Category: Cove Garden Nursery News

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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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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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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Compost & Zoo Poo

By Paul, 04/02/2010 7:33 pm

 

We now have a range of composts including multi-purpose, gro-bags, ericaceous and manure in stock.zoopoo-pic

Large-Economy Multi-Purpose 3 for £10

Large-Economy Multi-Purpose 3 for £10

We also just received our first delivery of the very popular Zoo Poo. Made with manure collected at Paington Zoo.  This is a novel way of improving  your soil fertility. It’s can also be used in organic production and at £4.49 a bag it’s also great value so it is sure to stampede out of here! 

With more stock arriving next week our range of plants is ever increasing. We’re all hoping for an early Spring.

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Seed Potatoes, Onion Sets, Seeds and Summer Bulbs

By Paul, 26/01/2010 9:40 pm

New stock is now arriving thick and fast.  We’ve just received our delivery of seed potatoes including first & second early varieties and main-crop varieties. These include the blight resistant variety ‘Accord’, popular earlies ‘Rocket & ‘Foremost’, excellent salad varieties ‘Charlotte’, ‘Pink Fir Apple’ & ‘Nicola’, popular main-crops such as ‘Desiree’, ‘Cara’ & ‘Maris Piper’ (the best variety for chips). Despite the cold weather it’s not too early to start chitting your early potatoes in a cool but frost free position.  These now compliment our range of Onion & Shallot sets that arrived with our selection of Vegetable & Flower seeds from Kings seeds a few days ago. 

Also arrived today our order of Summer Flowering Bulbs & Tubers. We have selected an exciting range of Gladioli, Lilies, Dahlias, Begonias etc. available now for spring planting. Among these you will find the ever popular Dahlia ’Bishop of Llandaff, the bright red with gilt edged Gladioli ‘Baccara’, pure white and scented Regale Lily and the vibrantly coloured ’Frimbriata’ series of Begonias.  These are sure to bring a blaze of colour to patio planters & flower borders this summer.

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Valentines Gifts and going Potty!

By Helen, 23/01/2010 8:07 pm
My latest art project!

My latest art project!

Its been quiet here but that doesn’t mean we haven”t been busy.  We’ve had another skip delivered, this time a mega one because we filled the last in no time at all.  So I’ve been sorting pots..lots of them and as you can see I have been going a bit potty.  I had to take a photo and I kind of like it in a random sculptural way!  Paul has been busy along with our friend Mark refurbishing the craft shop.  Its been plastered and painted and is starting to look very fresh.  Just need to put carpet tiles down and we are done.  

 

 

 Which leads me on to Valentines Gifts have received some beautiful necklaces from KMD who makes very delicate and beautiful jewellery, a gift for any occasion (Mothers Day coming soon too!)  and UK handmade.

 

 

Treat your Loved One

Treat your Loved One

 

 

And finally by popular demand meet the newest member of the Cove team…my new lap top or should I say Jack Cat!  We adopted him from the Blue Cross before Christmas and he  is a very laid back cat considering all the guests we have had recently along with their dog!  He is still quite young and is only going outside in small doses but managed to get stuck up a tree today!  Luckily didn’t need to call the fire brigade, just Paul with a ladder!
Just updating the blog!

Just updating the blog!

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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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Winter Interest – New Stock Now In!

By Paul, 04/12/2009 9:43 pm

Now in stock are a ‘ hand picked’ selection of evergreen and winter interest shrubs. These include some rather choice selections including Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ whose highly scented, pale-pink flowers in February make this an exceptional choice for a sheltered well drained spot. We have a selection of  well budded Camellias in 3 litre pots that would make great gifts. Some striking evergreens including; Elaeagnus ‘Gilt Edge’, Pittosporum t. ‘Tandara Gold’ & ‘Silver Queen’ and Photinia ‘Red Robin’. A couple of deciduous shrubs worth mentioning are Lonicera fragrantissima, with sweetly scented creamy flowers in winter and Cornus alba Siberica, with bright red stems sure to brighten the gloomiest winters day and perfect for a damp spot!

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Fresh Devon Christmas Trees

By Paul, 02/12/2009 9:55 pm

We’ve just taken delivery of our Devon grown Christmas Trees and I must say the quality looks very good! The Nordmann non-drops look particularly good and as they have only just been cut they are going to last very well. With Christmas trees in short supply this year (according to the press) I wouldn’t leave it too late!

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Welcome to the new owners of Cove Garden Nursery

By Helen, 29/11/2009 6:51 pm
Welcome to the new owners of Cove Garden Nursery,  Paul and Helens blog.  Here you will find horticultural tips, seasonal offers and whats new in stock.  Arriving this week will be Devon grown christmas trees, non drop Nordman 4ft to 7ft and 5ft to 6ft Spruce, plus a selection of winter shrubs and perennials.  In the craft shop is a selection of hand made gifts.  Watch this space for any new stock coming in. If you have any special requests do feel free to drop us an email and we will do our best to help.

Moving in to Cove Garden Nursery

We would like to take this opportunity to thank John and Mike from Secret Seeds for helping us settle in and making us feel welcome,  we wish them all the best for the future.  We would also like to thank our removal men for bravely unloading the van in the persistant Devon rain!

We are really excited to be starting this new life in Devon and we look forward to meeting customers old and new!
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