Sage Advice for Bees

Sage Advice for Bees

The genus salvia is one of the widest in the plant family with over 900 species worldwide, and one species or another is native across almost two thirds of the planet, including here in the UK.  Salvia are also known as sages, with common sage, Salvia officinalis, being probably the best well known species through culinary uses, albeit many people wouldn’t know it as a salvia at all.  However, it isn’t only native plants which are vital to the well being of our insect populations and the pollinators among them, and many garden worthy salvias imported in the past 100 years have multiple benefits for both gardeners and the creatures they share their gardens with. 
 
Salvias are aromatic, often long flowering, often brightly or unusually coloured, and usually attractive to pollinators.  They are diverse in habit, hardiness, form and leaf size, but they all share common traits.  As garden plants they are pretty unfussy – about the only thing they don’t like is excessive wet, especially in winter.  They are often easy to propagate, so even the tenderer ones can be overwintered with care.  They are often very striking, and they come in such an array of size and form that there will be one for almost every place in the garden.  They are good, for instance, as underplanting for shrub roses, as the aromatic nature of their leaves will deter aphids, and the shrubby types, such as ‘Hot Lips’, ‘Nachtvlinder’ or ‘Joy’, will form a dense undercover.  This has the benefit of preventing blackspot spores, which may have overwintered on decayed leaves on the surface of the soil, from splashing back up on to the foliage of the roses in heavy rain.  
 
Salvia make great pot plants, focal points, feature plants and the supporting cast; witness the great curled silver leaves of Salvia argentea, the statuesque ‘Amistad’, the long flowering and tough Caradonna.  They attract bees and other pollinators, and many have herbal or culinary uses too.  Plant some salvia in your garden – you won’t regret it!
July 10, 2021 — James Lay
We Are Hiring!

We Are Hiring!

Got an addiction to coffee and a passion for great food?

We are after an enthusiastic person to join our team on a part time basis. No experience is necessary, but a passion to serve our wonderful customers with great food and coffee is a must. On site training will be provided

March 21, 2021 — James Lay
tree-planting-essentials

Our Fledgling Orchard

Jimmie and I had a really good couple of days the other week, during a brief respite in the weather, planting some trees in our fledgling orchard.
February 06, 2021 — Andrew Lay
'The best time to plant a tree'

'The best time to plant a tree'

Someone famous once said “the best time to plant a tree is 100 years ago.  The second best time is now.”
January 29, 2021 — Andrew Lay
Cut Tree or Pot Grown?

Cut Tree or Pot Grown?

Cut tree or pot grown? Which should you choose?
 
The traditional Christmas tree choice has always been a cut tree, sliced off at the base and jammed in a stand for Christmas, only to face the tip come January, is their an alternative if you want a real tree? Yes, but it's not for everyone.
 
Here at Lay of the Land we have a large selection of 'pot grown' Christmas trees. Although more expensive than their cut brethren, they should survive happily through Christmas and for many years to come, provided they are looked after and re-potted as required.
November 29, 2020 — Peter Lay
Watering 101

Watering 101

Watering's about the most basic and essential part of gardening, particularly when pots are involved. Dad shares some thoughts.
August 08, 2020 — Peter Lay
Jimmie what’s taking you so long?!? (café update)

Jimmie what’s taking you so long?!? (café update)

Some people have been wondering why our café didn’t open at the beginning of July when the folk in no 10 gave the all-clear, or in the weeks following like many other café’s. Hopefully, you’ll be pleased to know, we will be opening the café, for takeaway only, from this Friday, 7th of August.

We thought it would be good to offer some insight into our thoughts, and explain why we’re not opening more fully.
August 05, 2020 — Peter Lay
Supporting Independents

Supporting Independents

Our café is still closed, but we just wanted to take a minute to put a word in for our fellow independent cafés & coffee shops, along with all the other independent hospitality, retail or service businesses that have been affected by the ongoing pandemic. This post is coffee biased, but the sentiment applies more widely
July 13, 2020 — Andrew Lay
Changing and Challenging Times

Changing and Challenging Times

Sitting here at my desk, in what would normally be the cafe, looking out through the rain streaked window at a sodden plant area being buffeted by unseasonably high winds, I finally get the time to reflect on everything that has changed this year.
June 29, 2020 — Andrew Lay
Our Covid-19 Plan

Our Covid-19 Plan

We will be open for limited browsing from Monday 18 th of May, by appointment only.

In the meantime we continue serving customers over the phone, email, Facebook, and soon on our website. We will continue to provide local delivery and contactless collection for the foreseeable future.

Why? On Monday the government very quietly announced that garden centres could open. We are concerned about how manageable this will be at the peak of the gardening season whilst maintaining everyone’s safety, but we are also keen to allow those who desperately want to get out, and browse our plants, to do so, and do so safely.

We encourage as many people as possible to use our home delivery and contactless collection services where possible.

May 12, 2020 — Andrew Lay