Posts tagged: Devon

Snowdrop in Summer!

By Helen, 15/08/2010 11:13 am

Well I’d like to say we are enjoying lovely long August  days dipping our toes into the water and drinking Pina Coladas but this being Devon and the school holidays, summer is doing what it normally does and its either raining or really windy here!  But we are not discouraged its still beautiful in Cove whatever the weather!  I hate to mention autumn but the leaves are definitely starting to change colour here,  so with that in mind if you are thinking of the new term ahead and are wondering whether to join a class at night school or learn a new skill I will be offering 1 to 1 tuition in copper foiling this autumn.  If you’ve fancied having a go I will show you how to cut glass and then assemble a panel or large sun catcher to take home with you.  Get in touch for a chat or email for details.

Talking of copper foiling I recently made a snowdrop for a shepherds hut.  The very nice people I made it for have sent me the images of it fitted in and it looks fantastic.  They are a company called ‘Dods of London’ and they will have a stand at the National Gardening Show at the Bath and West Showground in September if you want to have a look at it.   They restore shepherds huts and gypsy caravans to a very high standard and I want one!   Will link onto their site when its up and running but here is what they look like below!

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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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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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Winter Interest – New Stock Now In!

By Paul, 04/12/2009 9:43 pm

Now in stock are a ‘ hand picked’ selection of evergreen and winter interest shrubs. These include some rather choice selections including Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ whose highly scented, pale-pink flowers in February make this an exceptional choice for a sheltered well drained spot. We have a selection of  well budded Camellias in 3 litre pots that would make great gifts. Some striking evergreens including; Elaeagnus ‘Gilt Edge’, Pittosporum t. ‘Tandara Gold’ & ‘Silver Queen’ and Photinia ‘Red Robin’. A couple of deciduous shrubs worth mentioning are Lonicera fragrantissima, with sweetly scented creamy flowers in winter and Cornus alba Siberica, with bright red stems sure to brighten the gloomiest winters day and perfect for a damp spot!

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Fresh Devon Christmas Trees

By Paul, 02/12/2009 9:55 pm

We’ve just taken delivery of our Devon grown Christmas Trees and I must say the quality looks very good! The Nordmann non-drops look particularly good and as they have only just been cut they are going to last very well. With Christmas trees in short supply this year (according to the press) I wouldn’t leave it too late!

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Welcome to the new owners of Cove Garden Nursery

By Helen, 29/11/2009 6:51 pm
Welcome to the new owners of Cove Garden Nursery,  Paul and Helens blog.  Here you will find horticultural tips, seasonal offers and whats new in stock.  Arriving this week will be Devon grown christmas trees, non drop Nordman 4ft to 7ft and 5ft to 6ft Spruce, plus a selection of winter shrubs and perennials.  In the craft shop is a selection of hand made gifts.  Watch this space for any new stock coming in. If you have any special requests do feel free to drop us an email and we will do our best to help.

Moving in to Cove Garden Nursery

We would like to take this opportunity to thank John and Mike from Secret Seeds for helping us settle in and making us feel welcome,  we wish them all the best for the future.  We would also like to thank our removal men for bravely unloading the van in the persistant Devon rain!

We are really excited to be starting this new life in Devon and we look forward to meeting customers old and new!
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