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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!

March 2, 2010

Rose Mania

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 1:19 am

Abbaye de Cluny'   YIKES !  I may have overdone it this year !! We have hundreds of new varieties !  For the first time for us, we brought in ‘STAR’ brand roses. Why ? Because I  have been secretly admiring some of their exclusive varieties for years….. not to mention that they are part of the Meidiland empire.  Meidiland is the famous French breeder of super hardy landscape roses that revolutionized public planting completely.  They are also the home of the ‘Romantica’ series of  garden roses from France. These are sort of  France’s answer to David Austin Roses , (which we also have loads of and love).  I particularly like the Romantica rose variety ‘Abbaye de Cluny’, (shown in the little photo above and on the left) a soft apricot ,old-fashioned double that has very large blooms and a strong spicy scent. It is a constant rebloomer.  ‘Liv Tyler’ is a new pink ‘Romantica’ rose, with very strongly scented old-fashioned double flowers that open flat and fully quartered, like tapestry roses . You may want to look at Star Roses own website to see more lovely varieties- we have almost all of them !!  Check out www.starroses.com
      From David Austin , I can personally rave about ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ !  It was new to me last year, and I planted two out in Langley. Wow – very interesting glowing orange/magenta mixture, with an old-fashioned look you would  expect f rom David Austin, but in a neon colour unlike any of his others. I planted California poppies (Eschlotsia) around and under them ( just toss the seed and walk away) and the colours were identical. I let them go to seed and will look forward to a repeat show this year. I also already knew about ‘Teasing Georgia’, from David Austin. Wow – what a great rose.  In one season, mine was atleast 4′ x 4′ and bloomed constantly from May until late November. The gorgeous peachy yellow flowers were made for me.  ‘Jude The Obscure’ was as good, or even better. Gorgeous soft yellow, flat, open double flowers kept coming  for months. And, I never spray or even deadhead ! I never water. They have to make it with no help, and they sure do!
     ‘Sally Holmes’ is well-known, as it deserves to be. This single creamy white has lovely strong sprays of country-looking flowers . With showy brown stamens in the centre of each 3″ flower, ‘Sally Holmes’ is distinctive at twenty paces. Very healthy and undemanding, she can be a shrub or a climber – up to you.
       A rose I am all excited about for 2010 is  ‘Easy Does It’ . As the only 2010 AARS winner , it has to be exceptional. The colour is ‘very Hobbsy’….. a dusty orangey-salmon with a bit of a magenta flaring as it ages. The petals are scalloped on the edges, and the whole flower has a casual rustic quality. As a ‘landscape rose’ , this variety is  as tough and care-free  as all the others.  But, the colour is why I am planting a whole  bank of it in my new garden ! Seventy of them in one big, carefree sweep on colour.
     Come and snoop around through our roses…. there are so many new ones , even a  true green one called ‘Green Romantica’ !!  All our  varieties are $29.95 potted , and tree roses are $59.99 .

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