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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!

July 19, 2012

Which is the best lavender ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 11:19 pm

This is a very common question ….especially when there are now a few dozen named varieties on the market.  About three years ago, I asked our top herb supplier his opinion about this , and he said to plant ‘HIDCOTE SUPERIOR’ .  I took his advice, and planted my lavender border with it out at our farm.  I think he was right !  From little 4″pots, these wonderful, bushy plants put on an amazing show every year.  We cut them back lightly in late March, into greyish- green footstools of little appeal. Avoid chopping into thick wood, just do a buzz-cut over the entire plant. This way, all the future buds and stems of potential flower spikes are still there for July’s display of colour.
Lavender needs ,likes and demands good drainage.  If you look closely at the above picture, you’ll notice,(on the left side), two paler mauve plants that don’t match. This is where two (out of fifty) of my  original lavender plants died. It is the ‘low spot’ , where water sits all winter. Surely enough, a very clear message was delivered  to me that the soil was soggy and waterlogged  in this spot, and it killed two plants. I replaced the  two dead  lavenders with two more of the same name (from a different grower) and now see that they were mis-labelled. Rats !! I think these two are the variety called ‘MUNSTEAD’. They are beautiful, also, with looser and bigger flower spikes. The colour is very different  (more ‘lavender’ than inky, dark blue) and I will take them out. To prevent another mis-match, I am going to transplant some of the tiny seedlings of my 48 other lavenders that are appearing in the gravel walkway ! They  are easy to pull out, and have proven to be true to type already.

Lavender ‘HIDCOTE SUPERIOR’ edges part of my daylily hybridizing field in Langley, B.C.

It is easy to see why we moved from Vancouver…………..lots of space !


July 16, 2012

One in a few thousand…..

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 1:09 am


Mid-July is when  all my daylily seedlings bloom out at our farm in Langley, BC.  I have been hybridizing them for about ten years now, and every year brings a few new, fabulous ones into the world.  The other day, I noticed this flower from 50 feet away and was amused to see my label for it from last year . ’2011′s WOW’   sums it up  pretty well ! It is also 2012′s WOW so far ! A huge flower, with symmetrical petals of ‘banana peal’ texture . I will  be keeping this one and dividing it, naming it, and offering it for sale next year.
Like everyone, I have ‘gall midge’ affecting my flower buds.  I pick-off deformed,swollen buds and still suffer lots of destroyed blooms.  The saving grace is that this new pest only infects early buds -  the later ones, even on the same spike, are OK.  Don’tcompost these bad buds as they contain tiny white maggots  that will produce more adults and  ruin  next year’s flowers. Bag them tightly and discard, flush them, freeze them or burn them. Each factory you get rid of means less trouble next year.  So far, there is no remedy for daylily gall midge . The flowers that are unaffected are so lovely that I will continue to grow daylilies even with this discouraging pest….