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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.

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!

November 11, 2010

Peony planting time?

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 12:27 am

           Late autumn is an ideal time to move or plant herbaceous peonies. They are fully dormant and ‘feel no pain’ at this time of year. At Southlands, we have just received a shipment of extra-large peony roots that we have potted into big nursery pots.  These divisions were all locally grown here in British Columbia and have at least six ‘eyes’ (dormant shoot buds) instead of the usual two. That means six flower stems the very first year !
         Peonies like a ‘hard life’ – poor soil and full sun. Nice rich soil encourages leafy growth at the expense of flowers. Too much shade creates floppy stems and few flowers. The happiest peonies are usually seen in old church or farm gardens, blooming away with absolutely no care. Fussed over peonies usually disappoint…..just like some people’s children.
           Varieties in stock right now include the lovely single white ‘Krinkled White’ , a reliable benchmark peony that all other single whites are compared to.  The showy yellow stamens in the centre of each 6″ flower form a bushy pincushion tuffet, surrounded by pure white ruffled outer petals in a single layer. The flowers look much like the rare ‘California tree poppy’ ( that is hard to find and sometimes hard to grow), Romneya coulteri.
            I also like the variety called ‘Top Brass’.  This double peony has a pile of multi-hued pink and ivory petals in chiffon-like layers. The colours change as they age… faded gold, pink and ivory all in no particular order.  The outer petals are larger than the overall flower, and create a plate for a yummy sundae to sit on. 
              We have many others in stock, also. Old favourites like ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ , ‘Duchesse de Nemours’, ‘Shirley Temple’, and ’Bowl of Beauty’ are waiting to thrill you next spring with their fragrance and beauty !Peony roots (1)

                                                                                                                  Peony ‘Krinkled White’

Peony 'Krinkled White'

 

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