Shire Plants Blog

500 plants and counting

500 plants and counting

19th Jul 2019

We've just listed our 500'th plant on the website. Our range continues to expand and we are grateful to our wonderful friends and customers who continue to gift us heritage and hard-to-find varieties … read more
Dianthus 'Hope'

Dianthus 'Hope'

16th Jul 2019

This is Dianthus 'Hope' - an Old Fashioned Pink dating from 1946 and its name probably reflected the feelings of hope following the end of the war. Now very rare, like a lot of the old pinks, but … read more
Woad

Woad

3rd Jul 2019

These Woad (Isatis tinctoria) seeds have been collected today. The leaves of the woad plant were used to produce a blue dye that the ancient Britons used as body paint when going into battle … read more
Royal Horticultural Society Plant Order

Royal Horticultural Society Plant Order

20th Jun 2019

We were honoured to fulfil an order for the Royal Horticultural Society's Hyde Hall Garden this week.Among the plants heading to RHS Garden Hyde Hall is Berkheya purpurea 'Zulu Warrior' (pictured), a … read more
Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month

6th Jun 2019

Meet our employee of the month! Freddy Frog is one of many frogs who help keep the slugs at bay. This is just one reason why we don't use nasty chemicals :-)
Article on Old Fashioned Pinks

Article on Old Fashioned Pinks

26th May 2019

We were pleased to be asked to write an article on Heritage Pinks for the Rare Plant Fair website and newsletter this month. Available to read now! Read more... … read more
Sowing Mistletoe

Sowing Mistletoe

18th May 2019

So excited that after several years of 'sowing' mistletoe berries on our apple trees, I finally have one that has taken (shown in the photo).Mistletoe is semi-parasitic, meaning that it can produce it … read more
Heritage Pinks (Dianthus)

Heritage Pinks (Dianthus)

9th May 2019

The wonderful variety of heritage pinks (Dianthus). They make long-lasting cut flowers and the scent is heavenly. These are cut from our stock plants and are currently brightening up the office.View o … read more
Black and White Violas

Black and White Violas

8th May 2019

I love the contrast of the jet black Viola 'Molly Sanderson' next to the pearly white Viola 'White Pearl'. Just two of the twenty or so Victorian violas we currently sell. So much better than the mode … read more