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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!

July 29, 2010

Magnolia grandiflora Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 6:35 pm

         High summer and warm temperatures bring forth the astonishingly beautiful pure white flowers of Magnolia grandiflora.  This  is the evergreen magnolia that is native to the southern United States. It is the only evergreen species of magnolia grown in our area , but comes in several varieties. All possess the huge white flowers, but varieties vary in overall size, leaf shape and growth habits. Theyare all incredibly fragrant, with a light lemony scent that is not overwhelming. It is a transcendant experience to stick your face into one of these enormous flowers and close your eyes……
         Magnolias are very ancient plants, somehow surviving while many other plants became extinct. They are virtually disease and pest free. The evergreen magnolias evolved in an area with infrequent (or non-existant) snowfalls. They don’t handle heavy snow loads on their branches very well….. you must shake it off or they will break !  In the Pacific Northwest, our snow is usually very wet and heavy and is catastrophic to these trees if left in place. Hello sleepless nights ! Magnolia grandiflora grows and flowers best in full sun. It will grow in shade, but will be ‘looser’ and flower less, if at all. I have seen these trees espelliared against walls (in England), where they receive extra shelter in winter and a summer baking that they love.
          Some of the varieties we sell include :
‘Little Gem’
       A dwarf variety, with all aspects and habits of the regular types only at about 1/2 the size. Flowering is very heavy, with 6″-8″ flowers produced on most branch tips in July and August. My own experience with this plant is that needs a warmer spot and  guaranteed shelter in winter. Full sun is a must. Growth is twiggy, bushy and never over 20′, usually less.

D.D. Blanchard
       One of the very best varieties.
The reverse side of the foliage is a rich rusty brown, being covered in a soft, suede-like ‘indumentum’, or fuzz.  The flowers are 12″ across, strongly fragrant and produced randomly all summer. Eventual height is said to be 50′, but in our area I would say more like 30′ in a lifetime.

Bracken’s Brown Beauty
      A compact grower, with tighter foliage with a bold cinnamon brown undersides. Abundant flowers are only 5″-6″ across and produced all summer. These smaller types are better suited to  big pots on decks etc if placed in  a sheltered spot. Extra cut branches make stunning wreaths !

Saint Mary
        I have noticed that this variety is very gangly when young. It seems to be very popular though. Perhaps because it is so fast growing-  (2′-3′ per season), even in a pot. The flowers are very large and so are the leaves. Old (last years’) foliage turns bright yellow on all varieties, and falls off constantly. This is messy ! But the beauty of these plants outweighs this one drawback and more than compensates for any cleanup needed.

                                                                                             Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
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July 8, 2010

Summer Sensations !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:31 am

               Finally, sunny weather and warm temperatures have arrived ! Perennials have been waiting for this….. and here is one that was a big surprise hit for me.
               Last year (2009), I planted one pathetic, unsalable scraggly hardy geranium on a sunny bank out in Langley. I thought it might die from no water, no anything !   Suddenly, it went beserk and grew into an incredible mound of very double soft pinky/blue flowers that must be three feet tall and three feet across !  What a terrific plant !
              Today I found out its name! it is Geranium pratense ‘Summer Skies’, and we have them to sell. It is always exciting for me to discover something new, and something I like! I can vouch for this plant . It must be really hardy -  my area is quite cold and windy in winter.  I have never had to stake it, trim it or fertilize it.  After a month of flowering madly, it is  just starting to show brown on the flowers and I see myself sheering it back soon…..
       I will keep you posted on what happens to it then !   A one  gallon pot  is $14.99 .

   Geranium 'Summer Skies'

                              Geranium pratense ‘Summer Skies’  in full bloom  in its second year. The fence is atleast 4′ tall !  This plant gets big !