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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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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
PLANT OF THE MONTH – MARCH
Welcome to our new feature, we will endeavour to post a new plant from our range each month.
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.
If you need a touch of colour in all this winter gloom then colourful Primroses should brighten up your day. Great for either a sheltered spot in the garden (once hardened off ) or a display on your windowsill, these brilliant plants give us a hint that spring is just around the corner! Fantastic range of colours & a soft fragrance. Look out for our extra special offer coupon in this weeks Tiverton Gazette.