Remember, Remember, Bareroots in November...

Seasoned Ashridge followers will already know the advantages of buying bare root trees, hedges and plants - they are bigger, better, cheaper and easier to plant! And the season is here now so this is the time to take your cup of tea and spend a happy ten minutes putting in your order for goodies to plant before Christmas...

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Forewarned is fair warning...

Christmas is not quite upon us but if you look at half the magazines out there you could be forgiven for thinking it was tomorrow. So, here is a timely warning that the centre piece of Christmas - the tree (not the turkey) is something you can sort out now. As you would expect we only stock a super-duper type of premium Christmas tree, the Nordmann Fir...

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Playing Gooseberry can be fun

The breeders have been busy doing their thing with the humble gooseberry, the berries are larger and sweeter and the branches can be less thorny. Many varieties are now so naturally sweet when ripe that they can be eaten straight from the bush with no Tate and Lyle, Splenda or even Stevia in sight...

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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. As we have mentioned, it is bareroot season and so you have the opportunity to acquire all sorts of roses that are not available potted year round...

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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 afternoons. One shrub does stand out however, and that is the lovely Eve Price, a named variety of Viburnum tinus...

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A bit of a November nudge

In November, the right thing to do 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 in the main or kitchen garden. So here is a list of jobs....

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Final call for Spring Bulbs

This really is the final call for all those who want to get their bulbs in the ground for spring. We are all but sold out, but you can still plant through November, so help yourself to what we have left...

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