1st prize winners at the Mid Devon Show

By Helen, 26/07/2010 9:32 am

1st prize winners at the Mid Devon Show!  We are very proud to say the Flower and Garden Marquee won first prize for its category and we didn’t know it was being judged till the day!   Seeing as it was our first time there we are really encouraged and happy that our hard work paid off.  Joolz and Woody worked like troopers throughout Friday and Saturday to help make the stand look awesome.

Joolz made the willow arch behind the back of the stand and of course the beautiful willow peacock with my glass feathers.  Unfortunately she couldn’t be there on the day but  Woody was a star assistant on the stand and also bravely gave a Willow demonstration to a captive audience!  I should mention his willow Heron and Imp were part of our display too.  The plants looked amazing although they never thought we would never get them all on the table!  We would like to congratulate our fellow exhibitors, Tiverton Garden Club, Bampton Flower Arrangers and the florists Mayflower of Tiverton who had a lovely stand of flower arrangements, and all the others who were there.  A special mention goes to Mary Tucker who with her organizing skills brought us all together and deserved to receive the cup.  We met lots of great people this weekend…So heres to the next show but not till next year!

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Cove at Mid Devon Show at Hartnoll Farm, Tiverton on 24th July

By Helen, 22/07/2010 8:09 am

Yes we are having a stand in the Plants and Garden Marquee and the theme is Grassland and Meadows so we have interpreted it as  Magic Meadow!  We will be sharing with Wicked Willows and have combined our efforts to bring all our creative skills into one place.  Joolz from Wicked Willows has made a beautiful willow peacock and I have made the ‘eye’ of the feathers out of glass and I have to say it looks stunning, no photos to show yet, you’ll have to come and see it!  As well as that Woody from Wicked Willows will be with me on the day working on a willow hare and showing us his weaving skills.  I haven’t yet mentioned the plants,  Paul has been working hard on putting together a display that best reflects the theme and has chosen a selection of grasses, hostas, penstemon, heucheras amongst others, a little taster in the accompanying photo.  So if you are coming to the Mid Devon Show come and say hello, mention the blog and you will receive a voucher for 10% discount off plants at Cove Garden Nursery!   Hope to see you can’t wait!

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Flaming June at Cove

By Helen, 20/06/2010 4:35 pm
Summer is really here, we are watering twice daily to make our thirsty plants look nice and healthy for you, potting up in temperatures of 32 degrees in the polytunnel and generally getting a nice healthy Devon tan, make the most of it I say!  The baskets we did for the lovely folks of Bampton and Dulverton have gone out and are looking good out so we are feeling very proud of them and I will be posting photos of them as soon as I can get out there to do so.
If you are still after basket plants we have some left  on offer of 10 for £10 and we have made some ready to go as well as some pots for instant easy colour.  If like me you are disillusioned by the efforts of our nations football team or just can’t be bothered with the World Cup come on in and chose some plants for the summer garden instead of shouting at the TV!  If you are looking forward to Wimbledon and enjoy a glass of Pimms while watching we have concocted our special Pimms hanging basket which has strawberries, cucumber and mint,  all the ingredients you need for a perfect Pimms wit out the alcohol!
Finally if you are making the most of the dry weather and are getting out the barbeque we are stocking Bulworthy Project Charcoal from Rackinford, its local handmade charcoal and it will be the best barbeque you ever had.  The last barbeque we did was when we had friends staying over, while chatting to one of the young sons he suddenly said ‘sheep’ I explained how there were sheep in the fields next to us, turned around to where he was looking to find these three strays munching at our plants!  So we had much fun trying to herd them out of our garden but it would have been nice to keep them if they ate the weeds!
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Springwatch at Cove

By Helen, 09/06/2010 11:11 pm

Anyone following Springwatch on the beeb would have seen all sorts of antics from the birds and the bees on their telly.  Well can tell you we have our own set of swallows nesting in the barn and was really excited to see a ‘banded demoselle’  dancing around my workshop window today (didn’t know what it was till we saw it on springwatch!) absolutely beautiful with irredescent blue wings, lovely to see.  We’ve had the ducklings who have been and gone (probably RIP) but our very secretive moorhens have had chicks and we saw a lovely fluffy black chick last week, they have gone into cover within the iris and bull rush that has taken over the pond so they may have a good chance.  Every now and then hear a ‘cheep’ so they must be there still..

