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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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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!

November 24, 2011

Preserved Boxwood is HOT !

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:16 am

These topiaries and wreaths are made of real boxwood that has been treated and dyed to last indefinitely indoors. Because they are made out of real foliage from real plants, they are very convincing !
Each tiny sprig is hand inserted into a form/frame/ball and painstakingly crafted (in China,of course) to create an attractive addition to your indoor decor.  Care : dust can be blown off, but an occasional spritz with water from a spray bottle will freshen them and do no harm. Don’t drench them, just a fine mist once every few months will keep them looking fresh. Avoid direct sunlight, as they will fade to a lighter green in full, constant sun.

Little topiaries are in the $35.00- $50.00 range. Perfect for the dining room table . Wreaths and hearts are $24.95 to $95.00.  Life-size boxwood cubes and topiaries are also available.

November 17, 2011

It’s time !

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We are in full decorate mode now that the cedar rope has arrived ! This year the rope (garland) is exceptionally full and doesn’t need to be doubled to get a full effect ! In the above photo, Grant and Barry are using only one layer to get the look we like . Also showing in this picture are the hottest new Christmas lights – the pulsating LED icicles ! We don’t sell them, but learned the hard way to get them when you see them !  Most ‘Big Box’ stores had them and are now sold out. Try smaller hardware/lumber stores and you may get lucky.

Cedar rope garland is $75.00 for a 50′ roll , or
any length can be cut for you @ $2.00 per foot.

November 12, 2011

The halls are just the beginning !

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Every so often, we get asked to participate in decorating an entire house for Christmas ! This is usually a charity fundraising event,and lots of fun. It allows us to be creative and work without a budget, as we donate everything for the event. The ‘Kids Phone Helpline’ was our beneficiary the last two years. Tickets are sold and people tour a group of homes decorated to inspire! The pictures shown here are of our collaboration with our friend, interior designer Margot Jagger. Teal blue and white was the theme. A limited colour scheme always looks best. I wanted to be different from the other houses, and used fruit and vegetables instead of flower arrangements. The dining room table centrepiece was a ball of miniature artichokes ! The sideboard was a ball of tiny mandarin oranges. These lasted for weeks . The whole house looked great !

‘Tis The Season

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We are getting the nursery into the Holiday Season Spirit (a.k.a. Christmas) with lots of great decorating ideas and materials. It is time to pot some Amaryllis bulbs if you want them to bloom for late December. Or, you can buy pre-grown ones that are already showing a blooming stalk or two. These eliminate the guesswork and timing, but are somehow less exciting to watch grow and bloom.
I like to put two or three pots or bulbs together in one larger container for a real ‘Wow’ effect. The huge flowers can be heavy and cause stems to fall over. Tie a nice ribbon or some raffia around the clump to prevent this from ruining your display. Most people can’t be bothered saving Amaryllis from year to year. But, if you want to, they can be rebloomed every year by following these tips:

Let your Amaryllis flower all its stalks. Larger bulbs produce three stalks, so they are worth a bit more $$.

Allow your plant to produce its large strappy leaves. These are the ‘food factories’ for the bulb, and you must fertilize during this active growth period. The bulb is depleted and exhausted from its fabulous flower display it just produced for you. Use any plant food you want to (20-20-20 is great), dissolved in  the water you give to your Amaryllis, every other week.

Grow indoors in a warm, bright window all winter. In late Spring, place the unattractive scraggly plant outside in the sun. Leave it in its pot. The warmth and heat of the summer sun with allow it go dormant (all the leaves turn yellow). Let it dry . Nature will do everything else.

In September/October , clean it up. Remove old dry foliage and look for slugs etc. You might repot but you don’t have to. If you fertilized faithfully, your bulb will be chubby and ready to flower again indoors that winter . And, you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done !