Posts tagged: Cove Garden Nursery

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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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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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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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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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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Sunshine at Cove Garden Nursery

By Helen, 19/07/2012 7:00 pm

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.

Astilbes

Gazania

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!

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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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