Posts tagged: Cove Garden Nursery

Spring Blossom

By Paul, 15/03/2011 9:42 am

Pieris 'Valley Valentine'

Prunus 'Okame'

 

At last after the long winter things are starting to come back to life here at Cove. The first flowering cherries are out the daffodills are in full glory and shrubs such as this Pieris japonica ‘ Valley Valentine’ with its superb rosey red flowers definately catches the eye.

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Seed Potatoes Arrive!!

By Paul, 15/01/2011 1:20 pm
A selection of our seed potatoes

Seed Potatoes have now arrived and we have a good selection in stock selected for good yields and disease resistance. This year the majority of our varieties are being sold loose, so you can pick out the number of tubers you require rather than a whole bag. This means that if you want to try afew varieties you are not tied to buying surplus seed potatoes. Earlies include; Accord, Foremost, Lady Christl, Premiere & Sharpes Express. Second Earlies include; Kestrel & Nicola. Main Crop include; Cara, Maris Piper, Valor, International Kidney (Jersey Royal) & Pink Fir Apple.  Also just arrived are Sturon & Red Baron Onion Sets, Golden Gourmet Shallot sets. For the flower garden Sumer flowering bulbs and tubers have started to arrive.  Dahlias, Cannas & Lilies can be started off in pots if you have a frost free conservatory or green house. Lily of the Valley & Herbaceous Paeonias can be planted out soon to establish in borders. And of course choose a sunny spot for Dame Edna’s & Morrisey’s favourite flowers Gladioli.

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Sowing the seeds of Summer

By Paul, 10/01/2011 3:41 pm

It may seem a little premature but now is the time to start thinking about those summer flower displays and plans for the kitchen garden.  We have a great selection of seeds to cover all tastes and schemes from Kings Seeds.  For those of you not familiar with Kings we find that they not only offer good value for money but also excellent germination rates.  Flowers range from Antirrhinum to Wallflower, including a rage of Sweet peas and Wild Flowers. Vegetables and Herbs from Asparagus Pea to Tomatoes including Oriental Veg. Peas and Beans and Salad leaves. Garlic & Asparagus are available now with Onion sets & Seed Potatoes to follow soon.  Plan now for a bountiful harvest throughout the coming seasons.

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Bulbs & Wild Bird Care

By Paul, 19/08/2010 10:09 pm

With the weather becoming Autumnal already, it seem appropriate to mention our new stock of Spring Flowering Bulbs.  We have a good selection to provide colour in your garden from Christmas well into next Spring. We even have some beautiful Autumn Crocus that will soon be putting on their annual display. We have several varieties of daffodils loose so that you can pick and choose at the best prices. Some great bulbs for underplanting containers & winter baskets such as Tete a Tete  Narcissus, Crocus, Muscari and of course Tulips.  For the woodland garden we have some English grown Bluebells, Anemones, Narcissus and Snowdrops (among others). If  its scent your after then is has to be Hyacinths both for the house and the garden!

The wild bird feeding season is well under way with birds building up their reserves either to ge them through the winter or to make their annual migration.  Encouraging birds to feed in your garden has to be one of the most rewarding things. Not only do you get to see these beautiful creatures up close but many have an essential part to play in controling pest populations. 

We have good stocks of wild bird feed from seed, peanuts, fat snax, sunflower seed and thistle seed & suet feasts. We also have a selection of feeders, Nest boxes and accessories.

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Cove at Mid Devon Show at Hartnoll Farm, Tiverton on 24th July

By Helen, 22/07/2010 8:09 am

Yes we are having a stand in the Plants and Garden Marquee and the theme is Grassland and Meadows so we have interpreted it as  Magic Meadow!  We will be sharing with Wicked Willows and have combined our efforts to bring all our creative skills into one place.  Joolz from Wicked Willows has made a beautiful willow peacock and I have made the ‘eye’ of the feathers out of glass and I have to say it looks stunning, no photos to show yet, you’ll have to come and see it!  As well as that Woody from Wicked Willows will be with me on the day working on a willow hare and showing us his weaving skills.  I haven’t yet mentioned the plants,  Paul has been working hard on putting together a display that best reflects the theme and has chosen a selection of grasses, hostas, penstemon, heucheras amongst others, a little taster in the accompanying photo.  So if you are coming to the Mid Devon Show come and say hello, mention the blog and you will receive a voucher for 10% discount off plants at Cove Garden Nursery!   Hope to see you can’t wait!

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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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Springtime at Cove!

By Helen, 19/05/2010 6:51 pm

We are currently having difficult uploading photos onto here at the moment so you will have to use your imagination while I describe whats been going on at Cove Garden Nursery recently….!

The warmer weather has really got the plants (and weeds) growing and we are fairly optimistic that we have almost seen the end of the frosts!  We would still advise caution with the tender plants and maybe have some fleece handy just in case!

