Posts tagged: Bampton

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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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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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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Spring Bulbs For Autumn Planting

By Paul, 30/08/2012 1:41 pm

Spring Flowering Bulbs at Cove Garden Nursery

We have a selection of old favourites and unusual varieties of Spring Flowering Bulbs are now in stock. We have traditional garden variety Daffs and Crocus sold loose, as well as show stopping Tulips such as Paul Scherer ‘The Darkest Tulip’ and the unusual Tulip Ice Cream.

Tulip Paul Scherer

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Bampton Big Plant 2012

By Helen, 30/05/2012 6:57 am

Monday saw the people of Bampton coming together to plant up the public areas and hang the baskets.  It was a really busy afternoon and everyone got involved.  Am really looking forward to seeing the plants flourish and put Bampton back on the floral map.  Click on the link to Bamptons Web Site for pictures.  http://www.bampton.org.uk/bigplant.html

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Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ (Lungwort)

By Paul, 08/03/2012 8:48 am

PLANT OF THE MONTH – MARCH

Welcome to our new feature, we will endeavour to post a new plant from our range each month.

Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash'

Pulmonarias are a group of popular shade loving, woodland perennials. Leaves are hairy and often marked with silvery markings that sometimes join together to make silvery windows.  The variety ‘Raspberry Splash’ has rosy pink flowers on upright stems holding the flowers well above the attractively spotted, semi-evergreen foliage. Flowering can start as early as February and can last well into late spring.  They grow happily on most soils but dislike waterlogged. They will do best with plenty of humus in the soil so mulching annually with leaf mould or garden compost will help keep them healthy.  Adequate moisture in summer helps to prevent powdery mildew later in the season.  Aphids and slugs can sometimes affect plants but are rarely a major problem. Pulmonarias are very hardy and easily coped with the recent harsh winters.  An essential ground cover plant for difficult shady areas.

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Colours of Spring

By Paul, 28/02/2012 11:41 am

At last we are getting some warmer weather and although it is far too early to say we are free of the winter entirely at least we can make a start.

There is plenty of colour coming on now with a few sunny days we have seen many of the spring bulbs burst open providing a reward for the busy bees and other pollinators looking to feast after the colder days earlier in February. With more warm weather forecast this is the time to do the all important preparation so as to make the most of those garden plots this Spring and Summer.

A sea of Crocus

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1st prize winners at the Mid Devon Show

By Helen, 26/07/2010 9:32 am

1st prize winners at the Mid Devon Show!  We are very proud to say the Flower and Garden Marquee won first prize for its category and we didn’t know it was being judged till the day!   Seeing as it was our first time there we are really encouraged and happy that our hard work paid off.  Joolz and Woody worked like troopers throughout Friday and Saturday to help make the stand look awesome.

Joolz made the willow arch behind the back of the stand and of course the beautiful willow peacock with my glass feathers.  Unfortunately she couldn’t be there on the day but  Woody was a star assistant on the stand and also bravely gave a Willow demonstration to a captive audience!  I should mention his willow Heron and Imp were part of our display too.  The plants looked amazing although they never thought we would never get them all on the table!  We would like to congratulate our fellow exhibitors, Tiverton Garden Club, Bampton Flower Arrangers and the florists Mayflower of Tiverton who had a lovely stand of flower arrangements, and all the others who were there.  A special mention goes to Mary Tucker who with her organizing skills brought us all together and deserved to receive the cup.  We met lots of great people this weekend…So heres to the next show but not till next year!

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Flaming June at Cove

By Helen, 20/06/2010 4:35 pm
Summer is really here, we are watering twice daily to make our thirsty plants look nice and healthy for you, potting up in temperatures of 32 degrees in the polytunnel and generally getting a nice healthy Devon tan, make the most of it I say!  The baskets we did for the lovely folks of Bampton and Dulverton have gone out and are looking good out so we are feeling very proud of them and I will be posting photos of them as soon as I can get out there to do so.
If you are still after basket plants we have some left  on offer of 10 for £10 and we have made some ready to go as well as some pots for instant easy colour.  If like me you are disillusioned by the efforts of our nations football team or just can’t be bothered with the World Cup come on in and chose some plants for the summer garden instead of shouting at the TV!  If you are looking forward to Wimbledon and enjoy a glass of Pimms while watching we have concocted our special Pimms hanging basket which has strawberries, cucumber and mint,  all the ingredients you need for a perfect Pimms wit out the alcohol!
Finally if you are making the most of the dry weather and are getting out the barbeque we are stocking Bulworthy Project Charcoal from Rackinford, its local handmade charcoal and it will be the best barbeque you ever had.  The last barbeque we did was when we had friends staying over, while chatting to one of the young sons he suddenly said ‘sheep’ I explained how there were sheep in the fields next to us, turned around to where he was looking to find these three strays munching at our plants!  So we had much fun trying to herd them out of our garden but it would have been nice to keep them if they ate the weeds!
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