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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!

September 18, 2013

What Do Women – I Mean Orchids, REALLY WANT?

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 5:56 am



Here is a group of MASDEVALLIA orchids in bloom in a perfect little micro-climate  I rigged up for them at the nursery.  It is outdoors in total shade.These orchids grow in cool, moist Andean forests and mountain areas. They do not grow in trees, like many orchids do.I have never had much luck with them until I really thought about WHAT DO THEY REALLY WANT?  They want to go home !! So, home is shady, moist and cool,with shallow streams and mossy rocks …..Inca pyramids and UFO landing strips. This is what I created for them. By accident, I found out that these orchids LOVE to sit in a  bit of shallow water (DEATH to most other orchids). At the end of October, when it is still cool but above freezing, I will move their entire little habitat into a lightly heated greenhouse and place it outside again in late March.


You can see a bit of black shade cloth flipped back to let in more light on a cloudy day. This little cold frame is placed in an area where it gets no direct sun, as these orchids like shade. I leave the lid open a bit at all times to allow fresh air in – they love this.
If you want to try some Masdevallias, try J&L Orchids in Connecticut . They ship to Canada with no hassles and are the world authority nursery on this genus.         WWW.JLORCHIDS.COM


I took this picture on December 20th, 2013 ! This little cutie is a hybrid Masdevallia called ‘Lollipop’ . It is growing in a 3″ clay pot and sits in a bit of water at all times. It would shrivel and die in a heated house/normal environment, but loves my cool moist mini-greenhouse shown above.  I sat it in  the snow for this photo, but only for a minute or two.

September 16, 2013

O.M.G. !!

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Just when I thought Kerrisdale couldn’t get worse, this happened !  I drove by our old store today and actually burst out laughing !  It isn’t often that I am stupified, but this latest paint job amazes me in its complete hideousness.  It is incredible !  I think my Spirit Guides are playing an ongoing game with me anyways….(seen our old house lately?), but this has to be an ultimate ! Is there anywhere  in the entire city even close ? In your whole life, have you ever seen such a step backwards ???  It must be a sign …..or Karma ……
I am drawn to gorgeous colours, and so is Brent. We linger over paint chips at Home Depot and find dozens that we love. I cannot explain or understand what  has happened here, except that I now know for sure that we are  not alone in this solar system.

‘HOBBS’ at Christmastime…….before Kerrisdale died.