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Ashley Warren

Ashley Warren has lived and loved horticulture and agriculture all his life; he had his first greenhouse at the age of 10 and his first cow when he was 16. He started landscaping in 1984 mainly in Milton Keynes and then all over the country. He moved to Daventry Road Farmhouse in 1987 and has developed Bell Plantation Garden Centre in Towcester, Northants over the last 30 years.

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The First Day of Autumn

Monday the 23rd September was the first day of autumn. Most of the plants in my greenhouse are showing early signs of decomposition. With falling temperatures and reduced daylight their…
Ashley Warren
September 27, 2019
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Cold Frame

What a difference a couple of weeks makes at this time of year, once January closes and a week into February, the light at each end of the day noticeably…
Ashley Warren
February 14, 2019
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Warm Jobs Cold Jobs

In these times of uncertainty and high drama, everyone needs to be gardening to relax the mind and soothe the soul. That’s why I am never too stressed! While the…
Ashley Warren
January 17, 2019
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Happy New Year

We can all now look forward to increasing day length until the middle of June. With increasing daylight and warmth from the sun, plants will be encouraged to start their…
Ashley Warren
January 10, 2019
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Be Prepared

I know it’s hard to imagine at the moment with the weather so warm but we will soon be experiencing freezing conditions. With sub zero temperatures some plants will be…
Ashley Warren
December 6, 2018
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The First Frost

I am sure the frost Wednesday night will see off any remaining summer bedding hiding in sheltered locations. Organic matter in and on the soil will insulate plant roots from…
Ashley Warren
November 22, 2018
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Tree Geek No1

During my first trip to Kew Gardens in London, I was captivated by the history of the individual trees planted there. Quite timely – there is an English Oak growing…
Ashley Warren
November 15, 2018
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A Frosty Morning

What a wonderful morning, sub-zero temperature, frost, blue sky and sun shining, my favourite weather. Not so good for my Melianthus Major (Honey Bush) which is just about to flower,…
Ashley Warren
November 17, 2017
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Melon Recovery

I am pleased to say intensive daily feeding of my melon plants has resulted in much greener leaves and fruit setting on the plants. The very hot weather a couple…
Ashley Warren
June 29, 2017
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Boscobel Rose

I had the pleasure of attending the National Plant show at Stoneleigh yesterday. Just a quick visit to meet one or two new English suppliers. David Austin roses had an…
Ashley Warren
June 22, 2017
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An Indian Summer

I think its fair to say we are experiencing an Indian Summer, ‘a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather that sometimes occurs in autumn in the Northern Hemisphere’. Indian Summers…
Roni
October 1, 2016

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