The Ashridge Nurseries Blog

  • Negative Equity - Reduce it (or Hedging your bets)

    One way of profiting this and every future housing boom is to plant hedging to make your home worth EVEN more than it is now. Pushy salesman and endless fliers sing the praises of roof insulation and double glazing as being good investments. It is not for me to say they...
  • How do you tell a Dogwood - and who cares?

    The Dogwood family has many members some of which grow on practically every continent on earth. They can range from entirely insignificant to stunning beautiful such as Cornus Midwinter Fire and from very small to decent sized trees. Telling a dogwood is easy (provided it is in leaf).  Look for...
  • Ways to save water - Part 1 (with thanks to Ian Drury)

    For the gardener concerned with newly planted ornamental trees, hedging, soft fruit, fruit trees, lavender and the like, the probability is that water will become increasingly scarce. The weather may feel wetter, but as we build more (and we do) the area of land covered by housing, roads and industrial estates...
  • Why are there so few trees in Europe?

    Did you know…. why there are (relatively) so few species of tree in Europe when compared to North America?  Why are there so few varieties of trees in Europe? Well - European mountains go the wrong way… during an ice age, when ice sheets spread southwards, if the mountain ranges...
  • Hedgerow Jelly Recipe

    This an excellent recipe which can be adapted to accommodate almost any mixed hedge (and its fruit).  Please remember to check that something is safe (if you are not sure) before cooking and eating it..... With the exception of Elderberries (you can buy Elder trees separately from us at Sambucus nigra), all...
  • Elderflower Cordial Recipe

    Homemade Elderflower Cordial Recipe   Late May - June is Elderflower time! Elderflower cordial in the shops is expensive and can be a bit sickly sweet. This homemade recipe makes great cordial and, with the use of Camden tablets your cordial will stay fresh for a long time. You can pick...

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