Iris lazica

By Paul, 14/03/2013 10:45 am

This beautiful evergreen Iris has been flowering for us for a while with it’s blue flowers veined with white at the base of the falls. Best in full sun or partial shade flowers appear late winter through to early spring. It is closely related to Iris unguicularis, another evergreen winter flowerer and both thrive on poor soils and form large clumps that can be easily divided if they become too big.

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Wooden Log Planters

By Paul, 08/03/2013 8:19 pm

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.

Log Planters 3 sizes, Built to Last

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Pots for Spring

By Paul, 05/03/2013 9:16 pm

New additions of pots have just arrived in time for planting up with spring & summer flowering plants. They’d also make great presents for Mothersday! All of it is frost resistant and come in a variety of colours to suit your garden colour scheme.

Frost Resistant Terracotta

Terracotta Troughs

Blue Glazed Pots

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For the Love of Plants – A Valentine Message

By Paul, 12/02/2013 7:42 pm

“I hope that you will always Saxifraga ‘Love Me’,

You are my Camellia ‘Inspiration’,

My Helleborus ‘Double Queen’

And my Cherry ‘Sweetheart’.

I give you my Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’

And it comes with all my Dahlia ‘Lolo Love’,

You are my Dahlia ‘Pretty Woman‘

And this is Lilium ‘4You’.

I only have Rosa ‘Eyes for You’

You are Rosa ‘Simply the Best’!

Be my Pieris ‘Valley Valentine’.”

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Shepherds Hut Windows!

By Helen, 05/02/2013 4:34 pm

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:

Stained Glass Apples

Stained Glass Acorns Exterior Shepherds Hut

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Valentines Day Hearts

By Helen, 24/01/2013 11:11 am

Treat your loved one to something hand-made this Valentines with these fused glass Hearts made here at Cove Garden Nursery.  They are a lasting way to say how much you care for your loved one this year!  Reasonably priced at £5.00 each you can afford to splash out on an expensive Champagne supper as well!

Hand Made Fused Glass Hearts

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Sledges – Product Tested

By Paul, 18/01/2013 11:31 am

Red Sledges are the Fastest!!!

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.

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Winter Gems

By Paul, 17/01/2013 11:34 am

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.

Prunus 'Autumnalis Rosea'

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.

A stunning selection of H. 'Winter Jewels Cherry Blossom'

You can’t help but want to be in the garden in winter when surrounded by all these beautiful gems.

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Grow Your Own Potatoes

By Paul, 10/01/2013 12:27 am

Seed Potatoes varieties for 2013 have arrived and this season we have 22 varieties in total. Most of these we are able to offer loose so that once again customers can select only the number and sizes of potatoes they require.  It may seem early to some to buy you seed potatoes in January.  Buying early gives you the best choice as well as enabling the early chitting. Chitting can be done by laying the tubers with the “eyes” facing up in a tray (cardboard egg boxes are ideal). They should then be placed in a cool but frost free place with good light but out of direct sunlight. Under the staging in a greenhouse is ideal (make sure it remains frost free) or alternatively cool spare room can do the job. They should stay there until the  shoots reach about 2-3cm long (this takes between 6 & 8 weeks).  The traditional time for planting the tubers out in the garden is around Easter. Earlier plantings are possible in sheltered areas and under protection. Plant about 12cm deep in a well prepared bed. Alternatively Potato growing bags can be used if space is limited. Many of the varieties we have selected this season were chose for their disease and pest resistance, especially to Blight and Slugs, which caused so many problems last summer.  Varieties such as Accord, Orla, Romano, and Setanta offer good resistance to Blight. For flavour it is hard to beat Charlotte, Nicola or the slightly nutty, buttery flavour of Pink Fir Apple. Everyone has there favourite and anyone can grow a crop of there own home grown spuds.

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Merry Christmas 2012!

By Helen, 24/12/2012 9:48 am

Merry Christmas to all our friends and customers!   We will be closing at one today and open again 2nd Jan.  Thanks for all your support this year and we are looking forward to a hopefully drier and slug free 2013!

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