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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!

July 14, 2013

A Big Surprise

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 5:11 am

I have never been able to grow Tropaeolum speciosum , the hardy nasturtium . I have purchased little plants several times, been given bits of roots and tried from seed. It just never ‘took’ for me, and I have heard this from many gardening friends as well. Somehow, I transferred it to my new garden in Langley….. maybe with some Solomon’s Seal plants or peonies I moved here from my old garden. It is now well up a large tree and sprouting up randomly here and there. The startling flame red is a welcome bit of brightness in late July, as most of its neighbouring plants have finished blooming. I think this plant wants to be left alone. It sure didn’t want my help. If you ever find it for sale, plant it somewhere shady. It will meander out into the sun on its own. In the autumn, you will be stunned by its strange blue and purple fruits – they are very attractive and unlike any I have ever seen !

We have some vigorous 1 gal. plants for sale (for the first time ever) @ $19.99 each . GRAB ONE !!




July 2, 2013

Tonight at the farm

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 7:14 am


What was once ‘the front pasture’ is now kept neatly mown. A ‘buffer’ of  ‘Hidcote Superior’ lavender and  Calamagrostis ‘Karl Forster’ grasses blur into Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ and Helictotrichon sempervirens (‘Blue Oat Grass’) on a sunny slope. This makes mowing. the flat acres easier with a large tractor .P1020235

  ‘Hakonechloa macra ‘Allgold’ announces steps down to the garden. Hydrangea ‘Blushing Bride’ is a smaller grower, to only about three feet. The lavender-ish roses are a new introduction called ‘Koko Loco’. I love the brown tones that age to lavender of this rose. It blooms all season ,and is fragrant.

The driveway at our farm in Langley,B.C. – so worth the 45 minute drive to get here….P1020217