The Egyptians used it in the embalming process; soaking the shrouds in lavender infusions helped to preserve the mummies. The Ancient Greeks used it as a remedy for a huge number of ailments, and they were the first people to discover its sedative attributes as a cure for insomnia.
The Romans praised it for its antiseptic qualities, and used it in bathing and washing clothes. And it has been used in battles as a dressing for wounds – in the First World War it was included in soldiers’ first aid kits. Continue reading →
The magnificent beech tree is quintessentially British – and not to mention elegant, flexible, award-winning, reliable, colourful…
Maybe surprisingly, beech is classed only as native to Southern England, and then only from as recently as 4000BC. Nevertheless, the beech is an important (and much loved) part of our ancient British woodlands.
Whether grown as a beech tree or beech hedging, it helps support a vast array of wildlife – from the bluebells that take advantage of that brief window of warmth and sunlight before the deciduous canopy opens, to the insects, birds and larger mammals that find food and set up home in their boughs and roots. Continue reading →
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to hedging plants – but by focusing on what you really need, you can make it all a bit easier…
The winter planting season is well under way, and one of the oldest forms of planting is hedging.
We give a few pointers below on what to consider when choosing a hedge for your garden, allotment, orchard, farmland – pretty much anywhere in fact.
And our friends at Hedgelink give 10 top tips for managing your hedgerow once it’s established.
Hedgelink is a partnership initiative from Natural England that brings together people and organisations with an interest in developing and conserving British hedges – and we certainly like the sound of that. Continue reading →
When the ground is frozen, please don’t plant your
bareroot trees, shrubs or hedges! They’ll be much
happier staying bare and dormant…
Most of the damage caused to bareroot plants in cold, freezing conditions is to the delicate roots themselves.
The roots are fine, fibrous structures with a high water content: moving them, or even the slightest touch whilst frozen, can cause damage.
Almost all of a shrub or a tree’s energy reserves are stored in the roots during winter. So broken roots mean that stored energy is lost, and this reduces the plant’s ability to establish. And poor establishment means poor growth in spring.
The bareroot season has now finished and wil resume in November. We will begin shipping orders for potted plants in the week of 16 Apr 2012
About Ashridge Trees
We are a mail order nursery, specialising in trees & shrubs. We deliver hedging plants, native trees, ornamentals, fruit plants & rose bushes, plus a range of garden products to care for your plants ... More info