Category: wildlife

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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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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Stained Glass Kingfisher

By Helen, 20/02/2010 9:10 am

Well its another snow day here in Devon so its time to sit in the warm and update the blog!  Have finally made a kingfisher, its really hard to recreate the amazing flash of blue but I think its worked quite well.  He is hanging in the shop window ready for someone to take him home and enjoy!

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Thinking of our feathered friends during this never ending winter we have just received a delivery of Gardman bird care and sundries.  We have a selection of feeders, seeds and nuts, everything you need to keep them happy.  We also have a selection of sundries to keep the gardener happy including some thermometer’s in case you want to know what the temperature is (freezing I would say!)

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More Valentines Gifts!

By Helen, 07/02/2010 5:06 pm
Blue Heart

Blue Heart

Valentines Day is only a week away so here are some new stained glass hearts for your loved one!  So this year instead of the usual roses and chocolates why not treat them to something that will last for ever!  (Maybe you should still buy the chocolates and perhaps some bubbly just in case?!)  We also have some handmade cards by Sunrise Cards to go with our expanding range of crafts.  These gifts would work equally well for Mothers Day which is 14th March.   Why don’t you suprise the important people in your lives with something unique instead of leaving it to the last minute and popping down the 24 hour garage!!

Nouveau Heart

Nouveau Heart

 

Purple Heart

Purple Heart

 

Have just also finished this latest commission which I thought I would share with you.  If you would like something similar come in and have a chat!  Anyone wondering what has happened to the kingfisher I have seen him daily and  have finally made him in stained glass.  Just waiting for some lead to arrive to frame him and will post it up for all to see and judge!

Commission Piece

Commission Piece

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Snow Day at Cove

By Helen, 06/01/2010 4:47 pm
moorhen in snow

Where's my food?

Well the snow that has been promised for ages finally arrived (about 2 weeks too late)  with a vengeance last night.  We measured 7 inches on the benches.  We have been shovelling it off the polytunnels to minimise damage but by the look of the forecast we may have to do it again.  Had to shovel it off the bird table too and am more concerned about running out of food for them!  Recent bird visits have been the kingfisher briefly and regularly see bull finches, nuthatch and also buzzards in the valley. 

It has been stunning in the snow and extremely peaceful, as I look out of the window at the birch trees I could imagine myself in Lapland.  Need a deer to come pose for the camera to make our next Christmas cards!  They have been shy of late but saw plenty of prints in the snow this morning.

but we're still open!!

but we're still open!!

We are currently refurbishing the craft studio but are actually open for business but none but the foolish would venture out in this!

Leat at Cove

Leat at Cove

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New Crafts Arrived Today

By Helen, 08/12/2009 8:29 pm

Took delivery of some of Hilary Butlers beautiful glass pendants just in time for Christmas.  Also some of her sea-glass and driftwood hangings which are completely unique so if you want a one off piece of art you know where to come!  Will take some photos to upload on here but examples of her work are already on this website.  Am just waiting for a sunny day to take some photos in the right light,  the weatherman says that sun is coming but I’ll believe that when I see its hardly stopped raining since we’ve got here!  Kingfisher alert saw him this morning, he is definitely inspiring me to make a piece of leaded glass for the craft shop!

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A Week In Devon

By Helen, 04/12/2009 10:33 pm

Its been a week since we packed up our whole house and life  in the flat fens to move down to the rolling hills of Devon.  Its certainly been a week of contrasts  from  mild drizzle setting the scene for our arrival then ending the week with sharp frosts.  Not only have we had to get used to being here but our car has suddenly got to cope with  driving up hills!   I  opened the curtains on out first morning here to see 3 deer munching at the hedgerow, pretty to look at but they better keep away from the nursery.  Have also spent several relaxing moments  watching the kingfisher with its dash of electric blue flit amongst the leat.  All very idyllic except for being woken up by extremely noisy owls tap dancing on our roof!  Who said the countryside was peaceful!  We still have a lot of unpacking to do but have managed to clear some space in the workshop to make some more glass Christmas decorations after selling a couple in the shop this week, just the incentive to get me creating.

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