In many ways 2013 has been a very good year. After a long cold spring we finally had a summer to remember. Our native spring flowering plants benefited from an extended flowering period. For the first time in two years there was an abundance of butterflies. Many of our fruiting trees and shrubs produced a bumper crop. We even had memorable fungi filled Autumn
Thank you to those who entered our Twelve Days of Christmas competition where we invited you to create your own version of the famous Christmas Carol. We had some really fun entries and people got into the Christmas gardening spirit, so much so it was difficult to chose a winner. Continue reading
The cream berries of Sorbus cashmiriana
as autumn approaches
It's not just trees that can provide a colourful spectacle through these colder autumn months; there are many shrubs and hedges that create marvel and drama in the autumn garden.
As the nights draw in it is easy to become downhearted at the thought of the winter to come. But as the weather cools a miraculous transformation is beginning. Hedges and shrubs are slowly making their preparations for dormancy by stopping the flow of fluids in to their leaves.
This means that the green chlorophyll that usually masks out any other pigments present is diminished. The result is the phenomenon known as autumn colour.
Over the last week or so, primary and middle schools in Somerset and Dorset have been busy planting new trees donated by Ashridge Nurseries. In total, over 2,500 new trees will be planted!
Our ‘Plant a tree, make air for free’ project was inspired by the national Jubilee Tree Planting challenge, which aims to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with the planting of millions of new trees across the UK.
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