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Reilly Street, Ringwood

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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 November 12th 2022
Dame Edna is watching
Reilly Street is a straight undulating 900-metre street running from Wantirna Road to Great Ryrie Street.

Reilly Street.
Reilly Street.

It is a well-established street with almost every house having a fence or hedge to protect its property. Ringwood certainly seems to be the picket fence capital of Melbourne's east.

picket fences
Pick your picket style.

The bright orange flowers of the aloe plant are interesting despite their unusually shaped flowers.

Aloe flowers.
These do stand out from a distance.

It's the season for bottle brush plants, shrubs and trees. Many councils are now planting them as street trees on nature strips. They are ideal street trees as they only grow to about three metres and do not reach overhead wires.

bottle brush
They brighten any garden or street.

Decimated tree.
Tall street trees are often decimated to stay clear of overhead wires.

Grevilleas were in many gardens as were roses of many colours.

Grevilleas of subtle colour.

All of the south side of Reilly Street is built up with a footpath. The north side is mostly part of Jubilee Park, the home of many sporting activities and two Melbourne Water retarding basins. There is a path leading to the complexes. Passing these areas is a gravel footpath and proved popular with dog walkers.

Jubilee Park signs.
Jubilee Park signs.

Bush path.
Path into Jubilee Park and path along Reilly Street.

Dog walkers.
A nice walk for dogs and their owners.

A single agave plant looked attractive, an azalea flower looked like it was the last on the bush and the red pincushion protea looked spectacular.

Agave, azalea and protea.
Agave plant, azalea and the brilliant red pincushion protea.

Both sides of the street displayed mature trees and were a magnet for birds. Noisy miners predominated, and a couple of crested pigeons were in grass or a tree. You usually hear before you see rainbow lorikeets and this was the case in a tree I was walking past.

Noisy miners.
They like to pose.

crested pigeon
Crested Pigeon.

Rainbow lorikeets
A joy to see and hear.

A raven had found an egg and was busily demolishing it. Also on the ground was a magpie, a cockatoo on a tabletop and a bird of paradise growing.

Raven eating an egg.
I think it's soft boiled.

Magpie, cockatoo, bird of paradise.
Definately not birds of a feather.

Bush flowers seen were a broom, jasmine, lilac hibiscus and a fuchsia. Other bushes in flower were several pink bush peas and honeysuckle.

broom, jasmine, lilac hibiscus and fuchsia.
Broom, jasmine, lilac hibiscus and fuchsia.
Pink bush pea.
Pink bush pea.

Honey suckle flowers.

Walking past a rather overgrown garden I thought I was being watched. I did the proverbial double-take and I was being watched, by an image of Dame Edna.

Dame Edna.
I was being watched.

Another unusual sight was a brightly painted sign proclaiming the food is free at a community pantry. I have seen a couple of these initiatives on my many suburban walks.

Free food.
A worthwhile inititive.

Three different coloured iris flowers were seen, but only one group of daisies. A group of deep red pelargoniums were attractive and a fine display of valerian was observed. I have noticed that many groups of valerians are growing on nature strips which suggests that they are all self-sown.

Coloured iris.


Pelargonium flowers.
Pelargonium flowers and valerian.

Two bicycles were photographed, one with a rider and the other as a garden ornament.

bicycle rider.
Bicycles, with and without riders.

An unidentified flower on this walk was one I had never seen before, but it looked very attractive.

Unidentified, but nice.

There were several lone walkers on both sides of the street. With the mature street trees and many properties having high hedges it almost looks like a country walk.

Both sides are a pleasant walk.

A corner property had a high fence with the entrance through it, perhaps a lych hedge. A couple of short wooden windmills were in one garden and only one garden lamp was sighted.

hidden gate and garden ornaments
Almost a secret entrance and garden ornaments.

A short rail fence was on one property and a concrete fence was on another.

Fences with a difference.
Different styles of fencing.

A huge splash of colour was a dazzling display of ice flowers.

Ice plant.
They don't look cold.

This is a street of many interests and a good walk.

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Beautiful photography!
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