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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!

May 15, 2012

Narcissus In The Mist

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 6:07 pm


With such a cold and dreary spring this year, my  white narcissus display is lasting well into May.  About five years ago I planted 500 each of three varieties of smaller-bloom/wilder-looking Narcissus.  The first wave to  flower is ‘February Silver’ , which blooms in March and April.  Next is ‘Tresamble’, a very charming variety with three flowers per stem, each tiny white flower being only 1″ across.  Last to flower is ‘Toto’ , which shows in these photos. I think ‘Toto’ is my favourite. I love its backswept petals and sturdy, rainproof habit.
I am spending more and more time at our farm in Langley, B.C., and got up one morning to this amazing fog. It was a surprise !  I scrambled for my camera as it was so beautiful, so atmospheric. I had visions of the famous photo by Diane Arbus of a little flower girl/ghost standing in the fog. If only.

May 1, 2012

How did THIS happen ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 7:15 pm

When I moved, about four years ago, I dug up lots of my favourite treasures (all plants, of course), and planted them in two newly-created ‘amoeba beds’ at our farm in Langley, B.C.
We dumped truckloads of composted turkey and mushroom manure in two shady areas, and smeared it out into two raised ‘gardens’ to stash plants in.          A bit of thought went into where clumps were planted, and I split lots of things up.
Now I marvel at the vigour and overall happiness all my old little cuties display! The rich, organic pie they sit on seems to suit everything !  I am also amazed that I don’t seem to have a deer problem. Touch wood.
The green-flowered primrose ‘Francisca’ flowers for months on end. This plant came from  the nearby garden of Francisca Darts, who found it in the garbage in Portland, Oregon. A civic planting crew let her have it, back in the 1960′s. Her amazing, huge garden is now a public park called ‘Dart’s Hill’ .
I have always loved Anemone nemerosa in all its forms. Here, the soft blue form ‘Allenii’ shoulders-up to a purply Corydalis flexuosa ‘Purple Leaf’ . This form of  Corydalis flexuosa doesn’t die ! It is fantastic – spreading politely and blooming from January onwards.  Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ is rapidly increasing . I  love its soft yellow, recurved, lily-like flowers. I  discovered that these ‘Dog Tooth Violets’ sink their bulbs down very deeply. It must be to hide from devouring munchers in the wild. They are about a foot deeper than when I planted them !  Another plant family I love, and couldn’t leave behind at my old garden is the Solomon’s Seal tribe, the Polygonatums.  There are about ten different ones in my beds. These tasteful shade-lovers can do no wrong.  I have plain green, variegated, purple, striped, crested and golden forms ! I have one with ORANGE flowers that I got at  (the sadly missed )Heronswood Nursery years ago. It was a 2″ seedling, now a 6′ plant ! They all  ’make’ a flower arrangement when used in a natural, gardeny way.
I do battle weeds. I drown in weeds. The wind brings them by the million, plus they reproduce quickly.  It takes two days  to ‘laser’ one of these beds and get them weed-free. A month later it looks like a Chia Pet again.
It is a small price to pay for all this beauty. And that price is exactly the  price of a new box of  ROBAX ‘Platinum’  !