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Fishing up a Blakewell experience

Gardens remembered in Anne Cotterill’s collection

The receipt of one of Anne Cotterill’s flower cards is always guaranteed to bring some spring hope into the lives of gardeners and wild flower lovers. There are new additions to the collection for 2018, taken from the extensive archive of work left by the artist on her death in 2010: snowdrops, hawthorn, honeysuckle, lilies, apple blossom… a delicious array of subject matter. The cards are faithful reproductions of Anne Cotterill’s oil paintings from the years that she lived and worked in Somerset, drawing her inspiration from the wild flowers in the surrounding farm land and her much-loved garden. The cards are illustrated in a mail order catalogue. The catalogue is free and can be ordered by telephoning, writing or emailing the address below. Mill House Fine Art Publishing Ltd, Bellflower Gallery, Market Place, Colyton, Devon, EX24 6JS. Tel: 01297 553100. Email:

Celebrating pond month at Bow Garden & Aquatic Centre There’s the chance to celebrate ‘Pond Month’ in April at Bow Garden & Aquatic Centre between Crediton and Okehampton. Pond month is a celebration of ponds, and how they can attract more wildlife into your garden. Bow was the first garden centre in the country to have a wildlife area endorsed by the Devon Wildlife Trust, and ponds on the site attract a multitude of birds, insects and fauna. Bow is the place to go for anything to do with ponds or indoor aquatics and Bow has lots of deals during April. During the month, Bow offers free pond tests, free pond planting schemes, and free friendly advice on pond schemes. Bow has one of the largest stocks of pond and bog plants in the South West, along with a spectacular range of pond fish and hand-selected koi. They also have a full range of medications, foods and all the accessories you could possibly need. Bow also has a fully stocked Garden Centre. Bow Garden & Aquatic Centre, EX17 6LA.

Working trout farm and fishing and pond experts Blakewell have over 25 years experience in the design, construction and on-going maintenance of ponds and lakes. They are also experts on all aspects of ponds and lakes and can help you choose the right equipment and solve any fish and pond related problems.

Blakewell’s waterside café opens from Easter and serves homemade food and a selection of cakes, cream teas and coffee. From the farm they offer fresh rainbow trout grown in sparkling clear Exmoor spring water. You can you can walk around the grounds watching the trout swimming in their ponds, then order your fresh trout which will be caught and cleaned for you to take home for dinner. They also offer the family fishing experience where you can catch your own trout to take home. Blakewell is five minutes from Barnstaple and you can be sure of a warm welcome. Blakewell, Muddiford, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4ET. Tel: 01271 344533

Honey fungus number one garden health problem Honey fungus and box tree caterpillar were the dominant plant health issues last year, according to analysis of Royal Horticultural Society. Now in its 22nd year, the ranking is a guide to areas of concern for gardeners and includes a number of pests and diseases, such as kerria twig and leaf blight that features in the top ten for the first time this year. In 2017, box tree caterpillar returned to the number one spot after dropping to number seven in 2016. In what was a bad year for the box plant, it also battled box blight and volutella blight – both of which cause twig and leaf death. Honey fungus has retained the disease top spot for the 6

22nd year running, which can be attributed to its numerous and diverse host range that includes popular garden plants such as the rose, rhododendron and Prunus. RHS research currently underway is intended to help gardeners better manage the disease that attacks and kills the roots of perennial plants before decaying the wood.

Country Gardener

Devon Country Gardener April 2018  

The April 2018 issue of Devon Country Gardener Magazine

Devon Country Gardener April 2018  

The April 2018 issue of Devon Country Gardener Magazine