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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All Fired Up! Exhibition of Glass at Redearth Gallery 26 Oct – 4 Nov 2012

By Helen, 17/10/2012 8:49 pm

All Fired Up is an exhibition of kiln-formed glass by nine Devon Artists at Redearth Gallery, Bickleigh Mill, Tiverton  26 Oct  to 4 Nov.  (redearth-art.com)    The group came together as a result of attending kiln-formed workshops by Anne Smyth at her Devon Studio (www.annesmyth.com) and despite working in the same medium the end results are all very different in their creativity.  This is the first time that they have exhibited together so the work reflects the different personalities in the group and the versatility of the medium!

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Onions, Garlic & Shallots for Autumn Planting

By Paul, 06/10/2012 7:31 pm

For those keen on growing something to fill the space in the Vegetable garden this Autumn we have Japanese Onion variety Senshyu yellow in stock (sold loose so you can pick out the best & you don’t have to buy more than you need). This is a reliable variety that will be ready to harvest a few weeks a head of most spring planted varieties. For the garlic enthusiast we have 2 varieties perfect for the UK climate. These are ‘Lautrec Wight’ a hardnecked variety with smooth flavour & Iberian Wight a softneck variety with full flavour. Shallots are growing in popularity and the “Banana” variety ‘Jermor is particularly good with excellent flavour and good yields when planted in Autumn.

Shallot 'Jermor'

Hardneck Garlic 'Lautrec Wight'

Onion 'Senshyu Yellow'

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Devon Open Studios 2012

By Helen, 15/09/2012 9:48 am

Artists all over Devon are opening their doors this weekend for the annual Devon Open Studios.  Its the ideal opportunity to see arts and crafts in action and to meet the creative minds!  Here in the Exe Valley there are many venues to visit including:  www.heatherbellbarlow.com who paints beautiful landscapes, www.southsidestudio.co.uk for abstract prints and paintings by Sue Wyllie, who is based at the Redearth Gallery, www.redearth-art.com,  Heather Irvine, www.irvinearts.co.uk who creates wildlife and equestrian art, you can also even visit the well loved illustrator Dame Babette Cole, www.babette-cole.com, to name but a few!   So there is something for everyone,  you can pick up the Devon Open Studios in local libarys or check online www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk.  Come and support your local artist and maybe do some early Christmas shopping, remember, good work doesn’t come cheap and cheap work doesn’t come good!  If you are interested in the work of the Exe Valley Artists or you are an artist in the area come and check out the Facebook page for up to date news, just look for Exe Valley Artists.

Mr Fox by Helen Fonnereau

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Autumn Colour Inspirations

By Paul, 14/09/2012 10:05 am

Autumn is upon us but do not despair as their is plenty of hardy colour to be found to brighten up those crisp Autumn days. Favourites include a wide range of colourful Pansies & Violas. Friolina trailing Violas have been the stars of Winter Hanging Baskets. Hardy Garden ‘Mums’ giving bold colours well into the autumn (and should return to flower again next year). Aida dwarf Wallflowers that not only flower in Spring as with other Wallflowers but have an early flush of colour in Autumn! All of these can be combined with Spring flowering Bulbs to provide brightness in the long Winter months.

Bright colours of Garden Mums

The Many Faces of Pansies

Trailing Friolina Violas

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Hanging Basket Success!

By Paul, 10/09/2012 10:51 pm

Summer hanging baskets have had a difficult time this year due to the bad weather. Petunias especially have required constant dead heading. The high rainfall has leached out nutrients more quickly than usual, requiring the addition of extra feed. Why bother with all this effort you might ask? Well, we received photos from Seddons of Dulverton yestarday that I think prove this effort all to be worth while. These two baskets were, of course, planted up by us here at Cove and collected at the end of May (note the Red, White & Blue  theme).  I think you’ll agree they look superb & we can all (as gardeners) take heart that despite the adverse weather it is possible to produce fabulous results!

Superb Hanging Baskets!

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