Posts tagged: Tiverton

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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Hawks at Cove Garden Nursery

By Helen, 05/08/2010 2:23 pm
Lady Macbeth

Come and meet the beautiful Harris Hawk,  Lady Macbeth at Cove Garden Nursery.  She will be here along with her owner Nigel every Thursday in August 12 till 3.  Nigel also does special Hawk Walks on Exmoor where you can take her out and experience falconry first hand.  Find out more at www.northdevonhawkwalks.co.uk or come and see her!  The tea tent will be open so you can have a cuppa too!

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1st prize winners at the Mid Devon Show

By Helen, 26/07/2010 9:32 am

1st prize winners at the Mid Devon Show!  We are very proud to say the Flower and Garden Marquee won first prize for its category and we didn’t know it was being judged till the day!   Seeing as it was our first time there we are really encouraged and happy that our hard work paid off.  Joolz and Woody worked like troopers throughout Friday and Saturday to help make the stand look awesome.

Joolz made the willow arch behind the back of the stand and of course the beautiful willow peacock with my glass feathers.  Unfortunately she couldn’t be there on the day but  Woody was a star assistant on the stand and also bravely gave a Willow demonstration to a captive audience!  I should mention his willow Heron and Imp were part of our display too.  The plants looked amazing although they never thought we would never get them all on the table!  We would like to congratulate our fellow exhibitors, Tiverton Garden Club, Bampton Flower Arrangers and the florists Mayflower of Tiverton who had a lovely stand of flower arrangements, and all the others who were there.  A special mention goes to Mary Tucker who with her organizing skills brought us all together and deserved to receive the cup.  We met lots of great people this weekend…So heres to the next show but not till next year!

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Cove at Mid Devon Show at Hartnoll Farm, Tiverton on 24th July

By Helen, 22/07/2010 8:09 am

Yes we are having a stand in the Plants and Garden Marquee and the theme is Grassland and Meadows so we have interpreted it as  Magic Meadow!  We will be sharing with Wicked Willows and have combined our efforts to bring all our creative skills into one place.  Joolz from Wicked Willows has made a beautiful willow peacock and I have made the ‘eye’ of the feathers out of glass and I have to say it looks stunning, no photos to show yet, you’ll have to come and see it!  As well as that Woody from Wicked Willows will be with me on the day working on a willow hare and showing us his weaving skills.  I haven’t yet mentioned the plants,  Paul has been working hard on putting together a display that best reflects the theme and has chosen a selection of grasses, hostas, penstemon, heucheras amongst others, a little taster in the accompanying photo.  So if you are coming to the Mid Devon Show come and say hello, mention the blog and you will receive a voucher for 10% discount off plants at Cove Garden Nursery!   Hope to see you can’t wait!

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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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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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