The Ashridge Nurseries Blog

  • The Ashridge Nurseries customer promise

      Quality plants with expert advice Buying plants online can seem a little strange. You don't get to see the plants before they arrive, you can't get advice face-to-face, and what happens if your plants aren't up to scratch? Ashridge Nurseries has sold quality plants online since 2003. During that...
  • January Bee Blog

    For a long time I told people that from where I live to France, is only 150 miles in a straight line, and to be honest, that was a guess. To be sure, I resorted to Google Earth, and surprise surprise! It’s actually less than 100 miles to the nearest...
  • December Gardening Jobs

         Hedging This is a good month to re-evaluate the structure of your garden. Leaves should have fallen by now and borders can be tidied up so you can get a better perspective on how your garden looks without all the froth of flowers, seed heads and foliage. Look at dividing the...
  • November Bee Blog

    Bee Blog & tips November 2015 November is the first of the inactive months in beekeeping. It’s the bees that are inactive, or at least, less active. You should be beavering away in the shed, getting ready for next season. You should have lots of frames which need cleaning, and then there...
  • The aftermath of snow and frost

    Branches weighed down by snow Branches weighed down by snow

    Damage to trees and plants caused by snow and frost are part of nature's merry dance.

    It's pretty much always been that way, and although some years will thankfully be milder than others, the recent winter weather has been pretty harsh – especially for young trees, hedging and shrubs.

    Frost damage to young leaves, shoots, buds and roots

    Any part of a plant that hasn't had time to become hardy may have suffered from freeze and thaw. This will be most evident on last year's growth on evergreen plants.
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  • August Bee Blog

    Bees love Borage   In one way at least, beekeeping has to be one of the most pessimistic crafts in Christendom. We are already looking at the end of the beekeeping season and most beekeepers are taking honey from the hives around now. Sometimes there is a spring harvest around...
  • Gardens at their best in May

    Dorothy Clive Woodland Gardens in May Gardens are breaking into bloom all over the country and it's hard to pick just three, but Picton Castle in Pembrokeshire is bursting out into magnolias, azaleas and camellias, without mentioning Old Port, the ginormous rhododendron, the walled garden and the bluebell woods. The...
  • Summer 2015 Photo Competition: Spring into Summer

    Dahlia Kilburn Fiesta in July Dahlia Kilburn Fiesta in July

    The green and pleasant land around Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons

    Our summer 2015 photo competition is open for entries!

    As usual Spring has thrown a couple of curve balls this year. Lovely sunny days, unseasonably cold a night and unusually dry in April. But spring is springing now and summer is just round the corner... so it is time for another competition.

    A sure indicator that "zummer is icummin in.." (apart from cuckoos) is how green everything has suddenly become. A little later than usual maybe, but Britain has some of the most beautiful countryside anywhere when it it is growing.

    So, this is your inspiration for our summer photo competition:

    "Spring into Summer"

    Whether it's wide angle landscape work, a moody black and white or a macro shot of a dock beetle, or fruit trees in flower, let your creative juices be stimulated by the extraordinary transformation that takes place between May and July!

    The closing date for entries is midnight on 14th July August 2015. The three winners will be contacted via email by 1st August 2015.

    More than £100 in vouchers is up for grabs!
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  • Cuckoos

    The sound of a cuckoo calling on the edge of woodland or along hedgerows is truly the herald of springtime. So recognisable is this call that there can be few of us who are unfamiliar with it. As such, the call of the cuckoo, along with the bird itself, has...
  • Is it a Bulb? Is it a Corm? (...and what is the difference?)

    Why do gardeners love flowering bulbs so much? If you think of some of our favourite flowers through the seasons—snowdrops in winter, daffodils in spring, lilies in summer, the Christmas amaryllis and the now so trendy alliums — then bulbs are an integral part of our gardening culture. But what...

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