Shire Plants Blog

Common Names

Common Names

20th Nov 2019

I find the 'common' names of plants fascinating. Some of our wildflowers have been loved (or sometimes hated!) for centuries and the wide range of different local names for the same plant always inter … read more
Frost

Frost

19th Nov 2019

First proper frost of autumn today. I love the way the ice gives the plants a whole new dimension, really changing the appearance of the flower beds.  … read more
2020 Plant Fairs

2020 Plant Fairs

11th Nov 2019

We have just confirmed that we will be attending two Rare Plant Fairs in 2020. These are wonderful opportunities to visit a wonderful garden and browse the offerings of a dozen or so specialist plant … read more
Happy Michaelmas!

Happy Michaelmas!

30th Sep 2019

The 29th September, is Michaelmas, a Christian festival also known as the Feast of Saint Michael. St Michael is one of the principal angelic warriors, protector against the dark of the night and the A … read more
Aster 'Little Carlow'

Aster 'Little Carlow'

28th Sep 2019

The Michaelmas Daisies are starting to come into their own and brightening up tired borders. This is one of my favourites - Aster 'Little Carlow' (https://shireplants.co.uk/aster-cordifolius-little-ca … read more
Looking to cut down on sugar?

Looking to cut down on sugar?

9th Sep 2019

This is Stevia rebaudiana, otherwise known as The Sugar Plant or Candy Leaf. It is said that the leaf has 300 times the sweetness of sugar and it is now used in the food industry in some areas of … read more
An Unusual Monkey Flower

An Unusual Monkey Flower

3rd Sep 2019

This unusual monkey flower, Mimulus naianadanus, is not often offered in the UK which is a shame as it's most striking. Large white, cream and purple flowers, with purple spotted tongues adorn the pla … read more

Dianthus 'Messines Pink'

28th Aug 2019

This is Dianthus 'Messines Pink', one of the Mule Pinks, dating from before 1933. There is a story told of this 'pink' which is that a soldier, wounded in the Messines Ridge area, was found holding a … read more
A workhouse 'pink'

A workhouse 'pink'

10th Aug 2019

Danthus 'Brympton Red' is a beautiful pink and one that we can trace back to its humble origins, growing in a workhouse garden. It was spotted in the Beaminster workhouse garden by Lady Lilian Digby o … read more