Category: Cove Garden Nursery News

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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Snowdrop in Summer!

By Helen, 15/08/2010 11:13 am

Well I’d like to say we are enjoying lovely long August  days dipping our toes into the water and drinking Pina Coladas but this being Devon and the school holidays, summer is doing what it normally does and its either raining or really windy here!  But we are not discouraged its still beautiful in Cove whatever the weather!  I hate to mention autumn but the leaves are definitely starting to change colour here,  so with that in mind if you are thinking of the new term ahead and are wondering whether to join a class at night school or learn a new skill I will be offering 1 to 1 tuition in copper foiling this autumn.  If you’ve fancied having a go I will show you how to cut glass and then assemble a panel or large sun catcher to take home with you.  Get in touch for a chat or email for details.

Talking of copper foiling I recently made a snowdrop for a shepherds hut.  The very nice people I made it for have sent me the images of it fitted in and it looks fantastic.  They are a company called ‘Dods of London’ and they will have a stand at the National Gardening Show at the Bath and West Showground in September if you want to have a look at it.   They restore shepherds huts and gypsy caravans to a very high standard and I want one!   Will link onto their site when its up and running but here is what they look like below!

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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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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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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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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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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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