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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Spring at Last!

By Helen, 25/04/2010 7:25 pm

We have been enjoying a very fine few weeks here at Cove and have been really busy which is great but have neglected our blogging duties!  So whats new is we are now stocking Vital Earth compost (www.thegreenergardener.com) its Organic, Peat Fee and Recycled, so that pretty much covers all green credentials.  The Tub and Basket compost also came top in the Gardening Which? magazine recently so its highly recommended.

We are also getting ready for basket and tubs with geraniums, fuschias, busy lizzies and more,  but as recent days have shown we are still in danger of frosts so not quite ready to put them out yet.  We also have more veg plants in and more to come for those who like to grow their own.

In the craft shop Jacqueline Leighton Boyce bought in a couple of her beautiful pots to sell.  Too delicate to put your tea in but a lovely piece of art to enjoy!  Image to follow as we are having trouble uploading but come and see them for your selves!

Talking of tea we have been keeping the tent up while its still standing and in one piece and serving tea and cake at the weekends.  I will also be putting on my pinny to serve teas for the Bank Holiday Monday.

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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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Devon Fairies and Gargoyles at Cove

By Helen, 23/03/2010 2:11 pm
Deep in thought!

Deep in thought!

Knock Knock!
Knock Knock!

Devon piskies and fairies, you don’t want to get on the wrong side of them so we now have ‘Fairy Doors’ from Nicky Chapman of  Goblin Dreams on sale.  Think of them like a cat flap but for fairies and easier to install!  Let the fairies in and you are sure to have good luck!

For those who want something a bit bigger for the garden we have a small selection of Devon made statues.  Big dogs, little cherubs and scary gargoyles, sure there is something for everyone.  I particularly like this big fella, he looks how we all feel sometimes!

 

Its currently raining but we have had a good run of fine weather which is bringing out the bulbs.  We are waiting for it all to explode into colour just in time for Easter.  We have lots planned for the long weekend, we will have a Tea Tent on the lawn serving simple Devon Cream Teas and our own savoury Cove version.  (Not a Hot Cross Bun in sight for those who have been eating them since New Year  when they went on sale in the shops!)  Wicked Willows will be here on Easter Saturday working on something wonderful (probably not an Easter bunnie!) and we will be open on Easter Sunday 10 till 4.   Will keep you updated!

Spring at Cove

Spring at Cove

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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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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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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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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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