TOM SPEAKS
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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....

SOUTHLANDS NURSERY
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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.

STORE INFO
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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!

TOM SPEAKS
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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....

JUST IN
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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.

FAVOURITES
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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.

DAYLILIES
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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!

ORDERING
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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.

BOOKS & PRESS
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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!

August 20, 2014

Summer In The City

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Although our main garden is now  out at the farm in Langley,B.C., Brent and I also love our centrally located Vancouver condo. It literally overhangs Van Dusen Botanical Gardens , separated only by a lake. The all-concrete building is very 70′s, with ridiculous amounts of space .We have two decks, one is 20′ x 20′ and is shown in these pictures.  Every year, I like to experiment with colour, but not using flowers. Coleus  steal the show (as usual) and are fed monthly with 20-20-20 dissolved in water and applied liberally. The orange Coleus is ‘Sedona’ , my favourite of them all. I don’t know the name of the reddish one with the toothed leaf edges. I am nuts about the small orange-flowered begonia. It is called ‘Sparks Will Fly’ and was new in 2013. It has silver-veined foliage and lots of tangerine blooms. This deck receives full sun all day long. It is also on the roof of the building and is very hot.  The plants love it as long as I remember to water (by hand) every two days.DSCN0706  The glass ‘icicles’ light up at night. They are available in many colours, and are $150.00 each with a 12 volt lamp inside, or $99.00 unlit.

The silver trailing plant in this urn and in my long planter is Dichondra. This is a must-have annual- I couldn’t garden without it. My chairs are by Fermob, the famous French patio furniture company.  This model is called ‘Luxembourg’, and available at Southlands Nursery.DSCN0715

Above:  Begonia ‘Sparks Will Fly’ , with Coleus ‘Sedona’

 I love the large-leaved ‘Dusty Miller’ variety ‘Cirrus’, with its bolder, simpler white leaves. It lives through the winters here. I cut it back hard, to encourage fresh, clean growth. It breaks up all the orange with sharp, contrasting blocks of white. The evergreens in the background are in Van Dusen Gardens.

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August 8, 2014

Lavender Hill

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 6:13 am

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In 2012, I decided to recreate  (out at the farm) a vision I’d seen in a French magazine. It was a sunny slope, entirely planted in Lavender. I chose the variety called ‘Hidcote Superior’ because it has done very well for me elsewhere on our farm property. It is a showier dark blue than most other varieties. It clips well and blooms for two months or more. I hired a ‘soil blowing’ company to place 60 yards of topsoil in the  area where the old sod had been removed. This took a couple hours to do, and saved a few people’s backs from a severe workout !016

The soil is delivered under strong pressure and can be directed anywhere. I wanted it about 8″deep.
032I thought planting on an angle would look more interesting than just straight across. This string gizmo was very handy!039

4″ pots were planted 16″apart. They were planted with their shoulders buried slightly with soil, to make sure they didn’t blow away!104048FSCN0454

The tall grass is Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’. I thought it would make a good backdrop for the lavender, and a segue into the lawn area. It is totally drought tolerant and carefree.

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