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Watermoor Avenue, Kilsyth South

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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 January 23rd 2022
Count the Cockatoos
This avenue meanders for one kilometre, passes two parks and gives some nice views to the nearby Mt Dandenong.

Watermoor Avenue.
Watermoor Avenue, looking towards Mt. Dandenong.

It is also an avenue of unusual flowers and interesting foot traffic. New plants to me were the sea lavender and tansy leaf milfoil, both a mass of small flowers. The golden dew plant with white-rimmed purple blooms looked nice.

Sea lavender & tansy leaf milfoil.
Sea lavender & tansy leaf milfoil.


Golden dew plant.
Golden dew plant.

Old favourites of agapanthus and plumbago were apparent as were a grevillea, abelia and several polygala plants.

agapanthus & plumbago.
Agapanthus & plumbago.


Grevillea, abelia & polygala.
Grevillea, abelia & polygala.

Early into this walk, some raucous screeching overhead revealed some fifty sulphur-crested cockatoos flying in loose formation to some destination. One broke ranks and landed in a tree almost over my head.

cockatoos in flight.
A mass formation.


cockatoo in flight.
Solo performance.

The gardens of Watermoor Avenue produce many different varieties of roses. Several alpine roses were seen as some deep red ones.

Alpine rose.
Alpine roses.


red roses
Red roses.


roses
More roses.


Of interest was what I deemed three generations of roses all on the same stalk.

three headed rose
Three generations of roses.

Oleander trees and bushes were ablaze with colour, mostly in shades of pink.

oleander flowers
Lovely to look at.

Other flowers high up in the colour stakes were a street flowering gum and two beautiful hibiscus flowers.

flowering gum
Gum tree in flower.


hibiscus
Always attractive.

Only one magpie was seen, a couple of Indian mynas and a couple of noisy miners were the usual birds seen.

Magpie and Indian myna.
Magpie & Indian myna.


noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner in tree.

The only street traffic seen were fourteen legs waddling across the road. They belonged to seven black ducks, mother and six juvenile ones following. They were literally street traffic slowly walking across the road in line astern, a bonus sighting on this walk.

ducks crossing road.
Ducks on a walk.

The avenue passes two parks, Grayswood Park and Appletree Hill. Grayswood has a playground, shelter and a skate track. The main feature of Appletree Hill, which is located on the Little Bungalook Creek is a small lake.

parks
The two parks.

Some different garden ornaments were seen. A birdbath filled with pebbles, an owl sitting in another one and an elephant with its rear legs buried.

garden ornaments.
Bird baths and elephant.

What do you do with old tree stumps? Sit a large tub of succulents on one and make a table on another.

tree stump uses.
Never let a tree stump go to waste.

It's a newly established area with footpaths on both sides and power cables underground. It would be an ideal outing for the wheelchair-bound.

An inviting avenue.
An inviting avenue.

Two other unusual plants were several stalks of the oyster plant and the many stems of the fountain grass plant.

oyster plant
The unmistakable shape of the oyster plant.


Fountain grass plant.
Fountain grass plant wavering in the wind.

It was nice to see picket fences in new areas which allows a few escapees. A few houses featured small gables on their roofline and garages.

picket fences
Picket fences.


gables
Several houses featured gables.

Almost every garden had flowers of interest. A colourful gazania, tall stems of wild leek plants, a type of pigface and a patch of aeonium.
Gazania, wild leeks, pigface & aeonium.
Gazania, wild leeks, pigface & aeonium.


A large clump of canna lilies stood out with their colourful flowers and leaves. A sighting of rock lilies and a penstemon plant was a colourful end to this walk.

canna lilies
A tangalation of canna lillies.

Rock lilies & pestermon.
Rock lilies & pestermon.


It is a real floral bonanza.

Street sign
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Why? It's a floral bonanza.
When: anytime
Where: Watermoor Avenue, Kilsyth South. Melway map: 65. D.2.
Cost: Free
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