Category Archives: Horticulture

Snowdrop Season

This year I have been lucky enough to witness a spectacular snowdrop season, I’m quite sad it’s nearly over! I’ve seen fantastic specimens at Ashridge, the arboretum has been full of wild snowdrops dotted amongst the trees and carpeting the woodland floor in massive clumps. I love having a wander round there after work and seeing …

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Plant of the Week – Chlorophytum comosum

This week’s plant profile is about a common houseplant, the spider plant. It was the very first plant I propagated when I was about four years old, I remember getting so excited when I saw my babies starting to grow! I still get the same thrill now whenever seeds I’ve sown germinate or cuttings I’ve …

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Plant of the Week – Galanthus nivalis

This week’s plant highlight is the common snowdrop, for me the sign of snowdrops flowering marks the end of winter – spring is just around the corner! There are hundreds of snowdrops in the arboretum at Ashridge, I have to watch where I’m walking to make sure I don’t tread on them! I hope you enjoy …

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Ashridge Update

Life at Ashridge has been busy as usual since the beginning of 2014, last month went by like a flash – no January blues for me! Me in the Dry Garden Aerial shots of the Dry Garden There’s a common misconception about gardening that the winter months are the dull, slow time of season when …

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Plant of the Week – Cedrus libani

This week’s plant profile is about one of my favourite trees, the Cedar of Lebanon. It was the first tree I became fascinated with after seeing them on a nature programme when I was ten or younger. At Ashridge I’m surrounded by them and am re-discovering my love and awe for these beautiful, majestic beings …

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Plant of the Week – Iris unguicularis

The first plant profile of 2014 is about the winter iris. I chose this plant because there are a few scattered around the Dry Garden area of Ashridge which is where I have been working this week. It gives such a bright injection of colour at a usually grey time of year, I hope you …

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Plant of the Week – Picea abies

The last plant profile for December has to be the ultimate Christmas related plant – the Christmas tree! There are several popular types of trees that are used at Christmas but I chose the Norway spruce because it is the closest to my roots – see what I did there?! I hope you enjoy the …

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Plant of the Week – Euphorbia pulcherrima

This week’s plant profile focuses on the popular poinsettia – I’m sure we all have one at home! I hope you enjoy the read. 🙂 Genus: Euphorbia Species: pulcherrima Family: Euphorbiaceae Common name: Poinsettia Translation: The Latin euphorbia was named after Euphorbus, physician to King Juba II of Mauretania. Pulcherrima is Latin again, meaning “most …

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Plant of the Week – Viscum album

The second plant profile in the Christmas series focuses on my festive favourite – mistletoe! I hope you find it interesting. 🙂 Genus: Viscum Species: album Family: Santalaceae Common name: Mistletoe Translation: Viscum is the Latin name for mistletoe, the album part means “white” which is a reference to the berries it produces. Type of …

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Last Touch of Autumn

Here is a collection of photos from the past few weeks at Ashridge, I can’t believe December is here already! A few trees are still hanging onto the last touches of autumn, it feels like winter is creeping ever closer though. I hope you enjoy the shots! 🙂 Trees in the arboretum at Ashridge Ashridge …

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