We now have ready a large selection of summer flowering bedding plants just in time for the May Bank Holiday weekend. You’ll still have to keep an eye out for any late frosts, especially for tender options such as Begonias & Marigolds but there are still plenty of hardier options if you want to get started but live in a frost pocket. These include Alyssum, Antirrhinums, Mimulus, Cineraria Silver Dust & Stocks, all of which can stand a frost once hardened off. Even Petunias & Geraniums will tolerate light ground frosts once hardened off. If you are lucky enough to live in a milder spot or be able to offer plants a little additional protection with fleece or plant up containers undercover, then there is a wide range available. You don’t have to make elaborate bedding schemes like the ones you see in municipal parks, spectacular though they are, a few bright bedding plants in herbaceous & shrub borders can enliven these spots. We are optomistic that the weather will be better this summer than last year and what better way to make the most of your outdoor spaces that quick growing, colourful Bedding plants!
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We are making up customer orders for colourful summer baskets, pots and wall planters. This year we have an even greater selection of basket plants to chose from in almost any colour combination you can think of.
We can advise on planting for a particular aspect for example full sun or shade. We can make the baskets up and look after them for a few weeks until they have rooted in & the danger of frosts have past by the end of May. Then you can hang them up and (providing you care for them well) impress everyone with your beautiful colourful displays.
If you prefer to make up your own baskets them our wide selection of Tub & Basket plants are available now!
Our Easter Sunday Arts & Crafts Market went off without a hitch, even the weather improved for the day and there was plenty of sunshine on offer, even if it was a little chilly. The atmosphere was great with Musicians from Whirligig playing through the day and Pitmans Farm providing hot food in the form of a delicious Hog Roast. This was our third Easter Market and with a little help from the weather and a lot of help from the stallholders I think this was our best Easter Market Yet! Many thanks once again to all.
Cove Garden Nursery will once again be hosting our Easter Sunday Arts & Craft Market showcasing a whole range of local hand-made arts & crafts. Stalls include jewellery, fused and blown glass, pottery, textiles, wood craft, vintage china, ironmongery, cup-cakes and handmade chocolates, organic meat and more! Alongside our extensive plant range it’s a great way to spend an Easter Sunday finding inspiration for your home and garden, whilst supporting local craft businesses. Wicked Willows will be working on site and you can come and meet the willow dragon! Entry to the Craft Fair is FREE!
We now have a new range of Devon made Wooden Planters which I’m sure will be popular. Constructed from pressure treated timber and held together with corrosion resistant screws, these planters are built to last. The 3 rustic designs are perfect for the rural environment or could easily be stained or painted to match your existing colour scheme. We’ve mocked up some planting ideas so that they can be seen at their best, but pop into the Nursery and give them a closer inspection.
Have just been up onto Exmoor to the workshop of Dods of London to see my stained glass windows fitted into their wonderful shepherds huts. These bespoke huts are top quality hand crafted and tailored to your requirements. They make a great guest room or studio and can even come with little wood burners to keep you cosy and I want one! Find out more at: www.dodsoflondon.com
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.
While the weather has turned cooler a quick walk around the nursery reveals some winter gems. Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ is a mass of swollen buds beginning to burst into delicate soft white flowers with a pink tinge.
The sweet fragrance of Sarcococca (Christmas box) hangs in the chilly air. The rosey buds of Skimmia ‘Rubella’ are just about to open into clusters of scented white stars while the spidery florets of Hamamelis ‘Diane’ offers its soapy aroma. The jewel in the crown quite literally must be a variety of Hellebore which we are growing for the first time called Helleborus ‘Winter Jewels Cherry Blossom’. The majority of this carefully bred variety offer wonderfully large saucer shaped flowers of two tone rose & white Anemone centred flowers. A delightful double specimen was spotted with the same colours but fully double exotic looking flowers.
You can’t help but want to be in the garden in winter when surrounded by all these beautiful gems.