‘No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds - November!’ - Thomas Hood 1844
A very Happy New Year to you from everyone at Ashridge Nurseries. We hope that 2019 brings you a year of gardening pleasure - ideally without some of the more extreme weather we saw in 2018.
Snow up to a good few inches and frozen ground mean there is very little you can do in the garden. But do please remember our poor cold feathered friends – fresh water and bird food are both lifesavers to them during a chilly snap.
Spring is on its way - time to roll up those sleeves and get your hands dirty.
What a maverick March was – one minute cold and windy, the next we were wielding lawnmowers and waving watering-cans at thirsty pots.
It’s fabulous stuff, all that apple and cherry blossom, painting gardens and the countryside with outrageously pretty puffs of pink and white. This year the blossom has been outstanding and the good news is you don’t need to go to Japan to recreate the magic.
For a disproportionately massive impact given their tiny footprint, climbers are pretty hard to beat.
For elegance and practicality, bay trees are a clever addition to any garden whatever the size.
There’s almost nothing to beat the joy of picking raspberries warm from the sun, dolloping on the cream and tucking in…
Garden trees, ornamental trees, fruit trees - they’re the backbone of our landscape and our gardens, heritage for our children and a source of joy for us all!
Bulbs, Bulbs and more Bulbs - cyclamens, alliums, snowdrops and crocuses; daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and bluebells
November dark afternoons are upon us and the last vestiges of summer have well and truly disappeared, it’s time to plot and plan for next year’s garden.