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 thoughts on “garden photography: urban spaces

  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.

    • 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 😀

    • 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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💛

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