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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!

October 19, 2012

Here come the Nerines

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 7:43 pm

One of my ‘first-bloom’ Nerine seedlings!  Few things bloom at this time of year that are as exotic !

Gardeners in Zone 8 are fortunate to be able to grow one type of hardy Nerine -  Nerine bowdenii. This bulb is offered for sale at every garden centre in the springtime. It will bloom in the autumn, with bright pink flowers on tall stems.  I began hybridizing this species with less hardy Nerines  in my collection.  I and am now seeing the flowers . It has been four or more  years and it is very exciting!!!!!
There are lots of new, softer colours, wider petals, shorter stems and hopefully hardier  plants (??) ….. I will test some this winter.   I have many dozen , and am starting to sell them at the nursery.  They are in 5″ clay pots, each with several bulbs (of the same plant), and are $19.99 each.  Some nursery visitors have left their phone numbers over the years, hoping I would one day have some special Nerines to sell…..  the time has come !
Ideally, these Nerines need a cool-but-heated greenhouse in our climate. Partially to keep them out of the endless rain of the Pacific Northwest, and also to keep them out of frost while they are in active growth and bloom.  They are originally from South  Africa and we must remember that.  I place them outside in March, by which time they are dying down. They leafless (by then) bulbs need their ‘summer bake’ -  they can be dry all summer, in the sun. Occasional rains keep them plump. I sprinkle one scattering of 14-14-14 slow-release fertilizer on the surface of the pots once a year , around this time.  I don’t know if this is the best time to do this…. but my plants do seem happy. In late autumn the show begins ! The flowering is in October, like clockwork.  I have learned that they prefer to be very crowded in their pots, and splitting bulbs up or dividing them causes them to skip flowering for a year.                    So, don’t re-pot  unless you have to .

October 14, 2012

Tempting,Titillating Tillandsias

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 9:29 pm

We have a fabulous selection of Tillandsias in stock right now. These ‘air plants’ have made a big return to fashion, and they thrive on neglect !
They are native to Mexico, Central and South America, where they are epiphytes , which means they are tree dwellers, not ‘soil’ dwellers. In nature, they like to be on things…. even the telephone wires ….for maximum light and air movement. In the home, try resting a few on a bit of moss (for humidity). Some will last for months or years, some may perish, but it takes them a long time to go. I placed some in a low driftwood bowl on my dining room table last July….. they are all still  happy.
I haven’t ever misted them – they are just sitting there in fairly low light. I am surprised they still look so great in mid-October!

  Tillandsia prices range from $4.00/$5.00 to $50.00 for huge, very rare ones.

These Tillandsias have been sitting on my dining room table for months with zero care. I have never watered, misted or fertilized them. Ever.


October 13, 2012

Fall Feasting

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 11:26 pm

The bright orange fruits of Arum italicum ‘pictum’ add visual interest to the late autumn garden.  They are an interesting addition to this fall vignette.

I grew a big crop of ‘Cinderella’ pumpkins this year . Our 3 months of solid sunshine really helped ! We are selling them at the nursery, as well as many types of  gourds and other pumpkins. Next year I am going to  grow lots more kooky types.

                                                                                   We call this strain of pumpkin ‘PizzaFace’ – it is the # 1 seller !

These tiny little pumpkins are perfect for carving out and planting with a single Viola or Pansy plant, as a dinner table accent or small gift.  We sell them  at 3 for $2.49 uncarved.

Fall is actually a very creative time to garden. A bit more fun, less serious than spring  . Re-do your pots with Kale, Cabbage,Chard, Heucheras…. mossy sticks, hunks of jaggy rock….. surprise the Postman with your wackiness !