We now have ready a large selection of summer flowering bedding plants just in time for the May Bank Holiday weekend. You’ll still have to keep an eye out for any late frosts, especially for tender options such as Begonias & Marigolds but there are still plenty of hardier options if you want to get started but live in a frost pocket. These include Alyssum, Antirrhinums, Mimulus, Cineraria Silver Dust & Stocks, all of which can stand a frost once hardened off. Even Petunias & Geraniums will tolerate light ground frosts once hardened off. If you are lucky enough to live in a milder spot or be able to offer plants a little additional protection with fleece or plant up containers undercover, then there is a wide range available. You don’t have to make elaborate bedding schemes like the ones you see in municipal parks, spectacular though they are, a few bright bedding plants in herbaceous & shrub borders can enliven these spots. We are optomistic that the weather will be better this summer than last year and what better way to make the most of your outdoor spaces that quick growing, colourful Bedding plants!
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Our Easter Sunday Arts & Crafts Market went off without a hitch, even the weather improved for the day and there was plenty of sunshine on offer, even if it was a little chilly. The atmosphere was great with Musicians from Whirligig playing through the day and Pitmans Farm providing hot food in the form of a delicious Hog Roast. This was our third Easter Market and with a little help from the weather and a lot of help from the stallholders I think this was our best Easter Market Yet! Many thanks once again to all.
Cove Garden Nursery will once again be hosting our Easter Sunday Arts & Craft Market showcasing a whole range of local hand-made arts & crafts. Stalls include jewellery, fused and blown glass, pottery, textiles, wood craft, vintage china, ironmongery, cup-cakes and handmade chocolates, organic meat and more! Alongside our extensive plant range it’s a great way to spend an Easter Sunday finding inspiration for your home and garden, whilst supporting local craft businesses. Wicked Willows will be working on site and you can come and meet the willow dragon! Entry to the Craft Fair is FREE!
This beautiful evergreen Iris has been flowering for us for a while with it’s blue flowers veined with white at the base of the falls. Best in full sun or partial shade flowers appear late winter through to early spring. It is closely related to Iris unguicularis, another evergreen winter flowerer and both thrive on poor soils and form large clumps that can be easily divided if they become too big.
We now have a new range of Devon made Wooden Planters which I’m sure will be popular. Constructed from pressure treated timber and held together with corrosion resistant screws, these planters are built to last. The 3 rustic designs are perfect for the rural environment or could easily be stained or painted to match your existing colour scheme. We’ve mocked up some planting ideas so that they can be seen at their best, but pop into the Nursery and give them a closer inspection.
You are my Camellia ‘Inspiration’,
My Helleborus ‘Double Queen’
And my Cherry ‘Sweetheart’.
I give you my Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’
You are my Dahlia ‘Pretty Woman‘
And this is Lilium ‘4You’.
I only have Rosa ‘Eyes for You’
You are Rosa ‘Simply the Best’!
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.
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.