Category: wildlife

SEASONAL BUZZ ….. PLANTS FOR POLLINATORS

By Paul, 28/07/2013 9:48 am

Just back from the Mid-Devon Show, below is the list of plants from the display. All available now from our Nursery!

Spring

Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’

Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin Giant’

Cotoneaster ‘Hybridus Pendulus’

Digitalis purperia ‘Foxy’

Erica vagans

Erica x darleyensis ‘Mary Helen’

Lamium maculatum ‘Beacon Silver’

Pieris japonica ‘Carnival’

Summer

Achillia Millefoilum ‘Red Velvet’

Agapanthus

Agastache ‘Black Adder’

Buddlia Buzz ‘Ivory’

Buddlia Davidii ‘Black Knight’

Buddlia Davidii ‘Pink Delight’

Cirsium rivulare ‘Trevors Blue Wonder’

Clematis ‘Burma Star’ ‘Piilu’ ‘Prince Charles’ ‘Mrs N Thompson’

Crocosmia ‘Solfatare’

Ecinacea ‘Tomato Soup’

Eryngium ‘Blue Hobbit’

Gaura ‘Lindheimeri Pink’

Geranium‘Rozanne’

Hellenium ‘Double Trouble’

Heuchara ‘Paris’

Hosta ‘Ginko Craig’

Hydrangea aspera ‘Sargentiana‘

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Sundae Fraise’

Hyssopus officinalis ‘Blue’

Lavandula ‘Coconut Ice’ & ‘Hidcote’

Ligularia ‘The Rocket’

Lobelia ‘Blue Waterfall’

Lonicera symilis var. Delavayi

Lysimachia punctata ‘Alexander’

Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’

Nepeta cataria ‘Catnip’

Origanum

Penstemon ‘Huskers Red’

Phlox paniculata ‘Grenadine Dream’

Polymonium ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Primula capitata subsp. ‘Mooreana’

Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’

Rudbeckia ‘Little Gold Star’

Scabiousa ‘Vivid Violet’

Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’ & ‘Iceberg’

Thymus ‘Bressingham Pink’ & ‘Wooly’

Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’

Verbena officianalis Grandiflora

Autumn

Elaeagnus x ebbingei ‘Limelight’

Fatsia japonica ‘Spiderweb’

Hedara helix ‘Sagittifolia’

Helianthus x laetiflorus ‘Lemon Queen’

Caluna  vulgaris

Winter

Helleborus

Mahonia japonica Bealei

Sarcaccoca hokeriana ‘Digyna’

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Mid Devon Show 2013

By Helen, 25/07/2013 8:55 pm

We are busy getting ready for the Mid Devon Show this Saturday,  come and find us in the Flower Marquee!  This year we are creating a ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ stand showcasing some of the plants for all seasons  that the bees and butterflies love.  This beautiful peacock butterfly has perfectly illustrated this by settling in on this Cirsium rivulare ‘Trevors Blue Wonder’!   Come and see the whole stand and find out how to encourage those very important pollinators (VIPs!)  into your garden.

Peacock on Cirsium rivulare ‘Trevors Blue Wonder’

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Quality Bird Tables – Tested by Tom the Cat

By Paul, 18/03/2013 6:59 pm

Tom thinks he’s found the perfect place to keep an eye on goings on here at Cove. He’s found that can climb adjacent tables and cosy up sheltered from the rain while keeping an eye out from his vantage point. He’s obviously got an eye for quality! But don’t worry  the birds will be safe once placed away from things for cats to climb and they will then be able to take advantage of this vantage point to feed.

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Sledges – Product Tested

By Paul, 18/01/2013 11:31 am

Red Sledges are the Fastest!!!

Continuing our policy of only selling products we would use ourselves, we have now had the chance to test out our sledges with this mornings snow!! This batch of snow might not last long but there is more cold weather forecast so be prepared. We also have Snow Shovels and Rock Salt but the sledges are definitely more fun! Also don’t forget the birds. They will need feeding more than ever during this cold weather.

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New Bees & Butterflies Flower Seed Range

By Paul, 31/10/2012 10:17 am

Butterfly & Verbena

New stock has arrived this week. This range of seeds has been specially selected by Sarah Raven whose BBC programs on gardening for bees and butterflies have attracted a huge amount of interest. The idea of this range is to enable the creation of beautiful gardens that will attract and feed pollinating insects throughout the season. After this summer these insects could doo with all the help they can get so here’s a chance to help them and have a beautiful garden too!

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Colours of Spring

By Paul, 28/02/2012 11:41 am

At last we are getting some warmer weather and although it is far too early to say we are free of the winter entirely at least we can make a start.

There is plenty of colour coming on now with a few sunny days we have seen many of the spring bulbs burst open providing a reward for the busy bees and other pollinators looking to feast after the colder days earlier in February. With more warm weather forecast this is the time to do the all important preparation so as to make the most of those garden plots this Spring and Summer.

A sea of Crocus

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Bird Food Bargains!!!

By Paul, 14/01/2012 6:54 pm

12.75Kg Peanuts Now only £22, 12.75Kg Sunflower Hearts £23 and 12.75Kg No Mess Seed Mix £14.99 or 2 bags for £25! These offers are limited to our existing stock as prices are due to rise yet again so pick up a bargain while stocks last!

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Devon Open Studios

By Helen, 03/09/2011 9:58 am

Owl

Devon Open Studios runs for two weeks in September and is where you get to have a nose around artist studios and workshops all over the county!  There are hundreds of artists opening their doors and it really is worth having a look at all the creative talent out there.   We are always open here but please do come and have a look at the new work I have been making.  For details of artists exhibiting in your area check out www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk

Other news:  we now have spring flowering bulbs for planting up now.  Also as the summer blooms start to fade we now have autumn/winter bedding packs of cheery pansies and violas amongst others to brighten up a gloomy day!

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Bulbs & Wild Bird Care

By Paul, 19/08/2010 10:09 pm

With the weather becoming Autumnal already, it seem appropriate to mention our new stock of Spring Flowering Bulbs.  We have a good selection to provide colour in your garden from Christmas well into next Spring. We even have some beautiful Autumn Crocus that will soon be putting on their annual display. We have several varieties of daffodils loose so that you can pick and choose at the best prices. Some great bulbs for underplanting containers & winter baskets such as Tete a Tete  Narcissus, Crocus, Muscari and of course Tulips.  For the woodland garden we have some English grown Bluebells, Anemones, Narcissus and Snowdrops (among others). If  its scent your after then is has to be Hyacinths both for the house and the garden!

The wild bird feeding season is well under way with birds building up their reserves either to ge them through the winter or to make their annual migration.  Encouraging birds to feed in your garden has to be one of the most rewarding things. Not only do you get to see these beautiful creatures up close but many have an essential part to play in controling pest populations. 

We have good stocks of wild bird feed from seed, peanuts, fat snax, sunflower seed and thistle seed & suet feasts. We also have a selection of feeders, Nest boxes and accessories.

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Hawks at Cove Garden Nursery

By Helen, 05/08/2010 2:23 pm
Lady Macbeth

Come and meet the beautiful Harris Hawk,  Lady Macbeth at Cove Garden Nursery.  She will be here along with her owner Nigel every Thursday in August 12 till 3.  Nigel also does special Hawk Walks on Exmoor where you can take her out and experience falconry first hand.  Find out more at www.northdevonhawkwalks.co.uk or come and see her!  The tea tent will be open so you can have a cuppa too!

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