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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!

September 19, 2010

Tne Next Time You’re in Paris…..

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 10:41 pm

                 You have to go to the ‘Marche aux Puces’ flea market . This exhausting labyrinth of antique and ‘brocante’ dealers is easy to reach by subway.  Just figure out that your destination is the ‘Porte de Cliquencourt’ – the end of the line (for the correct train) – and get out once there.                                                            

                                                                                              Southlands Nursery version'Flea Market' Style (2) Follow the throngs to the flea market. You cannot go wrong.  Wade your way past luggage shops and tacky stands selling jeans until you realize you are surrounded by funky old stuff !  Keep your hands on your wallet or purse, but don’t be afraid to buy! There are shippers right there who will take care of everything. They make it easy and couldn’t survive without us dumb tourists. I had to buy a chicken -wire -doored library bookcase eight feet tall, and used a company called ‘Hedley’s Humpers’ to send it to Vancouver. Even with freight, it was less than one-half the price it would be in a fabulous antique shop in North America.
              This has been my inspiration to recreate a French flea market in one part of Southlands Nursery!  I have been scouting for tasteful reproductions of flea market type stuff…. and throwing in a few random treasures from my personal stash.  It is a casual jumble of well-priced decorating debris!
              With winter approaching, we need to think of our indoor set-dec…. especially when you live in a rainy place like Vancouver.

September 5, 2010

It’s Bulb Time !

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Tulip Havran                                                                                                                        Tulip ‘Havran’

 Tulip 'Mascotte'                                                                                                                        Tulip ‘Mascotte’

 Tulip 'Tres Chic'                                                                                                                     Tulip ‘Tres Chic’

 Tulip Spring Green                                                                                                                  Tulip ‘ Spring Green’

Tulip 'Apricot Beauty'                                                                                                                   Tulip ‘Apricot Beauty’

                Tulip Black Hero                                                                                                                        Tulip ‘Black Hero’

                                                                                          Tulip Beauty Queen                                                                                                                   Tulip ‘Beauty Queen’

Bulb Room

                  It seems early, but our bulbs have arrived and that means fall is really here !  It is not a bad idea to buy your bulbs early in the season, while they are fresh, not mixed up, and the selection is huge.  At Southlands, we only offer #1 Top Size bulbs in each category.  Like everything, bulbs are graded and the best bulbs are bigger. Smaller bulbs are usually still fine, but are sold to mass marketers and chain stores, who only care about low prices, not quality. We love them for this. From what I am hearing, they ain’t even cheap anymore.
                                    I am just going to mention a few  varieties  that  we have this year …..
    Who knows if these mentioned varieties will still here if and when you should visit us, but there will still be a fine selection of all types of bulbs well into November.
               There are some wonderful NEW Tulips this year.  I am intrigued by one called ‘Mascotte’. This tulip has very fringed double pink flowers that look toothed -  the 1/2″  fringe is pronounced and tipped in white.   A new very dark grape purple tulip called ‘Havran’  has caught my eye. I think it would look great planted with the even darker purple ‘Queen of the Night’ for a ‘colour echo’ effect.  ‘Flaming Spring Green’ was here last year, but it  is still new in my book.  It is an elegant white variety, with apple green blushed petals and occasional red stripes. ‘Spring Green’ is my all-time favourite tulip. Surely you know it by now ? The freshest combo of apple green on white – a  customer favourite everywhere.
        Have you ever planted my always-recommended variety ‘Beauty Queen’ ?  This is a big peachy/orange single tulip that comes back year after year.  One of the best for cutting, tasteful colour and longevity, ‘Beauty Queen’ looks great planted with ‘Apricot Beauty’, its paler rival, for a pleasant combo. ‘Black Hero’ is a double very dark purple tulip that looks like a sport of ‘Queen of the Night’ , the legendary ‘Black Tulip’. It would be fun to plant them together, and mix in some of the startling white ‘Calgary’ or the double-flowered white ‘Mondial’  for an  experiment in ‘ integrated’ gardening .  
                                               Next Up :   Narcissus I have loved…..

September 4, 2010

Autumn is for Rhododendrons

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R. Loderi 'King George' (4)

                                                                       Rhododendron x Loderi ‘King George’

                 With cooler weather arriving, we have just received another interesting shipment of Rhododendrons !
  The most interesting/fabulous/stupifying/incredible one in this load is the one pictured above, Rhododendron Loderi ‘King  George’ . 
   That is my hand in the photo, to show scale .   The flowers are enormous, and so is the plant.  This is a big growing beauty,
so you must allow  lots of space if you are one of the lucky 30 who get one this time. 
             R. Loderi ‘ King George’ is fabulously fragrant ! It is really strongly scented of something delicious, but I don’t know what! 
  We have a plant in the ground here at the nursery, and it hypnotizes everyone who walks by it in the spring. 
Our plant is about 12′ across and 12′ high in 15 years. It will get twice that big in fifty years.
     The foliage is also very large and evergreen, with a tinge of purple/blue to it.  
         If you think you deserve this plant, have $49.95  (and have lots of room), get here fast.