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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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.
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.
You can’t help but want to be in the garden in winter when surrounded by all these beautiful gems.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Sun has finally come out since don’t know how long, probably the last time we blogged! Have been out and about around the nursery taking photos of whats looking good and enjoying the sunshine! Astilbes are particularly coming into there own and the moment and the Gazanias are also enjoying the sun. We are also really loving the Echinacea Hot Papaya.
We are currently preparing ourselves for the Mid Devon Show next Saturday 28th July, we will once again be in the Flower Marquee and fingers crossed this fine weather will stay!
Other news: We now have the very popular Vital Earth 4 for £10 Organic Garden Compost back in stock!