City pavement gardens

by Charles Stirton June. 03, 2020 111 views

A striking feature of many cities and towns is the spontaneous aggregation of escaped garden plants which decorate the margins of pavements. These pavement gardens can be dull and boring, vibrant and striking, and often are even small scale mini-gardens of random assemblages. Here are some pictures of Bath's current pavement gardens. On close inspection, they can be quite attractive and harbour life of insects and rapid life cycles. During Covid-19 they have exploded across Bath like a triffid invasion. Usually, they never get a chance to fully establish before they are poisoned, cut or die of drought. An element of natural ephemera.

Linaria purpurea 'Canon J. Went'   and Morford Street, Bath

Linaria purpurea 'Canon J. Went' and Morford Street, Bath

Brock Street Bath

Brock Street Bath

Papaver rhoeas, Monmouth Place, Bath

Papaver rhoeas, Monmouth Place, Bath

Nigellla damascena, Persian Jewels (blue flowers) and Erisgeron karwynskianus (white flowers), Upper Bristol Road, Bath

Nigellla damascena, Persian Jewels (blue flowers) and Erisgeron karwynskianus (white flowers), Upper Bristol Road, Bath

Sisymbrium officinale, end of Nelson Sisymbrium officinale, end of Nelson Villas Road against hoarding of Pegasus site nr Avon River

Sisymbrium officinale, end of Nelson Sisymbrium officinale, end of Nelson Villas Road against hoarding of Pegasus site nr Avon River

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