Thursday, April 21, 2022

Plant of the Week - String of Hearts & more

 We have started a Plant of the Week. This week we are featuring String of Hearts, String of Pearls, String of Turtles and String of Bananas! They are all 10% OFF till Wednesday April 27th.
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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Shrub, Tree & Perennial Catalog's

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 Happy Easter everyone!
With all this snow I am sure everyone is dreaming of spring! Before we know it we will be out in the yard, looking for signs of growth in our gardens. If you are planning on some spring planting this year our Plant Search is the perefect way to get some ideas. Our new 2022 Catalog's are now ready! 
2022 - Shrubs & Trees
2022- Perennials
Plants will start arriving in May, once this snow is gone. Our greenhouse is filled with houseplants, tropicals, herbs and annuals.  If you have any questions just give us a call or email

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Sunday, March 06, 2022

Starting Seeds Indoors

What  better thing to do on a snowy winter day, than to start some seeds! We have had such a long cold winter, we need to see some hint of spring.   
When: It’s a great time to start planning you vegetable garden and gathering your supplies to start seeding inside.  The best time to seed inside is Mid March to April. Refer to our Seed Starting Chart for the best time for seeding vegetables and herbs. For flower seeds, just check on the package how many weeks to seed before the last frost. Then you can count back from May 24th. 
Which Seed: Which seeds 
should I be starting you ask.  The best ones are Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Leeks, Kohlrabi, Peppers and tomatoes.  You can try other seeds but most will germinate and establish quite quickly when directly sown into the ground.  Most of your root vegetables won’t transplant well, thus they have t
o be sown directly.  Also let’s not forget fresh herbs.
Pots and Containers: Seeds are best planted in individual pots or trays with individual cells to make transplanting easy.  You can use plastic or peat pots, yogurt containers and egg cartons.  Almost any container will work but make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom.  Seeds and young seedlings don’t like to have we
t feet.  If you are reusing plastic pots be sure to soak them in warm water and bleach at a rate of 9 parts water to 1part bleach to kill any pathogens or bacteria that is present.
Soil Mixture: A nice sterilized peat mixture is a great soil to seed in.  Such as Terra Organic Potting Soil.  In a larger container, such as a rubber maid container place you soil and add water to moisten it.  You want it to be moist but not dripping wet.  Fill your containers to ¼” below the top and pat it down.  Place two or three seeds in each container and then cover with soil.  To water the seed I like to use a spray bottle.  A watering can be too forceful and wash the seeds out of the container.
Where and Watering: Place the pots in a sunny warm location.  On top of your fridge is an excellent warm spot.  Keep the soil moist.  As the seedling grows it is a good idea to let the top layer of soil dry out between watering.  This will help prevent the plants from rotting or damping off.
Thinning Out: Once the seedlings have started to grow it is best to thin them out so that you leave the strongest growing one in the container.
Hardening Off: As we approach the transplanting time, which is usually End of May beginning of June in Manitoba, you will need to harden your plants off.  To take them directly outside and plant into the garden would be shock for most plants.  Hardening off is quite easy.  A week before you plan to transplant the plants you need to move them outside into a sheltered spot of a little bit each day.  Start with a two hour period the first day and increase it one hour a day for the rest of the week.
Planting Out
: Make sure the plants are thoroughly moist a few hours before transplanting.  This will help the soil stay on the roots.  The best time to transplant is on a cloudy day, late in the afternoon.  This will allow the plants to get use to their surrounding before the hot sun is on them.  Gently tip the plants and take them out of their pots taking as much of the soil as you can.  Place them into a hole that is slightly larger than the pot.  Lightly pack the soil around them and water in.  Continue watering daily until new grow appears.  At this stage let the soil slightly dry between watering.
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Monday, February 28, 2022

Open for the season!

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After months of a long, cold and snowy winter our greenhouse is open! The heat is on and the plants are starting to arrive. We have an assortment of cool tropical and houseplants. Drop by pick a plant, pick a pot and bring some summer home! We will be busy planting hanging baskets, annuals and perennials over the next month. The giftshop is filled with new decor, indoor pots, gardening books, outdoor containers, wall art, Made in Manitoba product and more! We look forward to bringing some warmth into your winter. If you can't make it down, you can browse our selection on the online store -

March Hours: Monday to Friday 10-4
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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Fall Gardening Tips and Tricks

