Posts tagged: Gardening

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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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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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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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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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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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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