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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.

SOUTHLANDS NURSERY
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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.

STORE INFO
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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!

TOM SPEAKS
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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....

JUST IN
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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.

FAVOURITES
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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.

DAYLILIES
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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!

ORDERING
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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.

BOOKS & PRESS
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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 29, 2010

Primula Auricula Alert !!

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 10:12 pm

I have been enamoured with these charming, hardy perennials for over 25 years.  They are happy in 4″ clay pots their entire lives.  No other plant on earth comes in such a range of colours. True blue, true green (!!!), brown, red, yellow, grey, white, orange, yellow, purple, black … have I missed any ?   In England and Scotland, entire shows have been devoted just to ‘auriculas’ since the 1720′s.  They still are. People built ‘auricula theatres’ onto their stately homes . These elaborate outdoor stages were to display their auricula collection, for admirers to gaze at. I think that is so much better than today’s equivalent of a home theatre!! Auriculas or ‘Avatar’  - your choice !!
We have a wonderful selection of blooming- size primula auricula plants in stock right now . Many are named varieties .  Some are generic seedlings blooming for the first time . All are lovely. They have  a sweet ‘grandmother’ perfume, and bloom from March until June.  A sandy soil mix suits them best, and small clay pots prevent overwatering.  You can leave them outside all year, as cold doesn’t bother them. The finest types have a lovely white ‘meal’ or ‘paste’ in a ring on the flower’s surface or petal edges.. These types are best sheltered from hard rain as it spoils their amazing  appearance. Some varieties have leaves that are completely dusted with this white meal, and also like to be protected from the rain.
The majority of primula auriculas have plain green leaves and can easily be grown in the garden as well.  As ‘front of the border’ subjects, they perform effortlessly for years and years. Think about planting some for cut flowers - they aren’t longstemmed, but work well in little bouquets !
All of ours are only $4.websitemagazines1 24899 each !

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