Fall is an especially important time for your gardens.  It is a great time to make changes and take a few steps that will ensure your garden looks great next spring.  Throughout September and October, the soil’s temperature is still warm enough that transplanted and newly planted plants can still establish themselves.  
It is a great time to add some more color to your garden or containers.  Annual Fall Chrysanthemums are an excellent way to add some color to those annual areas that are looking tired.
Now is the time to relocate plants that are in the wrong spot.  If that perennial is hidden in the back behind everything else, move it up front where it can be seen.  Are your Hostas in too much sun? Or a rose bush in too much shade?  Now is the time to move them.  When transplanting plants, it is a great idea to apply Myke Root Supplement around the roots.  This will give them an extra boost.
Perennials should be divided when they are overgrown.  Dividing a perennial when it is not doing well will result in poor establishment.  Some perennials will start to die out in the center of the mass.  This is a sure sign it is time to divide.  This is quite common among grasses, irises and sedum.  Most perennials can be divided in fall or spring. As a rule of thumb divide spring and early summer flowering varieties in the fall and fall flowering varieties in the spring.  If you are willing to sacrifice some blooms you can divide most fall flowering varieties now.
 The following is a brief outline of how to divide your perennials.
* Dig out the perennial in question using a spade, at the plant’s drip line - where the leaves end.
* Clean off the larger chunks of soil, looking for insects and signs of disease.
* Using a sharp knife (an old steak knife works great) cut the perennials into several divisions.  Each new plant should contain two to four eyes (new buds).  
  This will give you a nice size plant in the spring.
* Now replant the new sections.  Adding some organic matter such as peat moss and manure around the new plants is an excellent idea, as well as using Myke
Root Supplement
* Water the plants thoroughly once planted.
Fall is an excellent time to plant new shrubs, trees and perennials.  The temperatures are not as extreme as they are in the summer months.  This will allow for less transplant shock.  Again, using Myke's Root Supplement is very beneficial with new plantings.  
September and October are the best months to clean up the shrub beds and add amendments to the soil.  This will help get them ready for spring.  Keeping shrub beds and gardens free of weeds will limit the number of seeds and roots that will over winter and start growing next spring.  Also having a clean shrub beds and gardens will reduce the number of pests and diseases that will over winter. 
In late October it is essential to mulch your perennials and shrubs.  This will help them over winter.  We suggest the use of GARDEN STRAW.  This comes as a clean, weed, pest and disease-free product.  It will help protect those tender perennials as well as keep moisture in the ground.  
It is also essential to protect your plant from wildlife.  Bunnies, deer and mice love to feed on your shrubs and trees over winter.  This can severely damage or even kill some plants.  For example, an apple tree that has been chewed around the trunk will not regrow in the spring.  One of the best methods of protecting your trees and shrubs is to apply SKOOT in late fall. (available in October)  This is a repellent that will repel deer and rabbits.  Skoot can be applied to trees, shrubs, and evergreens.  Remember to spray high enough to account for the winter’s snow fall.  As an extra measure using one or two tree guards around a tree’s trunk is also recommended. 
Finally, remember to clean out your annual containers in late fall to remove some of the soil, to prepare for a winter arrangement.  This will allow you to place a winter arrangement insert into the pot.   In early November we switch out our front door décor to winter arrangements.   Removing approximately 15” soil from the pot easily allows you to place an insert into the pot.  Using an insert allows you to make your arrangement in the comfort of your house or pick up one of our custom-made pots.
Best Wishes & Happy Fall
Susan Jensen Stubbe
Jensen Nursery and Garden Center.
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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Cottage Gardens

 “Cottage Garden” style is relaxed, colorful, scented, fun and almost no rules should apply, whimsy.  The best thing about cottage gardens, .. there is always room to squeeze more plants in - use hanging baskets & window boxes.
Tips for Creating a Cottage Garden
Keep it small,  lol.
You need a good mix of plants, native plants  / sturdy plants / deer & rabbit resistance.
Avoid straight lines, gardens & paths should be winding.
Start by planting large clumps of like flowers/plants.  Tulips, daisies, allium, coneflowers, sage …
Repeat both plants and colors, to create a flow and harmony.
Tall plants add archetypal (spikes); scatter liberally through the borders; hollyhock, lupins, foxglove, wisteria, catmint, delphinium, phlox, grasses. 
Invest in Good Soil
Water source via soaker hose, rain barrels, ?   

