Posts tagged: Cove Garden Nursery

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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Seed Potatoes, Onion Sets, Seeds and Summer Bulbs

By Paul, 26/01/2010 9:40 pm

New stock is now arriving thick and fast.  We’ve just received our delivery of seed potatoes including first & second early varieties and main-crop varieties. These include the blight resistant variety ‘Accord’, popular earlies ‘Rocket & ‘Foremost’, excellent salad varieties ‘Charlotte’, ‘Pink Fir Apple’ & ‘Nicola’, popular main-crops such as ‘Desiree’, ‘Cara’ & ‘Maris Piper’ (the best variety for chips). Despite the cold weather it’s not too early to start chitting your early potatoes in a cool but frost free position.  These now compliment our range of Onion & Shallot sets that arrived with our selection of Vegetable & Flower seeds from Kings seeds a few days ago. 

Also arrived today our order of Summer Flowering Bulbs & Tubers. We have selected an exciting range of Gladioli, Lilies, Dahlias, Begonias etc. available now for spring planting. Among these you will find the ever popular Dahlia ’Bishop of Llandaff, the bright red with gilt edged Gladioli ‘Baccara’, pure white and scented Regale Lily and the vibrantly coloured ’Frimbriata’ series of Begonias.  These are sure to bring a blaze of colour to patio planters & flower borders this summer.

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Snow Day at Cove

By Helen, 06/01/2010 4:47 pm
moorhen in snow

Where's my food?

Well the snow that has been promised for ages finally arrived (about 2 weeks too late)  with a vengeance last night.  We measured 7 inches on the benches.  We have been shovelling it off the polytunnels to minimise damage but by the look of the forecast we may have to do it again.  Had to shovel it off the bird table too and am more concerned about running out of food for them!  Recent bird visits have been the kingfisher briefly and regularly see bull finches, nuthatch and also buzzards in the valley. 

It has been stunning in the snow and extremely peaceful, as I look out of the window at the birch trees I could imagine myself in Lapland.  Need a deer to come pose for the camera to make our next Christmas cards!  They have been shy of late but saw plenty of prints in the snow this morning.

but we're still open!!

but we're still open!!

We are currently refurbishing the craft studio but are actually open for business but none but the foolish would venture out in this!

Leat at Cove

Leat at Cove

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A Bit of Colour

By Paul, 12/12/2009 8:49 am

The christmas trees are selling well, thanks to their quality.  We’ve just had a delivery of Primroses, Cyclamen and a few winter Pansies fo anyone looking to bring a bit of colour to their pots, patio or windowsil.

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New Crafts Arrived Today

By Helen, 08/12/2009 8:29 pm

Took delivery of some of Hilary Butlers beautiful glass pendants just in time for Christmas.  Also some of her sea-glass and driftwood hangings which are completely unique so if you want a one off piece of art you know where to come!  Will take some photos to upload on here but examples of her work are already on this website.  Am just waiting for a sunny day to take some photos in the right light,  the weatherman says that sun is coming but I’ll believe that when I see its hardly stopped raining since we’ve got here!  Kingfisher alert saw him this morning, he is definitely inspiring me to make a piece of leaded glass for the craft shop!

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A Week In Devon

By Helen, 04/12/2009 10:33 pm

Its been a week since we packed up our whole house and life  in the flat fens to move down to the rolling hills of Devon.  Its certainly been a week of contrasts  from  mild drizzle setting the scene for our arrival then ending the week with sharp frosts.  Not only have we had to get used to being here but our car has suddenly got to cope with  driving up hills!   I  opened the curtains on out first morning here to see 3 deer munching at the hedgerow, pretty to look at but they better keep away from the nursery.  Have also spent several relaxing moments  watching the kingfisher with its dash of electric blue flit amongst the leat.  All very idyllic except for being woken up by extremely noisy owls tap dancing on our roof!  Who said the countryside was peaceful!  We still have a lot of unpacking to do but have managed to clear some space in the workshop to make some more glass Christmas decorations after selling a couple in the shop this week, just the incentive to get me creating.

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