TOM SPEAKS
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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....

SOUTHLANDS NURSERY
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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.

STORE INFO
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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!

TOM SPEAKS
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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....

JUST IN
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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.

FAVOURITES
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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.

DAYLILIES
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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!

ORDERING
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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.

BOOKS & PRESS
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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 24, 2010

Hanging Basket vs: Hanging Hideousness

Filed under: Uncategorized — @ 6:24 pm

Hanging heucherella bskt       With the heat of summer upon us, most hanging baskets are needing daily watering and weekly feedings of  a fertilizer like 20-20-20.  Even so, lots are already dried up messes of tortured annuals bewilderingly suspended from eaves and porches.
      I thought about what could be a better solution…. something  that would last .  I chose a beautiful hanging basket with built in candlabra arms, and lined it with fresh green moss. For plants, I avoided the common annuals and used a coppery- hued Heucherella called ‘Sweet Tea’ . This  hardy, evergreen perennial likes shade, with some filtered sun to bring out the brightest colours.  For a bit of trailing /cascading plant material, I used the evergreen Rubus pentalobus ‘Emerald Carpet’ . This tough cookie is a UBC introduction , and in the garden makes a substantial groundcover. In my hanging basket, it will cascade nicely, but stay managable .  A basket like this needs to kept moist . It will probably need a bit less care and water than a ‘normal’ hanging basket as these perennials are both survivors of considerable neglect. 
        So, look at your hanging baskets with a critical eye. If they are looking fried and finished, rip them out of their wire prisons and replant creatively using anything that looks good at this time of year !

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