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Stewart Street, Boronia

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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 May 23rd 2022
All the flowers are not in the garden
This 1.1 kms street is a mixture of old and new with the houses, gardens, flowers and fences. A Hawaiian hibiscus was the most colourful floral exhibit on show, followed closely by a fuchsia bush.

Hawaiian hibiscus.


Stewart Street.
Stewart Street.

Many gardens had newly bloomed grevillea bushes and even more had nice displays of banksias.

Grevilleas are always attractive.

Banksia are intriguing.

The older established properties were notable for their array of picket fences often in front of hedges which hide the houses. Even older properties were more noticeable by rusty gates and deteriorating wooden fences.

picket fences
Picket fences.

old fence & rusty gates.
Old fence & rusty gates.

Daisies are starting to flower as are gazanias, geraniums and polygala bushes.


Gazania, geranium and polygala.
Gazania, geranium and polygala.

Colder weather seems to be the trigger for azaleas and camellias to flower and several of each were seen. A nice example of an agave plant was seen next to smaller succulents. A few agapanthuses were flowering, either late bloomers or early ones.

Camellia & azalea
Camellia and azalea.

Agave & agapanthus.
Agave & agapanthus.

Garden ornaments can be simple or complex. Two simple ones seen were two cherubs as a wall hanging and a lonely frog. More complex was a birdbath, complete with a cement bird, surrounded by a garden bed. A wagon wheel and an old plough decorated another garden. Another wheel accompanied a pot man and nearby it appeared to be a retirement village for garden ornaments.

Cherubs & frog.
Cherubs & frog.

bird bath & wagon wheel.
Bird bath & wagon wheel.

Pot man
Pot man and retirement village.

Honeysuckle flowers are brilliant, but they are considered to be an invasive plant being fast-growing and spreading.

Beautiful, but hard to control.

The only still birds seen were several magpies and a single wattlebird. Often on walks loud overhead screeching can be heard, heralding a fly-past by sulphur-crested cockatoos. If you are carrying a camera and are quick with your trigger finger you can capture them as they pass overhead.

Magpie and wattle bird.
Magpie and wattle bird.

cockatoo in flight.
Cockatoo in flight.

Elephant ears and a jade plant were identified as was a princess flower and the easily identified bird of paradise.

Elephant ears and jade plant.
Elephant ears and jade plant.

Bird of paradise and princess flower.
Bird of paradise and princess flower.

Another indication of older areas is the number of large trees still growing and many dead specimens as well.

dead trees
Interesting trees.

A street stall selling potted plants and flowers was something different. There was a very colourful display of flowers available which brightened up my walk. Another colourful floral display was a series of red and white potted plants bordering a balcony.

Street flower stall.
Waiting for passing trade.

Balcony of flowers.
Balcony of flowers.

There are numerous varieties of the salvia genus. I caught two bees hovering around a mauve variety. The salvia hot lips is an attractive variety showing red and white flowers and some showing both colours.

Salvia plants.
Salvia plants and bees.

Garden lamps are a nice feature of many gardens

Garden lamps.
A feature of many gardens.

Several walkers were encountered, most walking their canine friend.

Most walkers had their dogs.

A single protea was seen as was a single purple iris and a very colourful alstroemeria lily.

Protea and iris.
Protea and iris.

Alstroemeria lily.
Alstroemeria lily.

This is a delightful street to walk along with its variety of flowers, fences and garden ornaments.

Stewart Street.
Stewart Street.

Street sign
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Why? It's a floral bonanza.
When: anytime
Where: Stewart Street, Boronia. Melways map: 65. A.6.
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