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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 14, 2013

What’s Missing ? Flowers !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 3:12 am

P1010867This little area of my new garden at our farm in Langley , B.C. is going to be one year old this summer !! Yes, ONE year old. I wanted to create a ‘French look’ , which I have long admired in gorgeous books and magazine articles. I used ‘easy’  plants, like Hebes, dwarf  boxwoods, a small-leaved willow (Salix purpurea ‘Nana’), woolly lamb’s ear (Stachys lanata), thymes, and the star of all, the cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) rising in a sculptural silver fountain. An important element of this garden is the gravel. It is not grey. It is a soft pinky -tan colour, and is called  ’peach shale’. Our local landscape yard used to sell it, in two different sizes. Now they don’t. I guess it was too attractive. But, my partner Brent got us four truckloads of it (by begging) brought directly to us from Alberta. It looks better than our dreary local ‘crush’ gravel – we have lots of grey days already. For soil, we dumped lots of purchased ‘topsoil’ and composted mushroom  manure in situ, to raise the land up about one foot. I am relatively lazy, and did not dig it in. I like to plant on a ‘nice pie’ and always find it easiest to plant impulsively with no plan or drawing whatsoever. That is letting creativity flow . The plants fall together intuitively and I never second guess placement. It is like oil painting – each dab of paint is final. Fussing and torturing yourself with shifting and re-doing things kills creativity. So,  make yourself a ‘ jin toneek’ and create a French gravel garden of your own somewhere in the sun!

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