Ashridge Life

Life at Ashridge has been crazy as ever, just as one job is finished another one needs starting. If only those damn plants would stop growing for five minutes!!

View of the Main Lawn and Rhododendrons

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Last month was spent tidying all the areas in the garden nearest Ashridge House, such as the Italian Garden, Flower Garden, Herb Gardens and Monks’ Garden.

Italian Garden

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Flower Garden

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Iris bed

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Lupin bed

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Big Herb Garden

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Beech House, next to the big Herb Garden

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Small Herb Garden

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There are weddings being held here pretty much every weekend until the end of August and as the brides and grooms have their wedding photos taken around the garden we have been ensuring everywhere is in pristine condition.

Monks’ Garden, from above

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Me and another colleague also started the ominous task of re-planting the Dry Garden. Back in winter the whole team spent a good month blitzing it, giving it a thorough weed and removing most of the plants which had self-seeded.

The Dry Garden, before weeding and planting. . .

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My boss said it would be a good project for me and my colleague, Charlotte, to get our teeth into so we did! We came up with a list of plants to replace the ones that had been removed, a mixture of more colourful perennials and grasses.

We then designed a planting plan, dividing the Dry Garden into smaller areas so it wouldn’t be quite as daunting to plant. We’ve been pretty productive and have been busy weeding and planting two areas. Slowly but surely we’re getting there!

. . .and after!

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My border has gone rampant since the weather warmed up, everything has been growing like there’s no tomorrow. The delphiniums, foxgloves and geraniums are flowering at the moment, it looked and smelt heavenly when the Wisteria was blooming on the wall behind it.

My border

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Wisteria

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Beautiful bedding

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The next job to do will be to remove the winter bedding and plant it up with whatever is leftover of the summer bedding. No rest for the wicked!

My border again

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June is the start of the bedding changeover, last week was spent planting up the Terrace with the summer bedding. The weather was on our side which meant we could get it done in three days.

I came up with the design for it back in December, it was so exciting seeing my ideas come together although a little scary too. If the colour scheme doesn’t work then everyone will know exactly who to blame!

The Terrace, in the middle of planting. . .

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I chose red and violet geraniums as the stars of the show, mixed with blue salvias. The smaller beds have a purple Cordyline in the middle of them with yellow tagetes filling in the rest of the space. You’ll need sunglasses when everything is in full flower!

The hardest part was measuring out X and V shapes onto the beds, planting it up was a doddle in comparison – not easy on my back however!

. . . and after!

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The glasshouse is looking bare compared to what it was like a few weeks ago. One bench has been emptied of bedding plants thanks to the Terrace being completed, half of the hanging baskets have now been put outside too. It’s like the plants have grown little legs and scarpered overnight!

The glasshouse, full of plants

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Hanging baskets

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Some close-ups!

Petunias

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Tagetes ‘Gem Mix’

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Auricula

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Ipomoea ‘Electric Mix’

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Begonia ‘Glowing Embers’

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Fuchsia

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All the bedding will be planted out by the end of the month, then we can sit back and put our feet up. . . as if!! Until next time. πŸ˜‰

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16 thoughts on “Ashridge Life

    • Thank you! I hope so too, I’m waiting with eager anticipation for my designs to flower πŸ™‚ back and knee ache are the only downsides to working in horticulture, for sure. Mine feel like they belong to a 90 year old at the moment!! x

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  1. Lots of hardwork here Becky and all of it something to be proud of; gou have wowed me yet again! If you are ever out of work you are welcome to give our garden a “Beckarooney Makeover”! Watch your back Alan Titchmarsh!! πŸ˜„ xx

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    • It is! That’s what I love about my job the most, each day is never the same because something new will have grown or changed since the day before. It’s fantastic! Thank you for the read and comment πŸ™‚ x

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