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The Emperor Returns to the Exe Valley!

By Helen, 10/11/2010 7:35 pm

Some people may be aware of  ‘The Emperor’  the beautiful Exmoor Red Stag and the largest land mammal in the U.K  who may or may not still be alive. It is certainly a story that has captured a lot of debate…   Well  the Emperor is alive and returned to the Exe Valley  in this beautiful willow sculpture created by Woody Fox.   Woody is part of Wicked Willows here at Cove Garden Nursery and they can create anything from this beautiful stag for a large space, a smaller willow sculpture for your back garden or living willow and shelters for anywhere!   They will be running a special Festive Workshop for children on December the 11th making lanterns to beat the Winter gloom!  There are 2 sessions lasting 2 hours and its £10 per child including materials.  If you would like to know more give us a ring for details Joolz 07969554052 or  01398 331946

The Emperor at Cove

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Autumn at Cove

By Paul, 04/11/2010 9:33 pm

It’s been a while since our last blog….   Over the last couple of weeks we have been busy taking the first of our autumn deliveries as well as attending Bampton Fair.  New in are the latest stock of seeds from Kings, as ever these represent excellent value for money. 

For those you love the scent of a Rose we have just potted our selection of Climbers, HT, floribunda and English shrub roses.  We have tried to select those we consider to have reasonable disease resis tance, repeat flowering and scent. 

This long autumn is a perfect time to plant Bulbs and we still have plenty to prepare your garden for a blaze of colour this coming spring!!  Top of the bargins are 7.5Kg Daffodils for only £8.49 perfect if you want to make a show.

Spotted Woodpecker at Cove

We’ve already had several frosts here at Cove and this has meant that the birds are feeding like crazy building up reserves in case this winter is in any way as harsh as last years.  We have in stock a good range of Wild bird care feeds and products so the wild birds won’t go hungry this winter.

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Land Rover Coffee Morning at Cove

By Helen, 29/09/2010 9:46 pm

On Sat 2nd Oct between 10 and 2 we will be hosting a coffee morning raising money for Project Mobility.   They are  a locally based  charity supporting troops rehabilitation and providing fully accessible vehicles for off roading, green laning, confidence building and international expeditions.  Check out  www.projectmobility4x4.org for more details.  The coffee has been provided by Land Rover (yes they make coffee too!) in support of Project Mobility  and this will be our last time in the tea tent before it gets packed away for the winter.  So come along and make a difference!

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Devon Hawk Walks

By Helen, 21/09/2010 9:32 pm

Lady Macbeth For those who may have missed North Devon Hawk Walks this August, Nigel and Lady Macbeth will be back with us for the last two Thursdays in September 12 till 3.  (Weather permitting)  As we seem to be enjoying a bit of an Indian Summer why not pop in and get up close with this beautiful Harris Hawk before we all go into hibernation!

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Powered by Zoo Poo!

By Helen, 08/09/2010 11:21 am

Giant Marrow!This giant marrow weighing one stone has been bought in by one of our customers!   Grown with Zoo Poo we are not sure if its a record breaker but it can certainly feed a lot of people.  For anyone who has been wondering how effective the Paignton Poo is  here is proof!  So next year if you are planning to grow a record breaking vegetable make sure you feed your soil with some Zoo Poo and feel satisfied in the knowledge that you are also supporting Paignton Zoos conservation efforts!   Check  www.ecosci.co.uk for more info.

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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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Alpine Colour, New Perennials & Much More…..

By Paul, 02/03/2010 11:02 pm

New this week is a bulbsrange of Dartmoor grown Alpines including some pot grown spring bulbs. These would add a bit of colour to rockeries, containers or well drained borders. With the sun shining this week, these hardy plants would definitely enhance gardens awakening from a long cold winter rest.

Also new this week we have a selection of perennials, many in 9cm pots so they’re not going to break the bank and offer great value for preparing colorful borders for sun or shade.   These include for sun Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’ with its golden ‘daisies’  a must for late summer displays, Aubretia – a must for sunny spots where it can be allowed to flow over walls or to soften the edge of paths, Euphorbia a. Purpurea offers strong evergreen (or should that be ever purple) foliage contrasts well with golden plants. Spring gems Native Primroses & Cowslips have also arrived. These nursery grown plants have buds or flowers for instant appeal.

For shade we now have leathery evergreen Bergenia ‘Rotblum’ also with reddish-pink flowers good for under-planting around shrubs and under trees. Alchemilla mollis better known as ‘Ladies Mantle’ makes a mound of grey-green ruffled foliage with lime green flowers to complete the picture. The Geranium phaeum ‘Album’ is a strong growing variety that does well under trees and in shadier parts of the garden.

As well as the new intake of ready to buy plants, we have started potting some of our own stock.  The first was a batch of  Hostas including favourites such as ‘Sum & Substance’  & ‘Francis Williams’.  These should be ready for sale this summer. 

Just arrived today are the first of the Zonal Geraniums as rooted cuttings, once potted these will form part of our range of patio and basket plants for coming season.

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Trees, Fruit & Roses

By Paul, 07/02/2010 9:48 pm

Everything you need for Valentines? Well maybe, but we have just had another delivery of stock. This time it included a great selection of ornamental & fruiting trees, soft fruit & roses. If you were planning on buying roses for valentines why buy only a dozen when you could buy the whole bush! We have a great selection of popular varieties of climbers, bush, patio roses and a selection of David Austin English Shrub Roses. We also have some superb standard roses including varieties such as ‘Champagne Moment’, ’Simply the Best’ & ‘ Tickled Pink’ would make great gifts.  

We now have a good selection of fruit trees. Old favourites such as Cox’s & Bramley’s Apples, pears,  cherrys, apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines and quinces are among the selections.  The trees we’ve had in are 2 year old stock and should stat to produce fruit soon (possibly a small crop this year!)  Soft fruit includes Currants (Black, Red & White), Gooseberries, Raspberries, Rhubarb and the “super fruit” Blueberries. 

If you’re looking for an ornamental tree we now have a selection to suit gardens large and small. For larger gardens we have spectacular trees such as Acer ‘Crimson King’. For the smaller garden we have gems such as Malus ‘Royal Beauty’.

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Merry Christmas

By Paul, 25/12/2009 1:57 pm

We would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!!  We have sold all the christmas trees and are now looking forward to an exciting new year!!! Work has already started on the refurbishment of the craft studio. So expect great improvemnets there. It’s a cold frosty Christmas Day here in Cove with a beautiful clear blue sky. We’ll be open again for business on the 2nd of January looking forward to the New Year!Ilex Madame BriotEryingium Seed Heads

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New Crafts and Mr Fox escaped…

By Helen, 11/12/2009 8:02 pm
Brooches from Lucys Designs

Brooches from Lucys Designs

Received these  fantastic brooches from Lucys Designs today,  she makes beautiful bags out of hand made felt and am hoping to stock them next year when we make the craft shop less dusty and cold!  But in the meantime these funky brooches are cheerful and totally individual they would make great stocking fillers! 

Following from the last blog think that fantastic Mr Woody Fox must have jumped out of his mosaic because we were honoured and suprised by a fox poking his nose at our patio door yesterday for breakfast, extremely beautiful creature and so exciting for the children!

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