colchester Road end of Browning Street and finish at the Colchester Road end of Tennyson Avenue, a short walk along Colchester will have you back at your starting point, have seen some grevilleas, daisies and a noisy miner.



Grevillea.
Grevillea.


Noisy miner.
Noisy miner.


It's a walk with a sense of history.
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Why? A poetic walk.
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Where: Poets corner, Kilsyth. Melway map: 51. E.5.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great research and lovely photography.
Quite inventive and interesting naming of streets. Well done. Thoughtful..
Better than so many High Streets or Main Roads.
by junea (score: 2|202) 35 days ago
"How Do I Love Thee?" was written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert's wife. His most famous poem is "My Last Duchess". The rest of your presentation is wonderful.
A California resident in love with everything Aussie
by Bunksy (score: 1|61) 34 days ago
It makes you wonder doesn't it; why a council would decide to name Australian streets after English poets.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10397) 36 days ago
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