TED Easton’s joy at learning his beloved garden had won him an award was shortlived because he was laid in a hospital bed at the time and unable to attend the prize giving ceremony.
But he finally got his green fingered hands on the reward when it was personally handed over at his house by the Mayor of Whitby, Coun John Freeman on Tuesday.
Ted’s niece, Claire Reynolds asked the town council if they could make the special presentation after he missed the first while recovering from a knee replacement and the Mayor was delighted to be able to help.
He said: “It is an absolute pleasure to do it. He is a fellow gardener and it is a pleasure to see somebody else’s garden. The first thing I did when I got here was have a look.”
Mr Easton (77) moved into the house on Saxon Road with late wife Ann in 1956 and the garden was a heap of muck and rubble.
Over the years he created a vegetable patch for when his children were little and has since added flower beds and water features.
There are over 2000 bulbs planted in the garden such as snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths but his favourite flowers are roses.
It is this display which won him the gold ward for the best kept garden competition which was held earlier this year with Whitby in Bloom and Whitby Town Council.
Mr Easton was also awarded the best in category for the Yorkshire Coast Homes category.
He said: “I did it last year and failed miserably - I only got a bronze. It was a big effort this year, I was absolutely delighted to hear I had won and I was laid in hospital but it cheered me up no end.
“It is fantastic of the town council to come and present it again, it means a lot to me.”
After the death of Ted’s wife Ann he has put his time into the garden and spends hours at a time maintaining it with his favourite part being the water feature.
He added: “It is hard work but it gives me great pleasure and always has done. I could spend all day pottering about, there is always something to do.”