DAYLILIES
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Thomas Hobbs own hybrids (and other fabulous varieties) are available in
limited numbers. Hybridizing daylilies has become an absolute obsession....
using cutting edge parent plants from the world's top breeders.

Half the fun is in naming them!

SOUTHLANDS NURSERY
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Could it be that dreams do come true?
When artistic talent, sweat, business savvy and encyclopedic
plant knowledge are combined, it seems they do....

Southlands Nursery is a walk-in fantasy,
where beauty always comes before profit.

STORE INFO
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Established in 1991, and located in a charming 'equestrian pocket' on Vancouver's upscale
westside, this unique area called Southlands is a horse friendly enclave right in the city.
Large lots and small acreages house many stables, and it is not unusual to see horses and their
riders go by our gates. With delicious free coffee always on hand, many people tell us that they
come down to the nursery just to experience the beautiful atmosphere.
We hope you will visit soon!

TOM SPEAKS
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According to all my grade school report cards, I never stop speaking!

Here is where I rant/ share/ proselytize about whatever I think is
beautiful/ interesting/ semi-important....

JUST IN
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At Southlands Nursery, things are always changing,
and not just with the seasons. We're constantly creating,
searching and bringing in new plants and exciting items
on a regular basis.

Get a sneak peak here or come visit us soon.

FAVOURITES
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Visiting Vancouver?
Want to order flowers?

Check out this very personal list of some of Thomas Hobbs favourite
Vancouver shops and restaurants you may not otherwise discover.

DAYLILIES
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Thomas Hobbs own hybrids (and other fabulous varieties) are available in
limited numbers. Hybridizing daylilies has become an absolute obsession....
using cutting edge parent plants from the world's top breeders.

Half the fun is in naming them!

ORDERING
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We will never be a fully online shopping nursery, but from time to time
we'll offer special plants or things.Thomas Hobbs own daylily introductions
will be available for Spring or Fall shipping.

We hope to offer other specialties,
such as own own Nerine hybrids, this way, also.

BOOKS & PRESS
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The only thing I love more than gardening is sharing that passion with others.
I've had the pleasure of writing 2 books and have been featured in a number of professional
horticultural and gardening magazines. For the past 16 years I've also worked in television on
GlobalBC's Saturday morning news 'Gardening with Thomas Hobbs' segments. The nursery has
been featured on virtually every gardening show including 'The Victory Garden', 'Martha Stewart'
and 'Recreating Eden'. We were even home to 'The Orchid Nazi' on the hit TV show The X Files!

August 9, 2010

2010 Bloom Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 11:48 pm

       July (and this year, August) are really like an extended Christmas for me. Every visit to my daylily field is bringing a bunch of new, first-bloom beauties to my attention.  There are plenty of disappointments blooming, too. 
      I have always loved the palest  yellows/near whites the most. Making my own crosses and buying seeds online from the daylily auction (www.daylily.com)  is fun alright, but it is when they bloom that it is finally payday.  It takes one or two years.
         This year I am very happy with a batch of seedlings from a cross between ‘How Beautiful Heaven Must Be’ and ‘Victorian Lace’ .  Two of the seedlings are  shown in the photo here. Both have soft, Creamsicle-orange ,  huge flowers with wide, thick petals. 
       Some other teriffic seedlings are blooming from a cross I bought over the internet.  I paid about $6.00 per seed for  ’Across The Universe’  (boy, I love that flower) crossed with ‘Fringy’  . These are all fabulous ! Three flowers are in this picture, but all ten seedlings are promising.
            I feel guilty if I miss a day or two visiting my daylily field. I am sure many seedlings bloom and I miss seeing their first flower.  That is why I always wait to discard a plant. I have to see it in bloom myself. Out of hundreds of plants, I only keep two or three in the end. It is all very ‘Sophie’s Choice’ , but no popcorn.August 2010 013