Sending out an SOS

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Here in the Yorkshire Dales we are blessed with a rich heritage of natural flora and fauna, as well as a stunningly beautiful place to live and work. However, if we’d like to keep it that way, we probably all … Continued

What’s a garden?

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Gardens aren’t just for gardeners – gardens are for everyone. What is a garden? Well, one often used definition is that of “an enclosed space near a house used for the planned growing of flowering plants, fruit or vegetables”. However, … Continued

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If you followed my advice last year and bought a pot grown Christmas tree, or have previously done so, sooner or later you’ll be looking for a space in your garden for it, and all gardens benefit from a tree … Continued

A Christmas Season Treat

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Every Thursday during November and December we’ll be open for late night shopping until 8pm, serving complementary home made mulled wine to our customers.  From 12th November we’ll also be offering a very special festive evening menu for discerning diners … Continued

The Pot Plot

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Gardeners may all dream of having acres to landscape in the style of Capability Brown, or a large town garden to give the Chelsea show garden treatment to, but for most of us that’s all it is – a dream. … Continued

The Cafe is Open

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So now you can enjoy a wonderful cup of artisan roasted coffee whilst you ponder your purchases, or sample a freshly prepared snack or homemade cake at our new Cafe in Lay of the Land.    

Christmas Shop 2014

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Our 2014 Christmas shop is now open offering lots of decorations, lights, artificial tree’s and all sorts of giftware for your favourite gardener. Our beautiful Christmas trees are on order and will arrive on the 28th of November and as … Continued

Autumn Beckons

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Cooler days, chilly nights and trees dressed in their russet, orange and fiery red shortly to depart leaves all herald the end of summer and the coming of winter. Autumn, traditionally, was the time to plant. This was largely due … Continued

Too much information?

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I haven’t personally counted them, but over 400,000 species of plant exist in the world, which are known by somewhere around 1.5 million scientific names. At Lay of the Land we regularly get asked for plants which are native to … Continued

Spring is in the air!

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Isn’t it brilliant when you feel the first warm rays of sunshine occasionally, even in February!  Even better when the sun is falling on a little clump of snowdrops reflecting the light back at you from their cheerful little nodding … Continued

Happy New Year

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After all the hype, preparation, hard work and celebrating there it is – gone again.  Bye, bye Christmas! We had a good one, and hope that all our customers, friends and acquaintances did too? Back to the grindstone tomorrow, as … Continued

Frosty Competition Winner

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With sincere apologies for not announcing Christmas Eve, as intended, I have pleasure in announcing the winner of our children’s “Whatever happened to Frosty” competition.  We thoroughly enjoyed reading the entries, all of which showed highly fertile imaginations.  According to the … Continued

Top 3 Autumn Jobs

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Don’t take my word for it though – visit the RHS website if you don’t believe me! Treat your lawn to an autumn feed.  Don’t just use what you had left from spring though.  It’s different stuff.  This time of … Continued

Feed the birds!

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It kind of seems like it should have been an alright year for our feathered friends, eh?  Lots of rain, meaning lots of growth, meaning lots of insects for the birds to feed on?  Well, in fact, many of our … Continued

Summer, eh?

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Well, what a wash out summer has been so far.  By all accounts it’s the worst gardening “season” in 30 years!  What a year to open a garden centre then!  Well, actually it’s not been a bad year to start.  … Continued

Thank You!!

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Nearly half past eight, and as usual just getting back home.  What a relief – people are actually coming down to the Garden Centre to see us!  Thank you all so very, very much!!  Thank you also to the lady … Continued

We Made It!

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Lay of the Land – Settle’s “pocket” garden centre is up and running and open for business – ish! After a huge amount of effort from all the family we finally said ok, we better stop saying “not yet” a couple of … Continued

Who stole winter?

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Ouch!  January and February already been and gone, and not a blog entry in sight.  I could make up some excuses for that, been to Australia to see my sister, or had operation on my wrist which made typing uncomfortable … Continued

Winter

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Winter has arrived in a blizzard of sleet, hail and snow this week, and whilst it doesn’t make gardening impossible it certainly makes it a little less pleasant.  So, time to put some more focus on the garden centre, and … Continued

On feeling inspired.

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Everyone needs a little inspiration from time to time.  This last couple of weeks have been as wet, cold and miserable as any since I started my new venture, and I certainly needed some. How nice then to hear today … Continued

Autumn Jobs

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Another busy week behind me.  This week I’ve been doing a lot of autumn tidying for customers: Cutting back perennial plants Autumn weed and feed on lawns Raking up the dead leaves which drop in endless waves at this time … Continued

Hello world!

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This site is currently under construction, but I’m not as good with IT as I am with gardens, so please be patient with me! If you want to contact me you can do so in one of the following ways:- … Continued