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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!

March 2, 2011

Was it effortless ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — @ 5:59 am

Tom's front yard #2
                      When I look back at photos of our ‘old’ garden in Vancouver, I can’t recall planting any of what I see !! So many fabulous plants – so complex and layered I can’t believe it. Life is so much simpler now that we have moved ……
                      I do know that I worked at  Southlands Nursery seven days a week then , as I do now, and these plants had to care for themselves.  Planting so thickly certainly makes weeds a non-issue. They can’t survive the competition ! Occasionally, some tall thing would catch my eye and get yanked out (often in flower!).  Sometimes it wasn’t even a ‘weed’, but a crummy lily or an off-colour poppy that had to go. It would be an instant decision and never regretted. I do recall doing everything very quickly and,  suffering from A.D.G.D. (Attention Defecit Gardening Disorder), made me ruthless and decisive with plant choices and combinations.
                 It  wouldn’t be until late December that ‘the clean-up’ took place. I would sometimes occupy myself on Christmas Day by (finally) cutting back my 10′ mess of Romneya coulteri, which led to a total nuking of the front border. I called this ‘lasering’ – a really, really thorough cutting back, hand- grooming  of every square inch until dusk.  Into the New Year, I would usually get a helper from the nursery to help me, and it made it a lot easier !            I guess this was actual work, but ‘gardening ’  is really a synonym for ‘work’  that transforms what could be an ordeal into  a creative process. 
                       Every two winters, I would get 120 bags of  a marvellous (made in B.C.) mulch called  ’SEA SOIL’ delivered.  This bi-product of our forest and fishing industries  (combined), is produced in Port McNeill,B.C., up at the North end of Vancouver Island. Many gardeners love its texture and overall appearance, and plants love its nutritious,organic benefits. Brent and I would spread all 120 bags in one day. All borders and garden areas received about a 3″ layer of yumminess .
                 The rest of the year, was mostly spent sweeping up leaves, getting ready for the next garden tour,  enjoying gin and tonics and  hot tubs….and  hiding from the horrible neighbours that eventually made us move and, sadly, killed this garden.
                  It was an amazing twenty years – shared with thousands of garden tourists and visiting garden celebs like Christopher Lloyd, Helen Dillon, Anna Pavord, Roy Lancaster and so many more.  I still see photos of the garden popping up in just- published books and magazines , which is good as in that respect the garden lives on….