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!

May 23, 2010

Do you really need a lawn ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — @ 6:29 pm

     Driving around Vancouver this spring has often made my jaw drop.  Not just the usual horrors and pleasures, but the new visions of bombed-out lawns . The European chaffer beetle attack has caused crows to go crazy tearing up lawns.  It is the grubs they are after, and there must be millions of them, judging by the damage.
     So, maybe nature is telling us to plant differently. Plant a lawn alternative. There are plenty of groundcovers that would create a new texture, a hipper overall look, and not attract the chaffer beetle. 
       I drive by one house every day that has done a clever job of low maintenance lawn alternative using  the ground-hugging Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’ . This hardy perennial forms a thick carpet that is drought tolerent and fairly evergreen.  Growth is so thick and solid (in sun), that weeds etc cannot easily penetrate its tight shag surface.  It is also  a very interesting texture of tight feathers, and a unique colour. New leaves poke out green, but turn gun-metal grey/purple quickly.  A sophisticated colour that combines well with rock and concrete.
     Being low and dense, Leptinella can stand light foot traffic.  Constant wear will show, so consider paving stones in high traffic areas. If doing a mass planting, it is more economical to saw your purchased plants in half . Just remove them from each 4″ pot and cut them sideways all the way through into two halves.  They won’t mind ! Regrowth is so fast, you won’t be able to tell they were cut in a week !  You may also cut them into quarters.  These smaller sections are perfect for fitting between pavers.  Water often if the weather is hot and sunny, but soon they will knit together and take care of themselves.new 122  4″ pots are $3.99 each.  Plan on one plant  (or plant section ) per square foot. Watch for weeds for the first year or so.

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