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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 15, 2011

Solar lanterns are here !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 7:25 pm

We love these new solar lanterns , and so do our customers! They are made of fabric (not paper) and look great hanging in trees or sitting on the patio table. We have lots of styles and colours…..in square shapes, rounds, teardrops and long pods !
The  round shape lanterns are available in green, red, blue, white, yellow and orange, and are priced at $24.95 each.
We also carry ‘silk effect’ square and  teardrop lanterns in gorgeous metallic/sheer shades of gold, green, white and gunmetal grey. These lanterns sell for $29.95 each.
The clever design incorporates a small solar panel in the top of the lantern that turns itself on at dusk and off at dawn. A small LED light produces a glow that adds fun to summer evenings.


July 2, 2011

Creative Containers

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       With the planting season being soooo late this  year, you really do still have time to plant your pots . Lots of annuals are now for sale in bigger sizes , which helps to create a ‘finished’ product with less waiting. Instant beauty !
       I think the most important rule in container planting is too avoid the ordinary.
       The second most important rule is to limit your colour pallet.
So, when you go plant shopping, remember these two rules. You will have a better looking end result for sure. Otherwise, you will end up with what I call ‘the gas station look’ , or  ’a pizza’ .  Two of the worst examples are right across the street from my Kerrisdale gift store on West 41st Ave in Vancouver. I am amazed every time the owner replants the  wooden boxes in front of their business. Surely this is some game the Great Puppeteer is playing with me ? Gas station X  Pizza = Sign of the Apocolypse ?
                                           This lightweight ‘Fibreclay’ planter features the new black  petunia  ’Black Magic’ , purple-flowering Cerinthe major, a  
         metallic silvery- toned Alocasia,  and a few silver aluminum wire balls.

It is important that all containers have drain hole(s) . There are no exceptions. Well, maybe for water plants. Rain and watering will otherwise build up and cause roots to rot (and stink).  I still like to put a lot of styrofoam peanuts in the bottom of pots.  The weight is decreased as you use less soil. Roots do investigate these peanuts and seem to cling to them. Roots need air, too.  Make sure that your  styrofoam peanuts are ‘the bad kind’ that don’t decompose. Lots of packing peanuts are now made from starch instead of plastic. Starch melts away when wet. So, lick a peanut and see if it melts. If it does, don’t use them as they will clog your pots’ drain hole and the whole drainage of your pot will be blocked.
         Use a bagged soil of your choice….. not garden soil.  Bagged soil is free of bugs and weed seeds etc. At  Southlands, we have our own potting soil made for us. It includes slow release fertilizer and plants love it.  A 40 L bag is$12.99 , 20L bags are $8.99 .
           Arrange your plants artistically, usually with taller  plants toward the back and ‘spillers’ up front. If your pot is to be viewed from all sides, avoid a central cliche like a dracaena (‘Spikes’ or Cordyline)  right in the middle. Instead, put three other plants in a cluster in the centre and build around them. It could be a groovy dark leaved dahlia with a small Phormium (New Zealand Flax) and a grass ( I love Carex elata ‘Bowle’s Golden’). The same fountain effect , but  more visual interest.
             Remember to water. Often. Pots become coffins if they dry out even once. Fertilize with 20-20-20 ( a powder that you mix with water) every two weeks.  Annuals are heavy feeders as they know their time is limited….. and so is our summer, so hope to see you soon !

                        This lightweight fibreclay container contains Fuchsia ‘Gartmeister Bonstedt’, Heuchera ‘Sweet Tea’ , mini petunia (calibrachoa) ’Apricot Punch’, Begonia ‘Bonfire’, Oxalis volcanicoa, (yellow) Carex flagellifera (brown ‘grass’) and Iresine (striped leaf).

                              Our French garden furniture in ‘Paprika’ orange is in stock . 
                                       Chairs are
  $149.00 each, 4 or more @ $125.00 , 6 or more @ $100.00 ea.  
                                             Tables come in three sizes :
                                      24″ round or square are $249.00 
                                     30″ round or square are $299.00 .
                  The quality is superb. Each is powder coated and folds up flat. We have nine colours to choose from including black, white, dark green, lime green, turquoise, navy, tan, purple, teal, army green, and brown.