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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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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 25, 2010

Birds of a feather….

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Kathy Griffin and Us

                    It was beyond a thrill to meet Kathy Griffin recently at the local River Rock Casino in Richmond, B.C.  I have always loved her, going way back before her hit show ‘My Life on the D List’ .  At first, I twigged to the fact that she tried to be annoying and offensive , which made her stand out… made me bond with her .  It is as if  Sandra Bernhardt and  Margaret Cho had a baby who was born with permanent potty mouth. 
                 In this photo, Brent and I are giving her a gift of yummy ‘Dollar Sign’ petit fours from Moore’s Bakery in Kerrisdale . They are inside the ‘book’ she is holding. It is a reproduction antique book box from HOBBS ( our other store). Brent enlarged the cover of Kathy’s book ‘Official Book Club Selection’, and tea stained it to look old.  We wanted to give her something unique and that she (hopefully) wouldn’t throw away or leave in her hotel room.  She loved it !

October 18, 2010

Vonderful Vitis vinifera

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              ‘Walk On By’ seems to be the song written about this fantastic plant. At Southlands, we always have a few of Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’ in stock (because I love this plant) and nobody ever buys them.  The ‘Purple Leaf Grape’ is a truly beautiful small vine for a sunny spot and any soil conditions.  It is slow growing…. at first.  My experience with it is that it takes three years to find its way, then life begins.  Never a monster, this hardy deciduous vine will reach 12′ in time, but is easily pruned and trained any way you want. The foliage is a lovely grape purple (how ironic) all through the spring and summer. In autumn, the purple darkens and takes on a blackish purple sheen. Frosty tempertures turn the foliage lovely shades of yellow and flaming red before falling off.  Very cute, miniature clusters of purple grapes are produced. Although decorative, they don’t taste good at all.  They look great on the vine, or as table decor.
                  I love this plants airy growth habit and self-clinging tendrils. I am training two of them on a split rail fence at my new garden in Langley, BC. I am surprised that the occasional visiting deer have not devoured or even nibbled at them. Roses nearby are often de-budded by  these voracious visitors.
                   The next time you visit Southlands Nursery, don’t ignore this fabulous plant. I had it  at my old house and it was one of the first things I planted at my new place. I would never garden without it ! It’s not new or flashy. It is subtly mesmerizing !  I don’t have much personal interest in so many of the plants we offer -  no matter how nice they are  .  But,  I think that this unsung superstar will be the best $14.99 you ever spent on a vine !Vitis vin.'Purpurea' (4)