It seems while I was away for Easter the whole of Ashridge came alive! In just a week the gardens have come on in leaps and bounds, the difference is staggering – it’s like the plants were waiting for me to leave before they had a growth spurt!
Ashridge House and Chapel
The Main Lawn
All of the trees have started to leaf up with that vivid, spring green. It’s especially noticeable on the acer and beech trees, when the sun is shining it looks as if the leaves are glowing.
Acer trees in the Lazell Garden
Lime Tree Walk (tilia)
The rhododendrons and azaleas have come into flower, every time you turn a corner you get hit in the face with a blaze of colour.
The tulip mania on the Terrace a few weeks ago has transferred to the Monks’ Garden. When we came up with the winter bedding plan we didn’t intentionally decide to have it as a patriotic theme but who cares – I personally love the red, white and blue combination!
The Monks’ Garden
My border isn’t looking too shabby either, the phlox and bellis are going crazy, as is the wisteria behind it. It’s going to look stunning when the racemes of flowers are cascading down the wall, as well as smell divine.
Orangery Border (aka my border!)
The jasmine in the Fernery is blooming like there’s no tomorrow, I can’t get over how incredible the scent is. You can smell it through the doors of the Fernery even when they’re shut, that’s how strong the aroma is!
Jasmine in the Fernery
The myosotis is fully out in the Fernery Garden, the pink of the forget-me-nots matches the surrounding rhododendrons perfectly. Nature always gets it right!
The Fernery Garden
The Dry Garden is awash with wild garlic, another pungent smell which intoxicates anyone who walks past. There are some gorgeous little tulips in flower too which I love – they’re so dainty!
The Dry Garden
The highlight at Ashridge at the moment for me is the bluebells. The arboretum is covered with them, it’s a carpet of blue. I bent down to ground level to get a shot of them and their scent hit me instantly – talk about getting high on flowers!
Bluebells in the Arboretum
It’s only going to look better and better as the weeks go by, the best thing of all is you can see this for yourself! Ashridge is now open to the public at weekends and Bank holidays from 2pm – 6pm. Please click here to go to their website if you’d like more information. What are you waiting for?!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this batch of photos, there’ll be plenty more coming soon! 🙂