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The Boulevard, Montrose

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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 11th 2023
There is an elephant in the garden
This 700-metre undulating boulevard is a no-through road running off Swansea Road. There are no footpaths, but the grassy verges are well mowed and make a pleasant walk and easy viewing of the many floral examples in the gardens.

The Boulevard
The Boulevard with its grassy verges.

Flowers are the dominant sight on this walk with numerous specimens to delight flower lovers. Orange milkwort and everlastings stood out with their yellow blooms.

Orange milkwort & everlastings.
Orange milkwort.

A forever plant?

A yellow rose was the most attractive rose seen, along with an early azalea.

Azalea & roses.
Azalea with roses.

Some modern metal fences allowed views through them. A lychgate was an added attraction.

Metal fences & lych gate.
Wire fences give an open look.

Small examples of an abelia, anemone, bear tongue and a Chinese fringe flower made an attractive viewing.

albelia, anemone, bear tongue & Chinese fringe flower.
Albelia, anemone, bear tongue & Chinese fringe flower.

Only two grevillea bushes were seen and a nice bunch of gum nuts, along with a banksia bush represented native flora.

Grevillea & gum nuts.
Grevillea & gum nuts.

Banksias were in their prime.

Several magpies were in gardens, in trees or perched on fences. A noisy miner was almost hidden within a tree and a crested pigeon perched on overhead wires. Several birdbaths catered for their water needs.


noisy miner & crested pigeon.
Noisy miner & crested pigeon.

Bird baths.
Bird baths.

Petunias and a sea lavender bush have similar hues, but not so with several examples of the salvia genus.


Sea lavender.
Sea lavender.

Salvias come in many varieties.

One treed garden had a swing hanging from it. Several dogs were heard but only seen through wooden gates.

Swing and hidden dog.
Swing and hidden dog.

A row of flower pots on steps was interesting as was an agapanthus growing out from a bush with orange berries.

Flower pots
Cheeky agapanthus and flower pots on steps.

A luculia bush, paper daisy, polygala flower and a hebe bush made a nice combination, as did the crepe myrtle, fox glove and agapanthus.

luculia bush, paper daisy, ploygala and hebe.
Luculia bush, paper daisy, ploygala and hebe.

Crepe myrtle, foxglove and agapanthus.
Crepe myrtle, foxglove and agapanthus.

Some interesting garden ornaments were observed. A pot plant urn, an owl, a Chinese warrior metal globe and an elephant. A statue of Buddha was surrounded by garden lights.

Garden ornaments.
Urn, owl, Chinese warrior, metal globe and an elephant.

Buddha has seen the light.

There are many varieties in the lily family. Two seen were some Peruvian lilies and a fortnight lily.

Peruvian and fortnight lilies.
Peruvian and fortnight lilies.

Daisies and geraniums looked attractive as did five unidentified plants.

Daisies and geraniums.
Daisies and geraniums.

Unidentified flowers.
Unidentified flowers.

Not many roses to smell, but many other colourful flowers to admire.

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Why? It's a floral bonanza.
When: Anytime
Where: The Boulevard, Montrose. Melway map: 52. F.6.
Cost: free
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