garden photography: urban spaces

December is the month for Urban floral displays

(Flowers found in Urban spaces – a town square, a flower tub, a hanging basket, a floral clock or any floral display including a public park. And as we are approaching Christmas you could even share with me your town’s Christmas lights)

My second urban space is also from my September trip along the east coast of England – the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. The Abbey Gardens were created within the walls of the former medieval monastery and contain a mixture of bedding plants and quiet corners in which to relax.

The park was laid out as a botanic garden in 1831 and opened to the public in 1912. The best time to see it is spring when 40,000 bulbs are opening; we were there in early September when the planting is past its best, but it was still a colourful space.


I’m afraid we got distracted by the abbey ruins and then the cathedral so I don’t have many photos to share. However I did want to show you the lovely bee friendly garden.


The new colourful green feature underneath the mosaic was part of the Bury in Bloom to promote pollination with plants to attract bees and other insects. Creative group “The Crafty Foxes” also installed bees and ladybirds made from recycled cans by local children in the garden. It was part of the “Kids Crafty Can” competition in which children could decorate a can and plant a wild flower in it.

Do you have a town park to share? Maybe your town has won an award for its public planting?

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    I might have one for you but it’ll be an enormous cheat. 🙂 🙂 Just for a change\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\1
    I absolutely adore the header, Jude! I want to go and live in it 🙂 Happy Sunday!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Can’t wait!!
      And it is a Sunny Sunday. Yay!

      1. restlessjo says:

        Presumably your tree will go in the conservatory? Got it up and decorated yet, or are you waiting for your helpers to arrive?

        1. Heyjude says:

          Good idea – it is cold in there, but we wouldn’t really see it. Thinking of a corner in the lounge which will be fine unless s-i-l decides on using the woodburner… which he will. I know he will. And the girls will decorate it on arrival.

        2. restlessjo says:

          Sounds like a conservatory like ours. It doesn’t get used in the winter months. Shame but it’d be too expensive to heat properly

        3. Heyjude says:

          I wish it was a proper room as we could use the space. Only alternative is to pull it down and have a proper extension added which would be expensive 😦

  2. What a cute idea for children to decorate cans for this garden. I might copy that idea for my school garden.

  3. Sue says:

    Love the decorated cans, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I believe they also have a competition for growing flowers in cans too.

      1. Sue says:

        That would be a thing to see….

  4. macmsue says:

    What a wonderful happy place. I love the can art in amongst the flowers.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Good to get children involved, if anyone is going to save our planet they are!

  5. Hi Jude, these gardens look fantastic. I wish we had some like that in Argentina!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I expect Argentina has some very different gardens 🙂

  6. Inger says:

    December is definitely not the time for flower displays here in Norway – so I really enjoyed seeing all these colours in your post:)

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I love the blue and orange, someone studied their colour wheel, and the mosaic is fab. Having made a few small mosaics, i admire people who make something substantial as it’s so hard on your hands. How wonderful that the children were involved in the wild flowers as well.
    So, are yo planning another challenge for 2017? 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I once made mosaic flower pots with my mother! I quite enjoyed doing that. As for challenges, I think 2017 is going to be a rest year, much as I have enjoyed the challenges and meeting everyone who joins in, it is time consuming. As the host I am committed to post every week and it is only fair that I visit and comment on everyone who takes part. Saying that I aim to challenge myself!

  8. Tina Schell says:

    Beautiful Jude – but I must admit I don’t get the crocheted/knitted coverings on trees when I see them. What do you think?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I believe there was some kind of textile competition going on too so maybe this was part of it. The yarn bombing ‘thing’ seems to be popular and is amusing! Not sure about this one though.

  9. I’m enthralled by colour in the bareness of winter. This garden did my soul good!

  10. Sherri says:

    Hi Jude, I love the tinned can bees and ladbybirds, what a gorgeous bee friendly garden, so pretty. I thought of you recently on a day out to the Christmas markets in Bath when I snapped a few shots of some nice Christmassy tubs outside a shop. I miss taking part in your garden challenges, but hopefully I’ll be able to slide in for December 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sherri – hope you manage to join in before the end!!

      1. Sherri says:

        I’m planning on it Jude…and will be back to catch up on your Lavenham posts too! Darn Windows 10 update today set me back though, slowed things right down for a while, but all okay again now…

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am sure it is amazing…

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