Good stuff for your garden for January...

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.

However, whatever the weather, now’s the time to list, plan for, buy and plant the trees, shrubs and other plants that will make you proud of your garden in spring, summer and autumn this year and for many more to come. What a fantastic time of year!  

Time for Bulbs in the Green

If you missed the autumn bulb planting season, all is not lost. You can order snowdrops, aconites and bluebells "in the green" to be planted from February and April. 

They establish incredibly well but you need to plant as soon as possible after they arrive. So this month is a good time to prepare their planting sites. We also sell out quickly, so order now to avoid disappointment.

Time for that Hedge...

January really kicks off the second (and busier) half of the planting season. Starting from now, the next three months are absolutely prime bareroot hedge planting time.

Bare root plants are bigger, better, cheaper and easier to plant! And even newly planted they can provide some screening - see the picture.

So whether you’re planning a formal garden hedge, a country hedge, one suitable for horses, the coast or thorny and colourful ones, now is the time to put your order in.

Julian's Top Tip -
Winter Wash

We get the odd bit of cold weather, but as winters get warmer pests that overwinter or that lay eggs in autumn are having an easy time of it.

Where you cut down and remove plant material, this is not really an issue but, with woody subjects, a warm winter equals a pest problem next summer. 

A simple solution (no pun intended) is to use Winter Wash. Not just on fruit trees, but on anything else that is woody - from Azaleas to Roses to Wisteria. It is a natural product and it works. As with all sprays, please follow the instructions.

Time for Roses

Plant bareroot roses from now until March, unless the ground is frozen. They’re grade A quality, have a wider root spread compared to roses in a container and are great value for money. You can choose from over 300 varieties. David Austin roses are always popular as well as climbers, hedging roses, hybrid and shrub roses. The whole list is stuffed with Royal Horticultural Society AGM prize-winners which you can be sure are good choices.

Or how about Starlight Symphony (pictured)? Rose of the year and the best white rose to appear for many years. Give it to yourself, your garden or your Valentine...

Tree Time

Trees make an impact like no other plant, enhancing a garden of almost any size. They provide colour, structure, shade and a wonderful resource for wildlife. Think about what will work best in your garden and remember trees do grow! From magnificent beech trees, the nation’s favourite chestnut trees, to stunning cherries and crabapples - choose a tree to uplift your garden, your year and your soul.

We will be lifting trees later this month - so order now to ensure yours is delivered as fresh as it is possible for a bareroot tree to be.


Christmas Thank You's

Gift certificates made great Christmas presents last month, but they are also the best way of saying "thank you for having me", "sorry I missed you" and "get well soon".

And since gardeners like to choose their own plants, a gift certificate from Ashridge Nurseries is just perfect.

(Nearly) Time for Sweet Peas...

Breathe a sigh of relief as there is no need to do anything yet. You won't get or plant root-trainer grown sweet pea seedlings until March. However, do keep an eye out for our "Sweet Pea" email which will be landing in your inbox later this month. We promise it will be worth waiting for.

The best Sweet Peas are autumn sown in root-trainers. They develop their roots all winter which means you get stronger plants that carry more, and better/bigger, flowers when compared with spring germinated plants. If you can, prepare their bed inn the next month of so. Loads of well rotted compost and a good support in a sunny position are the three principal requirements.

January jobs

Well, the weather outside... is a bit like a Tupperware box... but there is still plenty to do in the garden and almost all the jobs that matter will help you lose that little bit extra around the waist that appeared as if by magic over the last few weeks! Here is a list of just a few little jobs...

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