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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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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!

June 26, 2010

And Don’t Forget Ferns

Filed under: Uncategorized — @ 6:43 pm

          Why do we take ferns for granted ?  Are they the Switzerland of the plant world ? Everyone is neutral towards them… nobody professes to hate them. A few fanatics love them, and I am becoming one of those people.  It began long ago.
          I remember travelling to England when I was sixteen years old, and stumbling into an antiquarian book/print seller in Oxford. I bought four amazing botanical prints of ferns ,  (for five pounds each) and I still have them. One is of my favourite – Phyllitis scolopendrium, the ‘Hart’s Tongue ‘ fern.   It turns out that my prints are from a very famous book called ‘London Planiflorus’ and are quite valuable !
           The ‘Hart’s Tongue’ fern is a lovely evergreen, producing a new set of fronds every year. It looks best if you clip off all of last years fronds just when the new ones are unfurling. It grows happiest in moist shade, but will survive in sun as well. Brighter light creates a bleached-out look to the entire plant. This fern self-sows in rock walls in England, and often in the sun.  You may find unusual forms of Hart’s Tongue ferns by looking thoroughly at nurseries’  offerings. I have collected about a dozen  different crested/lacinated/ruffled ones.  I grow them in pots in the shade . They survive unprotected in our zone 8 winters.
          There are thousands of other ferns, hundreds that are hardy for us, and dozens of available species and selected forms for sale at nurseries.  Think about ferns for design solutions in your own garden or patio spaces.  Sophisticated, understated and generally pest-free , these survivors deserve a place in every landscape.  Phyllitis scolopendrium 

             When you think about it, ferns have been around for millions of years, and pre-date mankind entirely. I’d try to stay on their good side .