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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.

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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!

October 21, 2010

The Amaryllis are here !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 11:04 pm

Amaryllis 'Papillio' 2010
                  The phrase ‘Shop Early for Best Selection’ goes in one ear and comes out the other….it is so overused. When it comes to Amaryllis bulbs it really is good advice.  The selection goes down the longer you wait, and by mid November all the interesting varieties are usually sold out.  The photo shown here is of Amaryllis ‘Papillio’ , probably the most beautiful of them all.  Always in short supply due to worldwide demand, this unusual amaryllis is evergreen - it doesn’t die down! The dark green strappy leaves remain healthy and happy all year.  All the other amaryllis bulbs need a rest period. This confuses people at the best of times… and now an evergreen one ??
             My way of saving amaryllis from year to year is simple, and based on how they grow in South Africa, their original home.  So, after your amaryllis is done flowering , it needs to make its big strappy leaves in order to make food (through photosynthesis) and rebuild itself after putting on that fabulous show of blooms. You need to help it by giving it some plant food and growing it in a  brightly lit window in a warmish room. Any plant food will do -  Miracle Gro, 20-20-20, Schultz etc.   The leaves are not very attractive, but they work for the plant and need to eat something – so fertilize often.   When it is really warm outside, probably late May, put the whole thing, pot and all, outdoors under a tree or somewhere shady (at first).  Gradually expose the plant to more sun, and forget about it until autumn. Usually, it dies down and looks dead by then. But, it is just resting.
                In October, clean it up (remove old leaves etc) and possibly repot it if it looks crowded or unhappy. Then grow it  in a bright window and wait for a fantastic show of flowers , just like the year before.  If you don’t get any, you didn’t fertilize it enough and it is mad at you .  Try again next year !

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