The right plant in the right place -  aka full shade .. to full sun etc.,
Select sturdy garden plants, spring-flowering bulbs, purple coneflower, Irises, wild indigo,  Stella d’oro or happy returns daylilies, asters, Russian sage, an old fashion rose climber, peonies…, for foliage interest try blue fescue, lambs ear,
Don't forget scents, honeysuckles, roses, peonies, rosemary, mock-orange  and lavender.
 Create a special place to sit and enjoy the garden.  
Need help ASK US, … 
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Astilbes for the Shade Garden

Astilbe is a tall, summertime bloomer that adds interest and texture to the garden even after the pink, white or red flowers have dried up and turned brown.  
Their leaf foliage is feathery and clumps at the base of the plant. 
The heights vary depending on kind,  15 inches to 30 inches.
Deer do not particularly like them.    
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Growing Tip:    Astibles benefit from a bit of protection to get them through the severe winters, a fine layer of mulch, such as chopped leaves or straw.
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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Step into our Paradise!

 Don’t get fooled by Mother nature, be cautious of planting annuals now and til the beginning of June & don’t worry about those perennials being slow -  gardening requires patience, …   but do get busy with your Garden’s clean-up to do list, turning and raking the soil, mixing in some good soil nutrients and mulch / compost.
STEP INSIDE our green house and you will be inspired by the display of flower colours & leaf textures. You will find your ole favourites & some new lovely annuals.   Get inspired to create your own containers by seeing what the greenhouse elves have been up to;  you can bring in your pots and plant them up in side our greenhouse or leave your pots with us and request a custom planting.  Our tabletops are full with hundreds of plants  and the walkways are lined with hanging pots and ground containers readily filled and waiting for your deck.    
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TRENDING …..   “Tropical plants & Grasses”;  for that a dramatic look (Thriller):   they can provide an immediate lush green to any entrance way & will thrive outdoors in our summers.  The tropical plants  can be brought into your house in fall but first must be sprayed for bugs.    
Eg:  Big elephant ears,  ivies, ferns, palm tree, succulents & catus, hibiscus, numerous grasses, cannas, climbing vines …..
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring and your evergreens

 One of the first signs of how tough the winter has been is the color of our evergreens.  A lot of the cedars, spruce and pines around the city are a lovely shade of brown.  Most people’s first reaction is that the plant is dead.  This is most likely not the case.  The buds for this years growth will still be alive, they are just waiting for some heat to start growing.  Once the new growth flushes out it will cover up the brown needles.  To help the process along you need to start fertilizing and watering your evergreens as soon as the snow is gone.   A fertilizer that is high in Nitrogen (the first number on the formula) is the best.  An Evergreen Food with the formula 30-10-10 is an excellent source of nitrogen.  Soak the soil that is around the plant to feed the roots.  For best results apply the fertilizer every two weeks throughout May and June.  As an extra boost you can also spray the foliage with Organique’s Biofish.  This should be done once the ground has thawed.  As for watering, a deep watering every week unless it rains.
Susan Jensen Stubbe
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Long Weekend Flowers

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 Well, ..we are well under way both inside the greenhouse & outside @ Jensen’s Nursery, you can feel the excitement as many gardeners awaited their initial planting this May long weekend. Remember though it is early to plant annuals and most vegetables outside. There is still a chance of frost. Cold hardy onions, potatoes, and garlic bulbs could go in now for sure. If you a way to cover in case of frost or move containers into garages. Then plant away but watch the weather!
Our greenhouse is dazzling with many of our hanging baskets spilling over with colour and gardeners both new and old have been filling their shopping boxes with favourite plants.  A simple rule for planting pots is to have 3 different types of plants; the thriller being the focal or tallest plant in the container, the fillers should be of complimentary colours and shorter than the thriller, and last but not least, the spiller to add the dramatic draping of colour to your container.
The outside area has display tables of rows of perennials that will continue to change as they grow til  blooming and many display areas of shrubs and trees that are just now waking up as they fully leaf out.
Whether you have a shade spot or a sunny spot we have some great suggestions to help build your containers, gardens and landscaping.
Gardening can be a very rewarding activity. With a little time and effort, you can watch your creativity blossom and your ideal outdoor space flower.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Rain, Rain Go Away!

