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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.

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.

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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!

April 6, 2010

Dahlia Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:22 am

Now is the time to start dahlia tubers in pots, for planting in the garden in  May. Depending on your frost situation, you must not let young shoots be exposed to night (or daytime) temperatures below about 7C .  Older growth will be hardier, and won’t turn black from frost until autumn.
I pot my dahlia tubers into one or two gallon nursery pots, using a bagged potting soil.  I do this in early April. Tubers should be planted  so that their ‘neck’  is showing or just slighly buried.  When placed in a warm bright window (or  your own greenhouse), the shoots soon emerge.  When the new shoots are about 4″ tall, I always pinch them (remove the centre growth tip )  to make them bushier. Then, I plant them in a sunny spot and hammer  in a strong  stake to  tie them to as they tend to fall over or break if not supported.
For the last two summers, I have been thrilled with buckets full of lovely cut flowers , more than  I can even give away !  Dahlias really deliver !

A GREAT PLACE TO BUY INCREDIBLE (and CHEAP) tubers is at  the Fraser Valley Dahlia Society Tuber Sale .  You will not believe the selection. Imagine a giant bake sale . Then double it.

DATE : April 17th , 2010

Place : George Preston Rec.  Centre 20699  42nd Ave.  Langley, BC        Google Map the address.  You’ll find it !!

9:00 AM - 5PM

Promise yourself to go !!  It is amazing. Vendors come from Washington , as well as BC. This is the way to get varieties not sold in garden centres. There are hundreds of named ones for sale.  Look for ‘Bad Hair Day’, ‘Bedhead’, ‘Hissyfitz’, ‘Maniac’, ‘Zombie Teenager’ , etc.Apt interior 09 261

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