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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!

July 7, 2014


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DSCN1311‘Faux Bois’ is a French term meaning ‘False Wood’ , and is a bit of a lost art . I bought this pair of wonderful antique planters at an auction in Philadelphia, and had them shipped to me in Vancouver. The shipping cost as much as I paid for planters (!!!) , but they are very unique and worth it! They are very heavy, being made of concrete. I have long admired the wonderful, handmade faux bois railings used everywhere in Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. There are garden benches, birdbaths, seats, bird cages and garden bridges made in this charming style. Look online at auctions to find ‘faux bois’ pieces. Don’t let Martha Stewart get them all !

DSCN1326I put an upside-down 5 gallon nursery pot inside my stump to occupy space and replace soil – which should prevent the pots from freezing and cracking.


The ‘arms’ of my stumps each were deliberately partially blocked with styrofoam chunks to prevent soil from washing down the middle.

DSCN1329These large pots (1 gallon size) of the very hardy ‘Hen and Chicks’ (Sempervivums) would be perfect for my project. I envisioned each pot filling each arm of my stumps.

DSCN1327The root mass of each Sempervivum was a bit too large for the openings, so I  removed about 1/3rd of it and pushed and twisted each clump into position.

DSCN1336The colours and forms of the Sempervivums really look great when displayed this dramatically. They need virtually no care, live through the coldest winters and have replaced tender succulents like Echeverias in my garden creations. I added a couple ‘Woolly Thyme’ ¬†(Thymus pseudolanguinosis) to the top openings in each stump. I like the shaggy tumble of grey foliage this plant makes when grown in pots.





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