The Ashridge Nurseries Blog

  • March Gardens to See

    All around the country gardens are whisking off the dust covers, getting out the china and throwing open their gates to a new season of garden visitors. Nothing cheers you up after a grey winter as  much as a cheery display of daffs and spring shrubs in far greater numbers...
  • Chatterpie

    Magpie Spring starts this year on 20th March - that is the date of the Vernal Equinox. There is another calendar, and another date, but I prefer the astronomical calendar because it follows the natural movements of our Earth around the Sun. The other calendar, the meteorological calendar, has the...
  • The Best Rhubarb Mille Feuille - Recipe

      Mille Feuille made with fresh young rhubarb This is a recipe that works wonderfully well with tender fresh rhubarb such as Stockbridge Arrow (which you can cut from February onwards) and it helps use up all those frozen strawberries you have left over from last summer before the ones...
  • Bee Blog – February 2015

    There is constant debate as to when the beekeeping year begins and when it ends. Some say that it starts after the honey harvest when you are preparing your bees for the cooler months ahead, but I find that terribly pessimistic, as we harvest the main crop of honey in...
  • Apple and Almond Cake

    Seasonal Christmassy cake for when you are already full... Ingredients 150g Brown Self Raising Flour 50g Ground Almond 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder 225g Golden Caster Sugar 2 Eggs ½ teaspoon Almond Extract 150g Melted Butter 350g Cooking Apples, peeled, cored and diced into chunky pieces 25g Flaked Almonds Instructions...
  • The Threes Cs - and yes, one is for Christmas

    At this time of year so full of cheer, rather than linger on the 3 Ds (relevant and on the rise at Christmas time but hardly the stuff of a Yuletide (b)log …sorry…) one can take a single step back to find the 3 Cs lurking and provoking thoughts for gardeners...
  • December Bee Blog

    Throughout November it was hard to believe that we were going into the coldest part of the year, because temperatures were still in the mid teens. That’s good then! Well, actually it’s not. There is, or should be, a natural order to the seasons of the year and when things...
  • Winter 2014/15 - Photo Competition

    Our Winter 2014 photo competition is open for entries!

    Winter is coming and autumn colours become richer. It is a late autumn and the hedgerows still have leaf and berry (and even flowers). But we may get snow, and surely frost. Birds will be coming closer to human dwellings hunting through hedging looking for food and water as will badgers, foxes, squirrels not to mention Heffalumps and Woozles...

    Water looks great at this time of year and black and white photography comes into its own as we get closer to Christmas. Oh - did someone mention c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s ? A whole bunch of photo opportunities there.

    So our Winter photo competition aims to capture all of the above – the themes this time are:

    "A Spirit of Christmas..." or "A Winter's Tale"

    The closing date for entries is midnight on Valentine's Day, 14th February 2015. The three winners will be contacted via email by 20th February.

    There's nearly £200 in vouchers up for grabs so give it a shot!
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  • Apple and Celeriac Salad with Walnuts

      Celeriac and Apple Salad with Walnuts Serves 4 Ingredients: ½ a Celeriac, peeled and cut into matchsticks-on a mandolin, if you have one 3 Apples, using a variety of red and green, cut into match sticks on your mandolin 2 tablespoons of Chopped Parsley ¼ Red Onion, very finely...
  • Of Peregrine Falcons and other top predators

    It’s well into Autumn, but the sun is out and I’m in a t-shirt and feeling hot. In every direction I look I see nothing but open grassland intersected bordered with native hedging. Only the distant sound of sporadic machine gun fire detracts from the ageless landscape. I seem to have...

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