Is it an English thing? I don't know but here - in the frost-free months - you will often see hanging baskets of flowers close to people's front doors.
Although you can buy ready-made hanging baskets from garden centres or florists, for the past three decades Shirley has made up a new basket every year inserting suitable flowering plants that will later provide a mixture of blooming colour.
When you decide to have a hanging basket, you should also be prepared to water and feed it very regularly - often daily. Consequently, if you go away for a day or two you have to find ways of preventing the soil from drying out. Friendly neighbours may help.
In my experience, most hanging baskets are maintained by women. For whatever reason, women tend to be more enthusiastic about flowers and flowering plants than the majority of men.
I should have taken a picture or two of our current hanging basket when it was at its absolute best a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, I didn't so that's that. You will just have t make do with the photograph at the top of this blogpost.
A healthy hanging basket outside your front door provides a cheerful welcome home or a happy greeting for visitors. Admittedly, they are more common in salubrious suburbs or villages than in inner city districts or areas of significant economic depravation.