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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!

November 12, 2011

‘Tis The Season

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 10:43 pm

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 !

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