The Ashridge Nurseries Blog

  • Baying at the moon...

    Leaving the flowery lot to wax poetical about their roses and those super-full moon watchers to their nighttime vigils, the more Vorsprung Durch Technik of you may be pining after structure, clean lines, verticals and such like. The punctuation marks of this particular gardening grammar are shapely or evenly shaped...
  • David Austin Roses

    On that note, what started as a warm November has meant that my Simply Beautiful rose - a cheeky little Ashridge number for Valentine's day, tragically bought by me… for me - budded up again and despite recent frosts the flowers opened to greet the month. All of this incredible...
  • Christmas trees - last chance!

    It is the last chance saloon for those in denial about the imminent onset of Christmas. To save on traipsing around, children in tow and ice on the road, the answer to "Where do we get a lovely, non-droppy-needle, symmetrical Christmas tree?", is "Right here!". We have allocated most of...
  • All about Eve

    Apart from the lovely Clematis Cirrhosa ‘Freckles’, and Winter Jasmine there are few winter flowers to remind us that there will be an end to chilly temperatures and pitch black by five pm. One shrub does stand out however and that is the lovely Eve Price, a named variety of...
  • A bit of a November nudge

    Governments are fond of using the word 'nudging' in the context of 'nudging' you to do the 'right thing'. In November, clearly the right thing is to persevere outside while the soil is still workable to prepare the ground for your new cutting garden and for your gooseberry plants, whether...
  • Roses for the Cutting Garden

    I know that the subject of roses in their hedging and hip form came up in the last newsletter but arguably (and I may be on sticky ground here) every garden should have a rose or two in one of its incarnations. Even for those with a more modernist or...
  • Forewarned is fair warning...

    Christmas is not quite upon us but its promoters warm up earlier every year. So, if you looked at half the magazines out there you might think it was only a few days away. And of course, in a sense, it is. So, here is a timely reminder that the...
  • Playing Gooseberry can be fun

    Perhaps it was tinned gooseberries that put many off this delicious fruit? For some reason, people tend to rate most other soft fruits like raspberries, strawberries or blackcurrants above the gorgeous gooseberry. Have a rethink. The breeders have been doing their stuff so that the two main issues to which...
  • Plain or patterned tulips?

    Even with such a long, illustrious history, tulips can have a very minimalist up to date look. Use plain coloured tulips like White Dream or purple Negrita to achieve this. Lots of tulips are multi-coloured - Blueberry ripple, the ardent Burning Heart and the amazing Hemisphere which varies from solid...
  • Traditional or Exotic Tulips?

    The Dutch tourist board tulip has a simple oval shape as best exemplified in the Triumph and Single Early  - both of which have a large range of colours. The pared down flower creates a different look to the later, attention seeking tulips like the Black Parrot or Burgundy Lace...

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