In preparation for the summer we have been potting up a whole selection of basket and patio plants in readiness for your hanging baskets.  We have all the traditional favourites; fuchsias, geraniums and busy lizzies to mention a few,  our greenhouse is beginning to look very colourful after the endless winter!  We can also make up baskets to order and look after for them for you tell they are ready to go out, particularly handy if you are going on holiday.  If you prefer to create your own we have a selection of baskets, troughs and also have some rather nice  oak whiskey barrels (without the whiskey!).

If like others you have found that not only has the frost killed off your plants but the rabbits and deer have had a go at them too we have just received a product called ‘Grazers’.  This product is sprayed onto your plants and is proven effective against damage from the bunnies!  It is completely harmless to pets and has been used successfully used by farmers and growers.  We will be trying it on our own garden soon but if you would like more information have a look on www.grazers.co.uk .

We knew Spring had arrived when after weeks of finding abandoned eggs in random places we were rewarded one morning with our first batch of ducklings!  They are such a joy to watch and can be a bit elusive but if you come to see us you may spot them.  We have also been very lucky to have the Greater Spotted Woodpecker visiting our feeder regularly and we will be posting photos as soon as possible.

Finally the Tea Tent has been open weekends for cream tea and cakes and as the weather is warming up for the weekend we also have a small selection of ice creams from Langage Farm to tempt you!   (www.langagefarm.com) Yum!

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Alpine Colour, New Perennials & Much More…..

By Paul, 02/03/2010 11:02 pm

New this week is a bulbsrange of Dartmoor grown Alpines including some pot grown spring bulbs. These would add a bit of colour to rockeries, containers or well drained borders. With the sun shining this week, these hardy plants would definitely enhance gardens awakening from a long cold winter rest.

Also new this week we have a selection of perennials, many in 9cm pots so they’re not going to break the bank and offer great value for preparing colorful borders for sun or shade.   These include for sun Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’ with its golden ‘daisies’  a must for late summer displays, Aubretia – a must for sunny spots where it can be allowed to flow over walls or to soften the edge of paths, Euphorbia a. Purpurea offers strong evergreen (or should that be ever purple) foliage contrasts well with golden plants. Spring gems Native Primroses & Cowslips have also arrived. These nursery grown plants have buds or flowers for instant appeal.

For shade we now have leathery evergreen Bergenia ‘Rotblum’ also with reddish-pink flowers good for under-planting around shrubs and under trees. Alchemilla mollis better known as ‘Ladies Mantle’ makes a mound of grey-green ruffled foliage with lime green flowers to complete the picture. The Geranium phaeum ‘Album’ is a strong growing variety that does well under trees and in shadier parts of the garden.

As well as the new intake of ready to buy plants, we have started potting some of our own stock.  The first was a batch of  Hostas including favourites such as ‘Sum & Substance’  & ‘Francis Williams’.  These should be ready for sale this summer. 

Just arrived today are the first of the Zonal Geraniums as rooted cuttings, once potted these will form part of our range of patio and basket plants for coming season.

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Trees, Fruit & Roses

By Paul, 07/02/2010 9:48 pm

Everything you need for Valentines? Well maybe, but we have just had another delivery of stock. This time it included a great selection of ornamental & fruiting trees, soft fruit & roses. If you were planning on buying roses for valentines why buy only a dozen when you could buy the whole bush! We have a great selection of popular varieties of climbers, bush, patio roses and a selection of David Austin English Shrub Roses. We also have some superb standard roses including varieties such as ‘Champagne Moment’, ’Simply the Best’ & ‘ Tickled Pink’ would make great gifts.  

We now have a good selection of fruit trees. Old favourites such as Cox’s & Bramley’s Apples, pears,  cherrys, apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines and quinces are among the selections.  The trees we’ve had in are 2 year old stock and should stat to produce fruit soon (possibly a small crop this year!)  Soft fruit includes Currants (Black, Red & White), Gooseberries, Raspberries, Rhubarb and the “super fruit” Blueberries. 

If you’re looking for an ornamental tree we now have a selection to suit gardens large and small. For larger gardens we have spectacular trees such as Acer ‘Crimson King’. For the smaller garden we have gems such as Malus ‘Royal Beauty’.

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Compost & Zoo Poo

By Paul, 04/02/2010 7:33 pm

 

We now have a range of composts including multi-purpose, gro-bags, ericaceous and manure in stock.zoopoo-pic

Large-Economy Multi-Purpose 3 for £10

Large-Economy Multi-Purpose 3 for £10

We also just received our first delivery of the very popular Zoo Poo. Made with manure collected at Paington Zoo.  This is a novel way of improving  your soil fertility. It’s can also be used in organic production and at £4.49 a bag it’s also great value so it is sure to stampede out of here! 

With more stock arriving next week our range of plants is ever increasing. We’re all hoping for an early Spring.

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