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....

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 22, 2012

Consider The Lily….

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:00 am

WOW!! look at  these gigantic lily bulbs we’ve got ! I LOVE lilies -  when I was a florsit, they were my favourite flower .  I remember doing a big wedding for an absolute hag, and filling the hotel ballroom with lilies. I loved it, she became a pollen victim. How tragic.  But, I digress….
In this photo, a ‘normal’ lily bulb is at the top of my hand. It will bloom and be lovely. Next year, it will be bigger, also. But, compare it to these grown-in-Washington monster bulbs !!  We have about five varieties in stock .  They are $7.99 each – a bargain.
Lilies are hardy across Canada. Plant them in lots of sun. a not-too-rich soil suits them best. Sandy clay is great !  Super rich, yummy soil creates soft growth and eventual disappearances…..   lilies like a hard life.

 

March 9, 2012

Winter’s Little Miracles

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 1:28 am

These little seedlings are Hellebores ! You might notice some right now, under your mature helleborus . Go look !
I cannot  tell you how many times I have tried growing Hellebores from very expensive,special seeds…. imported from Germany, England and the U.S.
I never, ever got them to sprout. Mother Nature sure knows how to do it !    Here’s how she does it…..
Hellebore seeds ripen and fall to the ground in early summer. They sit there all season,   nobody covers them. They then freeze and thaw a few times and voila- a Chia Pet pops up ! It is usually January when this happens.  Each of these little seedlings will need to be transplanted and left to grow for three years. It will then bloom .  Some will  have flowers resembling Mommy, but there will be great variation as each is a unique clone – with its own DNA.  It is fun and rewarding to raise your own crop this way.  You can give them away to friends and neighbours, school plant sales etc.

Snowdrops are one of nature’s best anti-depressants. ‘Welbutrin’  without a prescription ! All you need to do is see some  snowdrops and you feel better .
The effect is magnified multiple times if they are on your own property .  This clump shown here is only about five years old . It started as a 4″ pot of 3 or 4 bulbs, done blooming and of not much appeal.  We pop them in the ground here and there and forget about them.
Now we have charming little colonies dotted about. They are true survivors, crammed into pavement corners and even at some table bases.
Their optimism is what I really like, and trust. Yes, Spring really is coming ! They know what they’re doing.
Driving about town at this time of year is exciting because of Snowdrop Spotting ! There are yards full of them , but  even more cases of the snowdrop-deprived. The lost humans, the Super Bowl watchers.
These are the bleak tombs of the unchosen. These are the houses with the drapes closed. These are the sad people.
In England, there are ‘Snowdrop Snobs’ . They are beyond obsessed – travelling for miles and paying huge amounts for new curiosities , unusual snowdrops, rare mutations and spontaneous cuties. Good for  them ! I will not become one , but understand the passion.