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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!

September 25, 2012

Dahlias from seed !!

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 7:58 pm


I love growing things from seed , but have never tried growing dahlias this way .  Last October, I was digging up and cleaning up my dahlia bed out at the farm.   I wondered if any of the dried, ugly flowerheads had any seeds in them….so I pocketed one . Just one.  It was from a big peachy orange cactus type called ‘Wynn’s Sensation’ , possibly my favourite. I remember picking through the chaff  ( = dried crap) and thinking the odd bit might be a seed and putting it aside.  Those  ‘odd bits’  looked like thin, hooked, slightly anorexic sunflower seeds. I found ten of them .  This spring I sowed the seeds together in an 8″ pot in my heated greenhouse. I got 8 big seedlings and planted them in a row in the sun…. and look what I got !  Every one of them is fabulous !    I am not a qualified dahlia judge…. but I am keeping them all for sure. Quite a different story than with my hundreds of daylily seedlings. Or my orchids (still waiting to bloom after 11 years) . These dahlias are really nice . They are upright and strong , with  very long stems.  Needless to say,  very soon I am going to scrounge for more  dried flowerheads , and grow lots more dahlias  from seed !!  Go and check your plants right now, and don’t cut off every spent flower.
The bees have left some special gifts  for you if you want them.


September 11, 2012

Eva Gabor, where are you?

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 10:48 pm


About five years  ago, Brent and I began our search for a country property.  We settled on (South) Langley, B.C., and often drove by this enchanting property………..but kept on looking, as it was not for sale.
Relatively intact old farm houses like this are very rare in our area. Almost all have been torn down or renovated into hideous mutations of what they once were.
I bet this house has lots to say….and all of it is good . You can just tell .

I still spend half my time in Vancouver, working most days at the nursery. I don’t mind (no,really, I don’t) the 45 minute drive to my other life.  Great music, lovely car, no cops to be seen…..I can think.
Away from gardening questions….. people trying to use expired Groupon coupons, telephone cold calls selling credit card management systems…… yum.

I see a new kind of beauty on these roads. It is so authentic and uncontrived I feel like a visitor from another galaxy.  I  vow to photograph the old barns, rows of poplars, baby cows  and roadside signs for free range eggs, but am in a rush to get to my new place and so I keep on driving.
‘I wish I had my camera !’ means I now keep one in my car for the commute home.
From time to time I plan to post a few pictures  here of my neighbourhood – and maybe plant a seed in your head to make the move/ the clock is ticking/you only live once/where did the time go?