On the plant front…bedding season is really with us..and after a really busy Bank Holiday we haven’t much left;  but we do have some  beautiful fuchsias, million bells, surfinas and more to make your baskets and tubs look fantastic.  We have on offer 10 for £10 s0 thats about right 5 plants for 2 baskets!  Have planted some ready made to go  also (took me ages to decide what to go in) so if you can’t be bothered you can pick up some baskets all done and ready!

And finally still having problems uploading pics so can’t illustrate this blog but as soon as we get it sorted will have loads for you!

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Springtime at Cove!

By Helen, 19/05/2010 6:51 pm

We are currently having difficult uploading photos onto here at the moment so you will have to use your imagination while I describe whats been going on at Cove Garden Nursery recently….!

The warmer weather has really got the plants (and weeds) growing and we are fairly optimistic that we have almost seen the end of the frosts!  We would still advise caution with the tender plants and maybe have some fleece handy just in case!

In preparation for the summer we have been potting up a whole selection of basket and patio plants in readiness for your hanging baskets.  We have all the traditional favourites; fuchsias, geraniums and busy lizzies to mention a few,  our greenhouse is beginning to look very colourful after the endless winter!  We can also make up baskets to order and look after for them for you tell they are ready to go out, particularly handy if you are going on holiday.  If you prefer to create your own we have a selection of baskets, troughs and also have some rather nice  oak whiskey barrels (without the whiskey!).

If like others you have found that not only has the frost killed off your plants but the rabbits and deer have had a go at them too we have just received a product called ‘Grazers’.  This product is sprayed onto your plants and is proven effective against damage from the bunnies!  It is completely harmless to pets and has been used successfully used by farmers and growers.  We will be trying it on our own garden soon but if you would like more information have a look on www.grazers.co.uk .

We knew Spring had arrived when after weeks of finding abandoned eggs in random places we were rewarded one morning with our first batch of ducklings!  They are such a joy to watch and can be a bit elusive but if you come to see us you may spot them.  We have also been very lucky to have the Greater Spotted Woodpecker visiting our feeder regularly and we will be posting photos as soon as possible.

Finally the Tea Tent has been open weekends for cream tea and cakes and as the weather is warming up for the weekend we also have a small selection of ice creams from Langage Farm to tempt you!   (www.langagefarm.com) Yum!

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Spring at Last!

By Helen, 25/04/2010 7:25 pm

We have been enjoying a very fine few weeks here at Cove and have been really busy which is great but have neglected our blogging duties!  So whats new is we are now stocking Vital Earth compost (www.thegreenergardener.com) its Organic, Peat Fee and Recycled, so that pretty much covers all green credentials.  The Tub and Basket compost also came top in the Gardening Which? magazine recently so its highly recommended.

We are also getting ready for basket and tubs with geraniums, fuschias, busy lizzies and more,  but as recent days have shown we are still in danger of frosts so not quite ready to put them out yet.  We also have more veg plants in and more to come for those who like to grow their own.

In the craft shop Jacqueline Leighton Boyce bought in a couple of her beautiful pots to sell.  Too delicate to put your tea in but a lovely piece of art to enjoy!  Image to follow as we are having trouble uploading but come and see them for your selves!

Talking of tea we have been keeping the tent up while its still standing and in one piece and serving tea and cake at the weekends.  I will also be putting on my pinny to serve teas for the Bank Holiday Monday.

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Easter Weekend!

By Helen, 01/04/2010 3:25 pm

Well we have been preparing for this Easter Weekend by putting up a tea tent on the lawn.   We have ordered in scones and cakes, Westons clotted cream and a beautiful sunny weekend.  Unfortunately we will probably only be able to deliver on some  of those orders as the forcast is set to be wet and windy!  I am sure that there will be some blue skys between the showers but a Devon Cream Tea can be savoured whatever the weather and there is room in the tent to shelter!  We will be open 10 till 4 Easter Sunday.

