Here is a modest bed of Begonias, but one that gave me great pleasure when I first cycled past it a couple of days ago.
About two years ago I was approached by a resident of the Saxon Gate development (where Redrow built on the old Jewsons land) who asked why this junction between Southgate Street and Maynewater Lane couldn't be spruced up. I approached Bury in Bloom who said they'd look into, but nothing happened.
Next year I made another approach, but BiB were concentrating on the Westgate Street garden.
So I asked the Borough Council's Parks Department - "no budget" for this. In fact some beds were being removed.
And then these Begonias appeared, kindly sponsored by Stowmarket Lions, to advertise their Begonia carpet display this year in the Abbey Gardens. The nice Parks staff remembered my plea and persuaded the Lions that this was a good location.
Little victories like this make being a local councillor worthwhile.