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)

The Green Man of Norwich Cloisters

The Green Man of Norwich Cloisters

This is my last post in the Garden Challenge since next Sunday is Christmas Day. Continuing my journey up the east side of Britain in September, I was delighted to discover this pretty little cathedral herb garden in Norwich. The Benedictine monks grew herbs and used them daily for a variety of purposes; brewing, dyeing cloth, to give flavour to their bland diet and for medicinal use. Herbs would have been strewn on the cathedral floor too during worship to mask the odour of the earth floor and enhance an atmosphere of calm and contemplation.


I wasn’t expecting to see much in the way of colour, but it was lovely to see how the garden was laid out and after the rain everything was nice and fresh.

I loved the pottery signs:

The garden has been recreated with herbs matching as closely as possible those which the monks would have grown. In particular, herbs important to Norwich. There is evidence of a tradition ‘physic’ garden in the variety of medicinal plants.


Two box-hedged ‘knot gardens’ reflect the patterns of the stone tracery of the famous Norwich cathedral roof bosses.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd in keeping with the monks’ tradition of including a space for quiet contemplation there is a small area in the Herb Garden with benches where people can sit and rest.

No sitting for us however, for one thing the benches were wet and we had a riverside walk to complete before the day was over.

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

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules🙂

  • Create your own post and include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month. This is the final month of the challenge.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.

This is my final post for the Garden Challenge, but you still have until the end of the month to post your entry. I hope those of you who have been following have enjoyed the various themes each month and I am especially grateful to every one of you who has joined in. Thank you all for the lovely likes and comments throughout the year. It has been a lot of fun for me and an excuse to feature something a little different on the blog. Only trouble now is thinking about what I am going to do with this blog next year. Any ideas?

Meanwhile I hope you have an enjoyable time, however you choose to celebrate this festive season, and I hope to see you all in the new year.

47 thoughts on “garden photography: urban spaces

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  2. So good to see the green man from Norwich here, Jude. 🙂
    Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year in you new home!
    See you next year! 🙂
    Dina, Klausbernd, Siri and Selma xx

  3. I love herb gardens, and like you Jude, adore those pottery signs. No matter the weather, you always manage to give us such beautiful photos full of vibrant colour and beauty. I wish I could have participated in more of your challenges during the year, you know why I wasn’t able to, but it has been an absolute pleasure reading your blog about your travels and finding out such great ideas of places to visit. And of course, about your move to Cornwall! Hopefully, as I get my rewrites with my memoir finished, once I return to them in the new year, I’ll be able to blog a little more and join in more often…I will wait to see what new venture you decide upon! Merry Christmas my dear friend, and a very Happy New Year. Love & hugs – Sherri 🙂 ❤

    • Ah, Sherri, it has been a pleasure to share my gardens with you as I know you love flowers too. And even if visits to the summerhouse have been brief this year you are not forgotten. I hope next year brings you everything you wish for. And maybe, maybe, we will have that glass of bubbles at last!

      • Ah Jude, I signed off before I was able to reply to your lovely message, thank you so much ❤ I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year! How wonderful to think 2017 could be the year when we share that glass of bubbles…and lots more flower pics in the meantime! Cheers my friend! xxx

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