There is something great about the fresh smell in the air after a good rain. The birds seem to chirp louder, the animals frolic about and the trees, shrubs and plants seem to stand at attention and glow with lush new growth. But then it keeps raining two or three times a week, never really drying out in between rains. Our established trees and shrubs still look ok but our newly planted trees are starting to turn yellow and the leaves are wilting. How can the leaves actually be wilting with all this water. The reason they are wilting is the excess water is actually damaging the roots systems. The plant’s roots need oxygen to be healthy and grow. As the water fills the pores in the soil it pushes the oxygen out. If the plant’s roots cannot get the required amount of oxygen they start dying causing the leaves to wilt and turn yellow. The plants do not have to be surrounded by standing water for this root damage to occur they just need to have continuous wetness.
Once these roots are damaged the plant can’t take up the require moisture and nutrients and it will stop growing or if the damage is extensive they will eventually died.
To help your plants thru the stressful time you should lightly aerated the soil around the drip line with a garden fork. You want to loosen the soil but not break the roots.
Make sure you are not adding water when it is not needed. A newly planted tree needs moisture but it also need to slightly dry between watering. I like to do what I call a squeeze test to see if the soil requires moisture. To do this you collect a handful of soil from the base of the plant and squeeze it in your hand. If the soil holds the shape of your hand and does not crumble easily then there is enough moisture present. If the soil crumbles easily then the tree required moisture.
Generally trees require approximately 5 gallons of water per inch to trunk per week. This water should be applied at a slow rate so it does not run off. For a newly planted tree or shrub apply this water on top of the root ball as well as to the soil surrounding the edge of the root ball. This will encourage the tree to expand its roots.
Planting a tree to deep can also cause the roots to die from lack of oxygen. A plant should be planted so that the root ball is level with the surrounding grade or slightly higher.
Susan Jensen Stubbe
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Red Lily Beetle

Lily Beetle
It’s amazing how Mother Nature can contain such beautiful but destructive things. Take the Red Lily Beetle for example. This bright red beetle that some would admire for its beauty but in a matter of a few days it can eat a garden full of lily leaves. It is now on Gardener’s most watched list. The beetle will feed on the leaves of the lily in the larvae stage as well as in the adult stages.
Life Cycle
The adults emerge from the ground in late April or early May and lay their eggs on the underside of the newly emerging leaves of the lily. These eggs will hatch into larva in 7-10 days and will feed for 16-24 days. These larva cover themselves in their own feces to discourage predators. Once the larva’s feeding stage is over they will drop to the soil and encase themselves in a cocoon for 2 to 3 weeks. Then they will emerge in adult form and crawl up the lily and continue feeding. As adults they fly, infecting new stands of lilies with each cycle. In late September or early October they will go into the ground to over winter. The beetle can have two or more cycles per season and can lay up to 450 eggs per season.
The adult beetle is easy to id by it’s bright red body and black legs, head and antenna. The eggs are reddish orange or light brown in color and are laid on the underside of the leaves in irregular rows. The larva are light brown covered with a black goo (their own feces) making them look like black blobs on the leaves.
Biological Control
The best time to start controlling the beetle is first thing in spring when they are mating. Handpick them from the leaves and squish them before they get a chance to lay their eggs. It’s a good idea to place a white cloth around the bottom of the lily to catch any that get away. They tend to drop as a defense mechanism when disturbed.
Because they beetle can have more than one cycle it is important to check the plants throughout the spring, summer and fall months.
Chemical Controls
For an infestation that is out of control a chemical intervention may be necessary. There are a number of products that we carry that will help control the adults and the larva. Using products containing pyrethrum or permethrin will kill the lily beetle. Pyrethrum is a natural chemical that is produced from certain chrysanthemum flowers. It breaks down quite quickly thus it is considered to have a low toxicity. Permethrin is a man made insecticide whose chemistry is based on the natural pyrethrum. The synthetic version is more stable in sunlight thus it will last a little longer in the environment. You will get good control with the Pyrethrum and better control with the permethrin. Both can be harmful to beneficial insects such as lady beetles or bees. Thus they should be applied directly to the insects or infected plants.
What we stock...
Pyrethum Based
Eco Sense Bug –b-Gone
Safer’s End All
Permethrin Based
Dr. Doom
Please see our staff for Application Rates
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dormant Oil - Spring Application

