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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Christmas Trees Sold Out

By Helen, 18/12/2012 2:13 pm

Last  Christmas tree sold this morning, but orders being taken for 2013!   For anyone stuck for last minute presents we have National Garden Gift Vouchers, or for seasonal indoor display, Hyacinths, Paperwhites and Cyclamen.   We have a range of Camellias looking good and nicely budded which would make great presents for the gardener or for the kitchen garden a selection of soft fruit favourites.   Unique hand made gift stained and fused glass by Helen Fonnereau  is also available.   We will be closed early afternoon on Christmas Eve till 2nd December.   May we also take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a Very Merry Christmas!

Fused Glass Stars

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Cove Garden Nursery Festive Fair

By Helen, 10/12/2012 12:38 pm

Many thanks to all the stall holders at yesterdays festive fair for helping us add something extra for our customers.  The weather was kind to us and not too cold and the atmosphere was enlivened by the music of Wurlygig.   Next fair will be Easter Sunday, hopefully bigger and better!

Crafters Setting up their Stalls at Cove Garden Nursery

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Christmas Trees Arrive at Cove

By Paul, 28/11/2012 8:57 pm

We have taken delivery of the first Christmas trees of the festive season on the day that we celebrated 3 years since our arrival at Cove Garden Nursery.  As with previous years the quality is extremely high. There are sizes from 4ft up to 12ft on this first delivey and we have both Nordman non-drop and traditional Norway Spruce. We can even arange for it to be delievred locally if you are unable fit it in your car. All thats left now is to come along and choose your tree and get the decorations down from the loft.

Non-Drop Nordman

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Cove Festive Fair!

By Helen, 19/11/2012 10:28 am

We will be holding our Festive Fair on Sunday 9th December 2012.  Its a great time to shop for some hand made presents and pick up your freshly cut Christmas Tree at the same time.  We will also be serving Mulled Wine and Mince Pies to warm you up!  Some pitches are still available so send us an email for details…

Cove Garden Nursery Festive Fair Sunday 9th December 2012

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Sarah Ravens Seeds

By Helen, 02/11/2012 2:46 pm

Just a reminder that we are now stocking seeds selected by Sarah Raven to create your perfect bee and butterfly garden.  Her recent BBC TV programme ‘Bees, Butterflies and Blooms’ highlights the decline in pollinating insects and her campaign to encourage more bee and butterfly friendly gardens and we at Cove Garden Nursery are right behind her!

Sarah Ravens Seeds

A varied selection of beautiful blooms are available to be sown all year round,  including some wild flowers such as Yellow Rattle which has been much requested this year.

Sarah Ravens Seeds will compliment our extensive range of Kings Seeds  so we are bound to have something to tempt all gardeners!

Yellow Rattle

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New Bees & Butterflies Flower Seed Range

By Paul, 31/10/2012 10:17 am

Butterfly & Verbena

New stock has arrived this week. This range of seeds has been specially selected by Sarah Raven whose BBC programs on gardening for bees and butterflies have attracted a huge amount of interest. The idea of this range is to enable the creation of beautiful gardens that will attract and feed pollinating insects throughout the season. After this summer these insects could doo with all the help they can get so here’s a chance to help them and have a beautiful garden too!

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Winter Bedding 5 packs for £10

By Helen, 21/10/2012 7:42 pm

Pansies and violas are a great way of cheering up a winter garden, and at 5 packs for £10 they are a cheap way of packing out your planters and baskets.  Underplant with bulbs and you’ll have a display that will last you till warmer weather returns!

Tricolour Pansy

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