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Annie's Little Plot

Annie's Little Plot

Friday, 15 June 2012

Gardening on the edge

We've just spent a few days on the North Yorkshire coast, staying in a lovely village called Runswick Bay, which is just north of Whitby. Its a higgledy piggledy group of houses, with a pub and a cafe on the edge of a lovely beach. When we got there the tide was in so we walked round the village admiring the gardens.

Its obviously reasonably mild as they grow some less hardy plants like this fig.
A gorgeous Verbascum.
Mind-your-own-business has taken over in the crevices of this garden.
Some lovely cottage gardens.

Then we discovered this vegetable plot, talk about gardening on the edge.

The spuds are looking healthy.
I can see carrots, onions and beetroot, all thriving.
Fantastic, I saw the owner pop out of little cottage, pick some salad for his lunch. I'm just not sure I'd like to stand on the edge to weed!

From colourful gardens to ancient gardens made of stone.
While in Whitby we visited the gothic abbey.
Next to the abbey ruins is the mansion house of the Chomley's a prominent family in Whitby, the mansion was built using stones from the abbey after its destruction in the time of Henry VIII. In front of the mansion is the recently restored 17th century 'hard garden'.

Sir Hugh Cholmley II built the house and courtyard in 1672 and installed a Bronze copy of the Borghese Gladiator in the centre, the original marble statue is now housed in the Louvre, Paris. This statue was often copied in the 17th century.
Not sure I'd like that sort of garden!
The beach at Whitby is a great beach with all the features of a British beach, colourful beach huts, ice cream vans and donkeys.
Further along the beach was a mass of a garden escapee, snow-in-summer looking fabulous.

I'd definitely recommend a trip to this coast some lovely beaches and coastal villages, Staithes, Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Robin Hood's Bay.


  1. We went to RHB last year and visited Runswick Bay - it was my favourite place of all in that area. Did you see that little beach hut all on its own - beautifully fitted out - I could have lived in it. Wasn't too keen on RHB as it was too steep to try and get out of by foot - but the cottage we stayed in was nice. Glad you enjoyed your break.

  2. Yes it was lovely. There are some very steep slopes to get out of the coastal villages there and most places you have to park at the top and walk down and the walk back is a challenge!

  3. Wow, that vegetable plot looks precarious, not sure I'd want to potter around there in the wind!

  4. Wow... second to last photo, the view of the water is absolutely gorgeous.

    -Tony Salmeron

  5. Very nice photographs, very interesting. The terraced, sloping gardens look marvelous.

  6. I've been there a long time ago. Sadly now I would struggle as I've dodgy knees.
    Most enjoyable post and photos. As for gardening on the edge...! Flighty xx