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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!

April 27, 2013

My ‘Storage Wars’ Connection

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 4:53 am

I have collected many things over the years, ranging from  daylilies to American art pottery . I collect vintage garden gnomes, paintings by Bloomsbury artist Duncan Grant, old ink bottles, bearded iris, 1950′s Canadian art and lots of other things. Another genre I also like is Vintage Circus Banners ! Imagine my surprise when my latest acquisition appeared on the hit TV show ‘Storage Wars’ in 2012 ! I love looking at these banners on the internet. There are lots of fabulous ones still out there.I remember going to the ‘Side Show’ at the ‘Red River Ex’ in Winnipeg , Manitoba as a child. I actually saw A MAN BECOMES A WOMAN BEFORE YOUR EYES, PENGUIN BOY, THE RUBBER- SKINNED MAN, POOPOO and THE DANCE OF DESIRE and others. It cost twenty-five cents to go into the tent to see all the amazing attractions. i remember the ‘barker’ outside the tent announcing over his hand microphone’ Don’t worry about the neighbours, folks – they’re already inside!’
When I found this fabulous banner for ‘Pumpkin Boy’ for sale in Los Angeles, I knew I had to buy it. For one thing, that was one of my nicknames used by my four older brothers and sisters growing up. My head was unusually large as a child- I still can’t buy a hat that actually fits. I phoned the antique shop that was selling it and bought it at once. It arrived in a few days, and immediately was hung up in our huge workshop out at the farm. I love the face on the nurse holding ‘PumpkinBoy’ !  I love ‘He’s Got Seeds For Brains’ – which I identify with !!  Months later, I was shocked to see Barry Weiss unfolding this very banner in one of his ‘Storage Wars’ lockers !  The episode was called ‘Almost The Greatest Show On Earth’ . Barry found three banners in a locker and took them to an ‘expert’ for an appraisal. I remember that she HATED mine ! She is an idiot – and has no taste !  Barry sold the lot of three to some dealer for  a few thousand dollars – a bargain.  I have read online that aspects of this show are ‘fake’, and that items are planted in some of the lockers.  I do wonder….as I had already bought ‘PUMPKIN BOY’ before the episode aired.P1010742

Another circus banner hanging in our workshop came from ‘Baker’s Dozen Antiques’  in Vancouver, BC. ‘Homicidal Jugulator’ was made for a sword swallower !! It is quite old, probably from the 1930′s. ‘Baker’s Dozen’ had quite a few of these banners about eight years ago. I just missed ‘THIS WAY TO THE GIANT RAT’, which an American department store bought. Rats. I did get a 10′ x10′  ‘EXOTIC NIGHTS OF WONDER’, which is an Arabic scene for belly dancers  !  I also got one saying ‘VICTOR/VICTIM, with arrows pointing two different directions.  I gave these to Brent for Christmas that  year, and he enjoys looking at them every time he takes his tractor out !



April 22, 2013

Good Things Come In Threes !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 4:00 am

P1010593TRILLIUMS are special treats that wait for you….to become a true gardener. Their charm is understated, but strongly seductive. I have collected several different types over the years, and am not absolutely certain of their exact names. Any Trillium is a must-have ! We have quite a few for sale this Spring , and they are priced at $24.99 and up.

Shown below is a fabulous and very rare double-flowered Trillium in my garden . If you ever find one for sale, anywhere in the world, expect to pay at least $100.00 for it.



We have lots of Trilliums for sale at the  nursery this Spring . The photo below is of  Trillium kamtschaticum , an Asian species that does very well here. It has large, showy flowers and quickly forms a happy clump.  These are $24.99 in bloom.


We also have some plants of Trillium luteum this year. These have spectacular foliage, and will grow to about 15″ tall. They also form a nice clump, that only gets more fabulous every year ! The flowers are subtle, but stunning.  These plants are $14.99  and will bloom next year.