Dormant Oil Kits contain Horticultural Oil and Lime Sulphur that are combined and sprayed on most Deciduous Trees and Shrubs.  These oils help clean up any overwintering eggs or fungi on your trees and shrubs. It is an excellent and environmentally friendly way to get ahead of insect and disease problems on your Fruit trees, Ornamental Trees, Cranberry, Roses, Dogwoods and many other trees and shrubs.
It's time to apply your Dormant Oil !  Dormant Oil Kits contain Horticultural Oil and Lime Sulphur that are combined and sprayed on most Deciduous Trees and Shrubs.  These oils help clean up any overwintering eggs or fungi on your trees and shrubs. It is an excellent and environmentally friendly way to get ahead of insect and disease problems on your Fruit trees, Ornamental Trees, Cranberry, Roses, Dogwoods and many other trees and shrubs.  Dormant Oil must be sprayed before the leaves emerge and when the buds are just beginning to swell.  Spray in early morning to allow sufficient time to dry before nightfall.  You want to pick a day that there is no rain in the forecast and the temperature will stay above 4°C.   Dormant Oils will help control scale insects, mites(maple gall Mites), aphids, apple scab, powdery mildew, and anthracnose.  It is an excellent general clean up for any garden. gall mite on maple, disease, dormant oil, jenesn nurseryoyster shell scale, dormant oil, jensen nursery
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Dormant Oil must be sprayed before the leaves emerge and when the buds are just beginning to swell.  Spray in early morning to allow sufficient time to dry before nightfall.  You want to pick a day that there is no rain in the forecast and the temperature will stay above 4°C. 
Dormant Oils will help control scale insects, mites(maple gall Mites), aphids, apple scab, powdery mildew, and anthracnose.  It is an excellent general clean up for any garden.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Sue's First Blog - by Sue the Other Sister!

Well, I decided it was time. It’s only been a year since my dear sister, Tammy asked me to write a blog. With my track record I figure I’m right on schedule. I can hardly believe that it’s time to make the switch from Landscaping to selling Christmas trees.

We’ve been having a lot of fun finishing the last few jobs. The last two weeks have been working at the Youth for Christ Building at Main and Higgins. It absolutely amazes me that you can have so many trades people, trucks and equipment on one site and nobody hits anything. This particular site being down town was the dreaded site of the year. Due to the lack of parking, vehicle and people traffic I was picturing this site as a nightmare. I was pleasantly surprised that everything when extremely well. The trades people and site supervisors have been amazing. All the different trades have worked together with efficiency and grace. There was not a day where I felt we were hindering someone else’s job. Everyone seemed to work together making sure that they were not undoing each other’s work.

We even got a few surprises. Shortly after remarking that I seemed to have a horseshoe stuck in a particular part of my body. This was said because everything on site fell into place just perfectly. From the tree delivery, soil drop offs to the excavator John who helped us out. Mark and Scott actually dug up an old Horseshoe. It looks like it may be from the early to mid 1900’s. It will soon be hanging above our garage door with hopes that it will continue to bring us all more luck.

Well as we wrap up our landscaping season another time is upon us. Yes it is here!!!! I’ve been waiting for this all year. IT’S FINALLY HERE, IT’S FINALLY HERE. It’s time for me to go from the hardhat, safety vest wearing Landscape Girl to...... CRAFT GIRL. Yes that’s right CRAFT GIRL. Instead of thinking about tree planting, semi loads of soil and mountains of Cedar Bark. My head in filling with designs for Outdoor Containers, Center Pieces, and Wreaths, and of course Bow making. So please come by with your containers or ideas and let us help you add some beauty to your Christmas.

Or stop by and pick out the perfect Fresh Christmas Tree. We have an amazing selection of Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble fir, Nordman Fir and some Manitoba Spruce. You can shop indoors, pick your tree and have us deliver it for free. ( within Winnipeg, Oak Bluff, Sanford or LaSalle )

Have a Happy Christmas Season!!!

Susan Jensen Stubbe
(The Other Sister)

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Gardening in busy times!

Well it is 9 pm sunday night. Most people are settled in for the night getting ready for the week. But when you are in the gardening business.........things work a little different! I thought I'd let you all dwell into a day in the life of a Jensen! I'm hoping my staff will all follow suit and do a blog about how it is to work at Jensen's!
I started my day off with a cup of coffee, a wish that I could stay where I was..... all snuggled up, and a drive across town to work. As usual I wasn't the first one there! After working 60 hour weeks for a while you tend to slow down! But once I get moving, watch out! Father's Day and Marathon day typically are a bit slow for us. Well apparently my website is working or something! Because after I decided I would fertilize every single basket and container pot...people started trailing in. So here I am in the middle of the greenhouse with about 150 baskets waiting for fertilizer on the ground! Nobody can get down the aisles, everyone wants help in a completely different area of the garden center! To sum it up CHAOS! So some how I fertilized every single annual basket and annual container, and put them back where they belong!

The rest of the day went fairly smooth! Because I was moving petunia baskets around I got all sticky and extremely dirty! So by the end of the day I looked like a mess! But believe it or not , sweat, dirt and all.........boy did I have fun!

So then, when it is time to go, what do I do? Sit down with my sister who I have not had time to talk with in days. So we catch up, on all the business matters we have not had time to deal with all week. Greenhouse talk, tree talk, watering system talk, how to deal with stress talk!etc. etc. etc! So then I go home..

 What do  I do then? