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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.

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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.

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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!

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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....

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

April 30, 2010

Dahlia ‘Kenora Macob’ is amazing !

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We have grown these ourselves, and they are now available. This dark purplish black dahlia has lovely twisting petals and 6″-8″ flowers. The plants grow to 4′ tall, in full sun.  Our large plants are in one gallon pots and are priced at $12.99 .   We also grew other cool dahlias this year and they are selling fast.  Look for  ‘Bedhead’, ‘Chat Noir’, several ‘Bishop of….’ varieties, and a few rarities from my personal collection (like Citron du Cap , a soft huge yellow cactus type).Dahlia Show Sept 5 , 09 (7)

April 28, 2010

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Tremendous Tree Peonies

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       We  are thrilled to offer an excellent selection of these incredible, thrilling plants ! I am personally obsessed with them ! As if I needed another plant family to collect….
       Tree peonies are ancient treasures, originally from China. Hybridizers ‘over there’ and in the U.S., Switzerland and England have been breeding and selecting them for centuries.  No wonder ! Their incredible flowers can be a foot across, with tissue paper-like petals in amazing colours.  Tree peonies form woody stems that should be left unpruned. Slowly, a small bush forms and doesn’t die back to the ground like herbaceous peonies do.  They like sun, but  do just as well with a bit of afternoon shade, or dappled light. 
         Always be home in early May, because that is when they bloom. The astonishingly beautiful flowers are fleeting…. usually lasting about one week each.  As plants mature, they will produce more than one flower per branch and the bloom time will be extended.  Perhaps it is best that their beauty is short-lived….. like fireworks, delicious food, great wine, brilliant talent…. we appreciate it more when we are aware it is limited.
         For an amazing selection of tree peonies, check out www.songsparrow.com  for Klehm nursery’s fabulous offerings.  I ordered (from Canada) and it was worth every dollar.
         At Southlands Nursery, our tree peonies are $24.95 each. Tree peony 1

April 23, 2010

Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’

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Dichondra       I am crazy about this this annual !  For the last three years, I have been including it in more and more of my pots at home.  It has a true silver/metallic shimmer on all surfaces, and will spill downward to several feet in length. I always assumed it would prefer full, hot sun….. most silver-leaved plants do.  To my surprise, it is the plants in afternoon SHADE that grew the most lush, and had the longest trails of lovely silver foliage !  Dichondra does like sun, also. Growth is tighter and leaves are smaller in hot sun.
     I like to fertilize everything about once a month with 20-20-20  water soluble plant food. This feeding causes Dichondra to go crazy with lush new growth, which is my goal. There are never any yellow leaves to pick off, virtually no flowers ( if they are there, I have not seen any), and only hard frost finally shuts Dichondra down for good.
     I experimented by planting Dichondra in the ground, amongst gravel. It loved it ! I did keep it moist, and sprinkled some of my fertilzer on it monthly. The sprawling habit formed a silver netting between rocks, stones and chunks of blue slag glass. Fabulous!
      At Southlands, we now have Dichondra in stock, along with all the ‘other’ annuals . Be sure to pick some up and ‘play’ with it in your containers this season.Apt interior 09 354

April 6, 2010

Dahlia Time

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Now is the time to start dahlia tubers in pots, for planting in the garden in  May. Depending on your frost situation, you must not let young shoots be exposed to night (or daytime) temperatures below about 7C .  Older growth will be hardier, and won’t turn black from frost until autumn.
I pot my dahlia tubers into one or two gallon nursery pots, using a bagged potting soil.  I do this in early April. Tubers should be planted  so that their ‘neck’  is showing or just slighly buried.  When placed in a warm bright window (or  your own greenhouse), the shoots soon emerge.  When the new shoots are about 4″ tall, I always pinch them (remove the centre growth tip )  to make them bushier. Then, I plant them in a sunny spot and hammer  in a strong  stake to  tie them to as they tend to fall over or break if not supported.
For the last two summers, I have been thrilled with buckets full of lovely cut flowers , more than  I can even give away !  Dahlias really deliver !

A GREAT PLACE TO BUY INCREDIBLE (and CHEAP) tubers is at  the Fraser Valley Dahlia Society Tuber Sale .  You will not believe the selection. Imagine a giant bake sale . Then double it.

DATE : April 17th , 2010

Place : George Preston Rec.  Centre 20699  42nd Ave.  Langley, BC        Google Map the address.  You’ll find it !!

9:00 AM - 5PM

Promise yourself to go !!  It is amazing. Vendors come from Washington , as well as BC. This is the way to get varieties not sold in garden centres. There are hundreds of named ones for sale.  Look for ‘Bad Hair Day’, ‘Bedhead’, ‘Hissyfitz’, ‘Maniac’, ‘Zombie Teenager’ , etc.Apt interior 09 261