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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!

April 1, 2015

My Spring Jewel Box

Filed under: Uncategorized — yodiehead @ 3:56 am

WOW ! What fabulous things are emerging in my own garden. I forget what I have planted over the years – so many treasures ! I brought some from my old garden, and some are relatively new to me. Spring is the absolute peak of exciting foliage in my woodland beds – here are some end-of-March treats:

Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ emerges as early as January ! It must be located where you can offer protection in an emergency….DSCN1205

Below:  This Podophyllum is a hybrid between P. delavayi and P. pleianthum. It is called Podophyllum Red Dragon and is a very large plant !  It is impossible to get hold of…..   sorry !!



Another absolute dream perennial is Podophyllum delavayi itself.  I have a few different plants of this treasure, and each one is different. I have to say it – this is my favourite perennial. Kooky red flowers dangle under the 12” leaves in early summer.

DSCN1327Below :  Cold tolerant and  phenomenal foliage at this time of year is produced by the hardy Arums. Arum italicum and Arum marmorotanum have crossed with  each other and shocking patterns have popped up in the seedlings . Huge clubs of orange berries are produced by summertime, and sprout all over the garden. At the nursery, dozens and  dozens grow all along our fence and front gate area. each seedling is different, and the leaves are 12” long !



I have many forms of Solomon’s Seal , the Polygonatums . They are one of my very favourite family of plants, and Spring is their time. I have one with orange flowers on 6’ stalks, one with brown stripes, an all-purple foliage one, a red-stemmed dwarf clumper, several white variegated forms….. they are addictive ! Rare ones can fetch hundreds of dollars for a small division.DSCN1325

A  spectacular spontaneous mutation  appeared at our nursery of a very tall Solomon’s Seal. The leaves are striped in bright gold ! I transferred  this treasure out to the farm to keep my eye on it. It is a stunner !DSCN1371

Below:  Not-a-plant-snob plant , and I like  it very much ! The lowly Vinca minor in an all-gold form. Wow – what a lightbulb it is in the shade garden  and it grows like a weed – I mean a Vinca. I am using it here and there as a weed-proof groundcover. The bright lemon foliage darkens with age. The cute soft blue flowers are an uncommon Muscari called ‘Valerie Finnis’, a big improvement on the Grape Hyacinth seen everywhere.DSCN1331

Erythroniums are easy to grow but seldom encountered.  They are commonly known as ‘Dog’s Tooth Violets’ , but are in no way violets…. they are bulbs that you can purchase in the fall, if you shop early. Charming and trouble-free rarely go together !

Below: Erythronium ‘White Beauty’


Below: Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

Another charming treasure tribe is the various forms of Anemone nemerosa. DSCN1380

 These little perennials form a mat of rhizomes and bloom, leaf and then disappear by hot summer. Shown is the double white form ‘Vestral’. There are gorgeous pale blue ones such as ‘Allenii’ and ‘Bowle’s Purple’, I can’t get enough of them ! They are less than $5.00 each, and form a lovely colony in only a few years.

DSCN1379Trilliums take a few years to become mature, but when they do, they are carefree and spellbinding. There are North American and Asian species – more proof that our continents were once joined….   I think this is Trillium  sessile.

Better than Christmas !! Look at the baby Podophyllums over to the left !! I think that underground rhizomes are sent out by the original plant and in the wilds (of China) form mind-blowing colonies. Each little plant is worth about $50.00 !DSCN1385