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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!

December 13, 2011

An amazing Orchid !

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Masdevallia Prince Charming ‘Yodiehead’ CCM/AOS

I have owned this cool growing orchid for about 15 years !  It is a hybrid Masdevallia that I bought in Santa Barbara at a big orchid show.  It has always produced one or two (or rarely four) flowers every spring. This year it went berserk flowering ! Starting in March , the intriguing coppery- orange flowers emerged all around its 4″ pot. By September, it was amazing. I knew that the American Orchid Society  had created a long-awaited regional judging centre in Vancouver, so on Sept. 10th of this year I took my plant to be judged by the team of American and Canadian judges . The process takes hours, as the experts examine all the plants brought in for evaluation that day.
My plant won a ‘Certificate of  Cultural Merit’ , with a score of 85 points! As one of the judges said to me when I was leaving ‘You should be very proud ,  you are competing with the world’ !
I have grown orchids for over thirty years and have always found Masdevallias hard to grow ! I have killed all I have ever owned !  But not this one – it is still crazy with flowers as I type this two weeks before Christmas !
Being native to cool Andean mountain areas, these ground-dwelling plants need to feel at home – no hot air, no dry environments. I knew that, so I place mine outside in total shade for the summer and bring it into my greenhouse in October. I leave it at the cool end, away from the heat source, and water/spritz every day. I fertilize all my orchids using a hose-end sprayer with 15-30-15 mixed in it,  about twice a month. The leaves absorb the food as it is a ‘foliar spray’ I am delivering this way. And that’s it- no fussing , I am too busy. It was a long wait for this reward, but worth it !


This orchid is still going strong  ….. four months after winning its big award from the American Orchid Society !  It has more flowers now than it did on judging day, Sept 10th, 2011.  I cannot believe it .  I took this picture on January 4th, 2012 . It will soon be one year since flowering began !