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!

July 2, 2014

Canada Day at the farm

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 6:19 am

A statutory holiday like Canada Day (July 1st) means an extra day off to millions of Canadians, including me. I did lots of hand watering out at our farm, and remembered to have my camera nearby.  This clump of Japanese Iris , Iris ensata, was planted about four years ago as a bare root single division. I am going to find out the name of this cultivar and add it to this posting , I promise. Our second family of baby ducks has arrived. There are about twelve adorable ducklings hovering around their mother, but I missed them today.Stay tuned !

DSCN0260Hydrangea aspera ‘Plum Passion’ is a recent introduction from Dan Hinkley/Monrovia Nursery. I was very very very excited when Dan emailed me a photo of the original cuttings he took of this selection. Now it thrives in my woodland garden in Langley.Nobody thought it would be hardy, but it sure is. The purple-tinged new foliage is a knockout ! In only two years it has reached 6′ x 6′ . It seems very happy in semi-shade and moist soil.

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Our man-made lake drains into this little creek, which was already there. I started planting it, including all the Skunk Cabbages (Lysichiton americanum) only one year ago. I finally acquired a few plants of the much rarer white- flowered Skunk Cabbage, (Lysichiton camschatensis) by grovelling, begging, extorting from the few people I knew who had some.This was my # 1 most wanted plant.  I hope the yellows and the whites will hybridize and create some dreamy, creamy children. I saw these at Beth Chatto’s influential and humbling  garden in England years ago, and my brain never got over them! Other moisture-loving perennials planted here include Darmera peltata and different types of Rodgersia, Primula, and a nice dark-leafed Actaea (Cimicifuga) ‘Hillside Black Beauty’.

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Seedlings of  ’candlabra-type’ primula are popping up by the thousand ! Mother Nature knows exactly how to do this…. I couldn’t get germination like this if I tried ! I am plucking out little clumps and planting them  in moist shady spots all around our lake.

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