March Newsletter
I know we’re British and complaining about the weather is obligatory regardless of whether it’s too hot, too cold or too anything else, but a joke’s a joke. February’s wet, wild and windy weather was little short of unforgivable, although the alliteration has just made it almost worthwhile!

It hasn’t, therefore, been ideal planting weather (more to the point it’s been appalling), but with better meteo on the horizon after storm Jorge, there’s still time to get your bare-rooted plants in. As the RHS (all bow) advises, ‘Planting is best done between October and April. Avoid planting in waterlogged (water sitting on the soil surface or pooled in the bottom of the hole) or frozen soil (too hard to get the spade in). So March is fine - fret not.

Our new Head Nurseryman is well and truly part of the team now and has been busy pinching out sweet peas to produce lovely bushy plants, potting on dahlia tubers and planning new varieties of annual cut flowers for the garden. 

We’ve been avidly plant hunting and sourced some top-quality plants at exceptional prices for this year. Andy’s been a busy bee in the polytunnel to ensure our loyal customers have the best of the best, so do keep an eye on our website for more information.

We’re seriously excited about our divine dahlias. They’re fun, funky and fabulous for late summer colour. Buy your tubers now, cuttings will be available by April and they’ll be available as garden-ready plants in bud for May.
Have a look at our dahlia tubers Infographic...
Dahlia Tubers Infographic
Have a look at our video 'how to look after your dahlia tubers'...
Dahlia Tubers
Sweet peas
Without wanting to confuse the salad eaters, our sweet peas really are little gems. Autumn-sown and root-trainer grown, they’re properly hardy and flower earlier than spring-sown plants. Deliveries start this month so do order before we run out.
Such a cheerful sight on a soggy winter day, Midwinter Fire dogwood loves wet ground and brightens the dullest spot with its gloriously coloured winter bark. And talking of barks and dogwoods, here’s a pic of the Marketing Director’s dog in front of his cornus….(his idea not mine!).
Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring…

Although planting’s been delayed due to the dismal weather and it’s definitely worth waiting to plant delicate plants, the planting season’s now stretching well into April.

Our cold store is keeping bare-rooted plants drowsy but raring to go, and as the soil will retain its moisture for a good while and starts to warm, so your plants will be off to a roaring start once in the ground. Think hedging, fruit trees, garden trees and roses
Ordering lavender for happy bees and happy people. We’d be hard pushed to decide which is our favourite - Hidcote, Munstead, Rosea or Alba. Our solution? Have them all. It’s like having your cake and eating it without the calories.
Mother's Day
Sunday 22nd March. There’s plenty of time to order the best Mother’s Day present ever. Corny name, but how about a Mum in a Million rose or a pair of elegant bay trees? Do it now and reap the benefits for years!
Arm yourself with wellies, sou’westers and waterproofs and brave the elements to get ahead of the game.
  • Cut back native hedging
  • Prune and feed roses
  • Plant new climbers
  • Plant sweet peas (beware frosts)
  • Wage war on weeds
  • Mulch bare soil
  • Reseed bare patches in the lawn
  • Protect young plants from slugs
Click here for more joyous March jobs.

Sweet peas, how do I love thee?

Let me count the ways…

Well, for a start the scent is hands-down THE BEST. There’s no competition - as far as I’m concerned - for the rich, intoxicating perfume of sweet peas in full flower, warmed by the sun. Caught on a summer breeze it’s enough to make...

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Hedges and trees

Hedges and trees are a huge part of the British countryside. Hedges and trees are an essential part of the UK ecosystem. Hedging is a conduit for wildlife, providing shelter and food, used for stock proofing and shelter for livestock or creating rooms or privacy in private gardens. While trees offer another dimension to the natural habitat that support wildlife in abundance...

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Ashridge Nurseries Cold Store

Our cold storage facility allows us to prolong the dormant season of our bare root hedging plants and trees. It keeps the quality of our bare root plants to a high standard, inducing and maintaining dormancy in mild winters, such as the one we have had this year...

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We deliver more than 2,500 varieties of plants direct to your door – garden and fruit trees, bulbs, climbers, roses, lavender, soft fruit, flowers, herbs and accessories. Have a look online and leave the rest to us – we look forward to hearing from you, and in the meantime enjoy your garden and (hopefully!) some lovely weather.  
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