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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!

May 25, 2014

A house in the country….

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 7:14 pm

little house old in mud

old little house

Little house old

   This little house in Langley was to become our temporary home while we built a ‘big house’ elsewhere on the property. It is only 1200 square feet, but, as it turns out, that is plenty of room. Brent was our own architect.  Did he miss his calling ? All our renovation plans and his drawings etc were  approved .  Two years ago I created the garden/tableau setting around the house. My goal was a ‘French’ look , casual and low.  The first step was placement of the rocks and loads of soil. I envisioned a ‘Humps and Bumps’ look – as seen in French magazines and strongly influenced by  the late, great French  taste-maker Nicole de Vesian. Langley is very windy and I think colder in winter, so I hoped I had planted hardy plants. The largest globes are Salix purpurea ‘Canyon Blue’, the dwarf Arctic willow.  At the front are mounds of Hebe buxifolia, with assorted boxwoods, thymes,  Stachys lanata (Woolly Lamb’s Ear) and a self-sewn Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ on the left. We felt it was important NOT to use grey gravel – too dreary . Brent found this ‘Peach Shale’ in Alberta and it was easy to get it trucked here. It was still cheaper than paving!!


May 21, 2014

Tour of Beauty

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 4:19 am

One of the greatest joys in all of gardening is the blooming of the Tree Peonies ! Mid-May seems to be peak season for these ephemeral scene-stealers, so don’t plan on any travel or you will miss them! Now that I have lots of space, I have indulged. I ordered several from Song Sparrow Nursery in the U.S. ( they ship to Canada) and am astonished by their beauty. Tree peonies can be inexpensive or expensive. So can wine, cheese or vacuum cleaners! There is a reason. The rarer ones are bound to cost more ($100.00 or so), but are soooo worth it. They are all grafted , and there is only so much material to propagate from. Rare means rare. The colours of these hybrids defy description.  Here’s some blooms I enjoyed this week out at our farm….. the beauty shown below is called ‘Ezra Pound’


DSCN1154A favourite variety of mine is the lovely ‘Nike’. I had a hunch that this would be my favourite, and planted it in a place of honour. This paid off, as it is bigger and has more flowers than any of the others. It s an incredible soft orange/salmon and has a lovely fragrance. I see it as I arrive and as I leave home. DSCN1139 What a colour !! ‘Nike’ is from Song Sparrow Nursery in the U.S. DSCN1144

‘Black Pirate’ is very dark red, even darker in real life. Its flowers hang and nod because they are huge and heavy with petals.


IDSCN1150I brought this yellow tree peony with us when we moved to the country. It is about 15 years old, and is looking a bit woody/tree -like. Be sure not to prune tree peonies. They are supposed to form a small shrub of woody branches. Pruning hard will only cut off all your flower buds !!  This variety loves the light, dappled shade under some high fir trees.DSCN1171‘Tria’ is a lovely lemon yellow variety with a lovely fragrance. It likes lots of sun to bloom.

DSCN1161This big double yellow is called ‘Artemis’ and has lots of huge blooms on a small bush.