The main picture isn’t part of a car park or industrial site. It is someone’s front ‘garden’ in a wholly residential area.
Here is a fuller view/:
Being one big island and a bunch of small ones, Great Britain has a LOT of coastline. It’s hard to measure – there is even a thing called ‘the coastline paradox’ to explain why. Likewise, I’m not sure there is a definitive number of beaches.
What I do know is that most people, asked to draw a beach would draw a stretch of yellow sand. And that given the choice, most people heading for a day out would choose a sandy beach over pebbles (shingle).
So, why is it so many people think a stretch of seaside pebbles or shingle makes an attractive garden?
I get that not everyone likes gardening. I get that not everyone is able to garden. I get that a lot of people want or need ‘low-maintenance’ gardens.
But, they don’t have to be totally ugly!
Ok, beach pebbles (and gravel and shingle) are slightly less ugly than, say, covering the whole garden in grey concrete paving slabs. But really, they look cheap and nasty. And sticking two shrubs and conifer in won’t mask that.
The point of sharing these two photos is the hope that somewhere in the world, someone contemplating pebbles will see them.
If just one person thinks: “That looks really horrible: I’m not getting pebbles now” – this post will have achieved something 🙂