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Shire Plants Blog

Spotlight on Galium

Spotlight on Galium

14th Jan 2022

The Galium family of plants is often overlooked in the garden, but they provide a useful function for ground cover and they are also fantastic for pollinators. As with many native plants, they also ha … read more
Native Primulas

Native Primulas

5th Jan 2022

These Primulas are all related and evoke childhood memories of playing in hedgerows and The Common in springtime, near my home in rural Buckinghamshire.They work well in the garden, planted next to a … read more
Managing our land

Managing our land

16th Dec 2021

Over winter we spend time managing the land our nursery sits on. We strongly believe in managing it in a way which provides a good environment for our local wildlife, which happily also results in an … read more
First Snow

First Snow

30th Nov 2021

We had a couple of days of early snow this weekend but it hasn't prevented us from dispatching this week's orders as it soon cleared up. We fulfil orders all year round (except for a couple of weeks a … read more
Harry Potter Herbology

Harry Potter Herbology

19th Nov 2021

Fans of Harry potter may recall that Harry and his classmates were required to wear earmuffs while repotting mandrake plants in their herbology lesson. This, like much of Rowling's fiction, is based o … read more
Visit from a Goldcrest

Visit from a Goldcrest

18th Nov 2021

We had a friendly Goldcrest visit us in the potting shed today. The Goldcrest is the UKs smallest bird and we usually only see them flitting in and out of the hedges so this was a treat. We think it m … read more
Hardy Chrysanthemums

Hardy Chrysanthemums

28th Oct 2021

Hardy Chrysanthemums come into their own at this time of year. Very useful when many other plants are shutting down for the winter. This one is 'Starlet' but we have many other varieties available too … read more
Autumn £2.95 Plant Sale

Autumn £2.95 Plant Sale

5th Oct 2021

Autumn is a great time to plant perennials, while the soil is still warm and rainfall increases. To coincide, we have reduced the price of some of our most popular plants to £2.95 for a limited time. … read more
Plant Foxgloves Now

Plant Foxgloves Now

1st Oct 2021

If you fancy some foxgloves in the garden next year, now is the perfect time to plant them, because they flower from their second year. Although the air temperature may have dropped, the soil te … read more