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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!

December 28, 2013

Impressionism is Alive and Well at Our Farm

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 9:59 pm

Brent took these photos the other day, just before dusk. These are exactly as it was, no ‘photo shop’ – just an amazing foggy dream ! When there is less to see, you see way more……





‘WITCHIE-POO PARK’ is an amazing part of our property. Wind-shattered elm trees create a haunting landscape….. a small stream gurgles at the bottom of the slope. You couldn’t pay me to go there at night. 


A solitary Spruce tree decorates our main meadow. There is no way to tell in this picture, but this tree is at least seventy-five feet tall, and there is a six foot teak garden bench sitting under it…..barely visible in the fog.


Brent finds it ‘cathartic’ to mow acres and acres of grass…. I love the smell ! The hills were already there, but ‘an artist with a caterpillar’, the late Ed Anderlini, sculpted and smoothed out acres of mess into this vision.


Rolling hills are so important to create vistas and visions. Lucky,lucky.lucky!


We used a peach-tan gravel for the driveway, and a split-rail fence guides the eye around the bend. I have planted a few scrambling vines on it at random spots. The purple-leaf grape (Vitus vinifera ‘Purpurea’) has always been one of my favourite plants and has room here to do its thing.

DSCN1029A very large Oak tree was probably planted by the original homesteaders at this farm. I added a grove of Katsura trees (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) in front of it. Some of these  new trees are more than twenty feet tall and were ‘pre-trained’ with a clear trunk. Others were never pruned and retain all their lower branches. These trees are renowned for their fall colour and the lovely scent  (which I cannot smell at all) of their dying leaves. Brent didn’t know about this feature, and wondered how our closest neighbour could be baking so many apple pies day after day !

December 20, 2013

Remembering 2013

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This year was exceptional in many ways. In February, I got to be a guest judge at the Seattle (Northwest) Flower and Garden Show. The next day, Brent joined me on a trip to Middleburg, Virginia. Here I was a guest speaker , with my great Irish garden friend Helen Dillon, at a snazzy plant symposium. Middleburg is a charming, unspoilt stone village of tasteful saddlery shops and The American Dream come to life. Horses are the raison d’etre here, but gardening comes second. Some homes have their own private air strips.
Fabulous weather at home meant great plant growth and lots of bloom. My iris collection continues to blow my mind with colours I never dreamed existed. I feel an addiction in my already addicted veins bubbling wildy !
Our farm , now in year five, is starting to look  more established. We hosted a few huge garden tours this  past summer. The Hardy Plant Group(s) from Oregon,Washington and B.C. were very enthusiastic and excited to see our new garden.Dozens of cars parked on our front pasture (in the rain), and it looked like Woodstock! Many  of this group had been to our old garden/Spanish home in Vancouver over the years, and they loved roaming the 20 acre new project.  Next came the Perennial Plant Symposium and hundreds more plant crazy visitors. I spoke twice at this conference and chummed around with lots of old friends from all over North America. Then, the Pacific Daylily Convention dropped by. These people made the other groups look comatose !! They loved my daylily seedlings and I gave away some exciting seedlings to other daylily growers.
The nursery was crazy busy and fun as always. We heard all about people’s impatiens mysteriously dying, and could only sympathize as this is happening globally.We completely restored our 110 year old commercial greenhouse – something I thought would never happen. But, our local B.C. Greenhouse Builders did a fabulous job of using and matching the original parts to create a safe and more energy efficient structure. My history with B.C. Greenhouse Builders goes way back. They have known me since I was 15 years old. I somehow persuaded my mother to get me a ‘real greenhouse’ back in 1969. She could not afford it whatsoever, but Henry, the owner of the company (who I still know!) allowed her to make monthly payments. I think it was about 75.00 a month, for one year.Since then, I have had 16 greenhouses from them ! I own the record of having had the most greenhouses from them, period. Now the company is run by his charming sons . In the autumn, Brent and I went to England for a gardeny visit with friends.  It was fabulous, and a big relief for me to actually fly on a plane again. I became full of dread, not of crashing, but of screaming babies and loud,coughing,blabbering co-passengers. It turned out to be  an unfounded fear and we had a great trip there and back. Those beds make flying a lot nicer !
I think it has taken me five years to get over my reaction to the copper theft,squatters,white trash,midnight phone calls from the RCMP,trying to have a French Bulldog puppy,moving from our lovely Spanish home, and finding that a dream was waiting to come true after all !
Thank You, Welbutrin .

Thank You, Cipralex.

Thank You, Brent !