Tea Tent

Tea Tent

Festive Bunting!

Festive Bunting!

Ever wondered what happened to all those missing socks that you knew were a pair when they went in the washing machine but one always vanishes?   Well these little fellows appeared on our doorstep yesterday looking for a home!  These little ‘Sock Buddies’ have been rescued courtesy of ‘eckel and noo’ who are Torbay based crafters.  Each have there own little personalities and you can come along and adopt one of them from us and give them a loving home.
Please look after me!

Please look after me!

                              
We need a good home!

We need a good home!

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Devon Fairies and Gargoyles at Cove

By Helen, 23/03/2010 2:11 pm
Deep in thought!

Deep in thought!

Knock Knock!
Knock Knock!

Devon piskies and fairies, you don’t want to get on the wrong side of them so we now have ‘Fairy Doors’ from Nicky Chapman of  Goblin Dreams on sale.  Think of them like a cat flap but for fairies and easier to install!  Let the fairies in and you are sure to have good luck!

For those who want something a bit bigger for the garden we have a small selection of Devon made statues.  Big dogs, little cherubs and scary gargoyles, sure there is something for everyone.  I particularly like this big fella, he looks how we all feel sometimes!

 

Its currently raining but we have had a good run of fine weather which is bringing out the bulbs.  We are waiting for it all to explode into colour just in time for Easter.  We have lots planned for the long weekend, we will have a Tea Tent on the lawn serving simple Devon Cream Teas and our own savoury Cove version.  (Not a Hot Cross Bun in sight for those who have been eating them since New Year  when they went on sale in the shops!)  Wicked Willows will be here on Easter Saturday working on something wonderful (probably not an Easter bunnie!) and we will be open on Easter Sunday 10 till 4.   Will keep you updated!

Spring at Cove

Spring at Cove

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Going potty again!

By Helen, 15/03/2010 9:56 am

We have just taken delivery of pots from Pot Porrium who travelled from East Anglia and made a wonderful display for us.  We are the only stockists in the South West so you are sure to find something different.

Pots

 

We are also adding to our plant stock on a weekly basis so now have climbers such as clematis and wisteria and favourites such as rhododendron and azaleas.  For those who are still waiting for the bulbs to come out we have daffs, crocus and primroses to name a few to add a bit of instant colour. 

We now have our new road signs up so anyone who doesn’t know we are here has no excuse now! 

Sign!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we are lucky to have on sale a selection of beautiful and original hand made tiles by Exmoor based ceramicist Jacqueline Leighton Boyce.  Our photos don’t do the work justice but they feature an iridescent glaze which sparkles in the sunlight!  Inspired by nature each is carefully observed and delicately executed.   If you are after a unique piece of art and reasonably priced then come and see us!

tiles

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Spring around the corner?

By Helen, 06/03/2010 4:06 pm

primrosesWell the last few days have been Spring like here in Cove and we have all been feeling very positive!  Nothing like the sun to get you out into the garden, and discover what has survived the frost and beginning to shoot up.  If you need a bit of instant colour and can’t wait we have some lovely primroses in an array or colours!  We also have a selection of iris and crocus as seen in the photos below.

 

iris 

 

We are also now selling lovely ceramic hearts made by Devon artist Nicky Harland who presses  fresh flowers into the clay to make a print.  Very pretty and ideal for Mothers Day!

 

ceramic heart

I have recently finished a private commission with the brief of  ’do whatever you like’ so I designed this simple piece inspired by the rolling hills of Devon I can see from my window which I had been thinking of recreating in glass for a while.  I actually used all lead instead of copper foil this time seeing as it is quite big, something I haven’t done for a while. If anyone would like something similar get in touch!!

 

Devon Hills

And finally if anyone has been wondering about Jack Cat here he is fully exploring his territory at last now he is able to go outside.  He is proving to be a very useful member of staff as he has already caught 3 mice (possibly blind!).

 

Jack in the tunnel

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