I went into Seal Beach last weekend. It's one of the lesser known beaches in So Calif, but charming in its quaintness. It's been a favorite spot for me to go when I think of 'the beach'. I always consider it more a traditional beach town than some of its more famous neighbors, with its quirky winding streets and small town feel. It has a much less developed Main Street, there are a few of the chain restaurants and of course the boutiques selling bikinis and board wax to the younger crowd, but there are also some small antique shops and specialty places and mom and pop restaurants. One place that has managed to thrive is Britas Old Town Gardens, halfway down Main Street.
Not having a very large lot to work on, the owners have still managed to fill it with an assortment of plants and pergolas and hanging baskets.
It isn't just the delight of wending your way through the tightly wound paths leading you around the selection of gorgeous groupings, it's the small town feel of watching the people potting new baskets chatting with the customers as if they were their next door neighbors - maybe they are! There is also a lovely black and white cat in residence there. He is usually splayed along a sunny spot, as much at home there as any begonia or bougainvillea.
As much as I love gardens and beaches, I certainly love a garden at a beach.