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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!

March 15, 2011

My favourite plant !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 11:07 pm

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'                 I remember the first time I ever laid eyes on Podophyllum delavayi . I was an overnight guest at my good friend Dan Hinkley’s house at his (sadly) now closed Heronswood Nursery near Seattle. I was allowed to look in the ‘off-limits’ private greenhouses, which were literally a treasure trove of rarities. It was late February, and the choicest Hepaticas, Hellebores and lots of unfamiliar plants were in bloom inside the  cool , opaque polyfilm tunnels. When my eyes fell upon the velvety, patterned leaves of whatever it was, I bellowed out ‘Oh My God’ or something similar. From outside, and dozens of feet away I heard Dan reply ‘I know what you’re looking at!’
                It was two plants of Podophyllum delavayi. The most beautiful leaf I have ever seen.(And I have seen a lot of leaves). Dan had brought them back from Japan (although they evolved in China).  I had to have one. Eventually , Dan got me one from Japan, and I still have it.
               As the years went by, other people got hold of this wonderful plant, and it was eventually cloned ! Just like ‘Dolly The Sheep’ .  The selected plant to be cloned was a very good one for patterning and rich colouration, and was named ‘Spotty Dotty’ by Terra Nova Nurseries, who introduced it to the trade.  It was not an easy plant to clone, not inexpensive,  and is now very hard to find….. nearly impossible.  The irony is that it is easy to grow in a shady spot or in a pot. My best plant is in a pot and escapes slug damage this way.  Podophyllums are a very interesting group of plants for Zone 7 or 8 gardeners – you have to have one. And then another….
                                 As I write this (mid-March) , we have six wonderful plants of ‘Spotty Dotty’ for sale, at $49.99 each . 

March 2, 2011

Courageous Camellias !

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Camellia 'Pink Diddy'

                                All of us in the Pacific Northwest have had a horrible winter . Three big (for us) snowfalls and record low temperatures on some days have been depressing ! Yet, the chubby buds of camellias are opening and seem almost suicidal in their genetic clocks.  But Mother Nature must know best……..            

                                                                                   CLICK ON EACH IMAGE TO SEE  THE  NAME OF EACH VARIETY      Camellia 'Silver Waves'Camellia 'Nuccio's Pearl'Camellia 'Kramer's Supreme'Camellia 'Donation'
                              When well-placed, Camellias survive our worst and put on a show that defines obliviousness – in a beautiful way. So, think about a spot you may have that is under an eave, by the front porch, against a garage wall or anywhere not out in the open to position a Camellia .  Some shelter from destructive rain and snow will save the flowers from being destroyed in their moment of glory. I have seen Camellias trained flat against a wall by a staircase . This covered the ugly concrete and also gave a close-up treat to everyone visiting. Camellias like to be a bit shaded from hot summer sun, and not allowed to get dry.
                              We have the best selection of Camellias in right now that we have ever had !!! Everything from 1 gallon pots to 15 gallon plants 4′-5′ high. Priced from $19.99 to $99.00 each.