The first doesnt convince me. On the one hand, the flowers as they are growing there are a not too common view, and this is interesting. On the other hand, they appear somewhat peripheral to me, not in the center of interest. I think I would have, while preserving the format, closed up much more on the flowers without loosing the information that they are growing at a stair.
I like the second much more, but also would have zoomed in. I'll attach a crop.
Your crop destroys the photo, IMHO. The statue is now touching the frame, and this is one of the interesting things in the photos. Your crop is pretty much a photo of a cat, nice enough but ho-hum. The original photo is full of interesting little mysteries - what are those cut white tubes at the left, and the black metal (?) items hanging next to them? What is that basket-looking item at the top right? Why is the door marked "private?"
I cannot decide if I like the purple bucket, though!