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Shire Plants Blog

Viola sororia 'Freckles'

Viola sororia 'Freckles'

26th Mar 2021

Love this violet. It does just what it says on the tin. This one is in the pollytunnel so it's flowering early but the sororia violets usually flower after our native dog/wood violets, so they ar … read more
Primula 'Gold Lace'

Primula 'Gold Lace'

22nd Mar 2021

Primula 'Gold Lace' was introduced by the Victorians and was much prized by gardeners in those times. Much prized by us now, it's a lovely spring flower. We have plants available and about to flower n … read more
Perennial Wallflowers

Perennial Wallflowers

12th Mar 2021

Now is a good time to plant perennial wallflowers (Erysimum) for a good display of flowers this year and for several years to come. There is a lot of history associated with these plants. In the … read more
Viola odorata 'Princess Diana'

Viola odorata 'Princess Diana'

11th Mar 2021

This is Viola odorata 'Princess Diana' which is flowering in the polytunnel now. She has a gorgeous scent when the sun is on her.
New (to us) celandine

New (to us) celandine

27th Feb 2021

Really like this unusual lesser celandine which we've grown for the first time this year. Lovely green petals with light streaks of lemon. Only available in small numbers this year but we should have … read more
Supporting Key Workers

Supporting Key Workers

10th Feb 2021

During this difficult time we are pleased to have teamed up with Blue Light Card, the discount service for the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces. If you are a key worke … read more
Dragon bites?

Dragon bites?

6th Feb 2021

Have you suffered from a dragon bite? If so, you may like to know that French Tarragon (Artemesia dracunculus) is alleged to have the power to heal their bites. On a more mundane level, it was tr … read more
Primroses

Primroses

3rd Feb 2021

Primroses are a quintessential sign of spring and the word means 'prime rose', or the first rose of spring. The flower has long been linked to faeries and it was believed that growing both red and … read more
New life

New life

30th Jan 2021

It doesn't matter how many thousands of seeds I sow, lifting a seed tray cloche and seeing the first shoots pushing out through the soil never fails to excite me.... possibly I should get out more?&nb … read more
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