The Ashridge Nurseries Blog

  • 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, some of the tulips bulbs we have for sale 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...
  • Traditional or Exotic Tulips?

    Our tulips for sale come in a range of shapes, sizes colours and complexities while the Dutch tourist board tulip has a simple oval shape as best exemplified by Triumph or Single Early Tulips  - both of which have a large range of colours. The pared down flower creates a different...
  • Where can you plant your tulip bulbs?

    Everyone is familiar with tulips in pots, and many of the bulbs we sell are well suited for the purpose, but a prevailing wind will swiftly flatten any top-heavy parrot tulips, even with support, while low growing flowers will be lost to view in a pot at the end of...
  • What is the best time to plant Tulips?

    Many tulips in our range flower at different times; the really tough tulips like the dwarf Kaufmanniana and Greigii, see pink Heart's Delight and red and white striped Pinocchio, will break through the frosts of March to reveal charming open flowers. Most of the standard Dutch style tulips bloom in April...

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