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?

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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 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m going to have to investigate the green man. My only encounter was in a Kingsley Amis book and he was quite sinister. A quick look at Wikipedia suggests that this is not his profile. I love the lead photo, and your shots of an delight in the herb garden. There’s also plenty of colour. My first thought was that there wasn’t much in the way of local public gardens at home, and then I remembered the Botanical Gardens we visited; the lotus pond along the river bank near the hospital; Foxglove Spires at Tilba; and the water gardens at Batemans Bay. Only a couple would in any way qualify as urban gardens, but it tightened the rope drawing me home to think about them. You have a great silly season too with your family. Is this the first Cornwall one? Time is behaving weirdly in my memory.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There is the botanic garden in Sydney too and the green spaces in the ‘burbs and along the beaches and Canberra has the lakeside gardens – that’s pretty urban. Most towns here have parks and there are often green spaces around the church too. Hanging baskets and planters in summer. I suppose we are lucky that public spaces are so greenified (is that even a word?) and we do love our gardens!

      And yes, first Christmas in Cornwall – just hope the rain holds off so they can have their boxing day walk on the beach 😀

      1. Yes, but that’s Sydney and Canberra, not home. You’re right though, every town has a park with gardens. I was just ruminating on Eurobodalla and the non-urban life I’m returning to.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Urban you are most definitely not! I must admit I am (selfishly) looking forward to the return of Potato Point, even though that will tear you in two.

        2. It will tear me in two, but I also have some eagerness.

    2. Heyjude says:

      Oh, forgot to mention – we bought a little book about the Green Man and one about Gargoyles – fascinating, shall have to work out a post one of these days.

    3. Lucid Gypsy says:

      Way before my photography habit I went to a Green Man festival on north Devon!

      1. Heyjude says:

        Ahem… I bet that was ‘interesting’

      2. I know you’re busy, but please tell more. What form did the festival take?

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    The herb garden looks blissful, Jude. And yes, those pottery labels are highly desirable.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have slate and a paint pen (if I can find it) which will have to do, though the vintage shop in Hayle had some nice herb signs that weren’t too expensive so I might have a look in there and treat myself if they still have any.

  3. This is a pretty herb garden. I wonder how they keep it so neat and tidy. I find when I try to grow herbs they go all gangly. We came across a physic garden quite near the City of London Museum, near the old Roman wall. It was very interesting to read about the medicinal properties of all the old fashioned plants. Next year, I’d be happy to see you post about any beautiful gardens you visit or interesting plants you find. I love seeing them through your lens, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I like finding this type of garden, always interesting if they have decent info. We saw a physic garden somewhere, but I’m damned if I can remember where! Senior moments are far too frequent these days 😦
      I will write about any non-Cornish gardens on the blog, still have a few to do, and I might restart the macro posts when I have some 🙂 Thanks for the vote of confidence Carole.

  4. restlessjo says:

    Are you after picking my brains again? You have to find them first 🙂 🙂
    Green Man’s a bit spooky, Jude, but it’s a lovely soothing space. When do family arrive at yours?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sadly the Bishop’s garden not open 😦
      Family arrive Saturday. Hope it remains dry…

  5. Lynn says:

    Jo took the words right out of my mouth, Green Man is a wee bit scary! The rest of the garden looks so inviting & I suspect with all of those herbs, very fragrant💛

    1. Heyjude says:

      That particular green man is rather scary as it looks like a real human face!

  6. Sue says:

    Wonderful post, Jude…I love herb gardens! Alas, don’t seem to h ave any photographs….

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, that’s a shame…

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    This is a lovely herb garden, I like the name labels. If I went there I’d be squidging everything!

    1. Heyjude says:

      There you go again, another word I don’t know. I’m guessing it is naughty….

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        Potentially, but not for me!

  8. Tina Schell says:

    Love the Green Man – and the garden of course :-). Must look for a local representative!

  9. I’ll bet this garden smelled lovely after the rain.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Very ‘herby’ 🙂

  10. Just beautiful! Love the photos of all of it. The ceramic signs, the paths, the herbs. Great find!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Peta, glad you enjoyed the garden 🙂

  11. Dina says:

    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

    1. Heyjude says:

      And you Dina. Have a wonderful time and I am sure the girls love this time of year.

  12. Sherri says:

    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 🙂 ❤

    1. Heyjude says:

      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!

      1. Sherri says:

        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

  13. restlessjo says:

    No Friday fountain? I guess you’ve got your hands full with the gang arriving tomorrow. Have fun, Jude, as well as the hard work. Merry Christmas, hon. 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Too busy shopping and preparing the house!! And last night we were having drinks with the neighbours and chatting about cow noises!!David has a bolt hole 🙂

      1. restlessjo says:

        You’re all set then. 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          As ready as I can be – washing bedding now! Run out of wrapping paper, but enough fruit to feed a small army – which of course it is…

  14. What a charming garden! I love all of the handcrafted touches, but especially the green man sculpture.

  15. When do we get to see you decked out like the Green Man of Norwich?

  16. Paula says:

    Merry Christmas, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      You too Paula, hope you are able to relax for a few days!

  17. What a pretty garden, and I love the ceramic labels. In my dreams all the plants in my garden are labelled in similar form. A belated Happy New Year to you and yours!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Reminds me to have a look in the vintage shop and see if they still have some lovely iron herb labels.

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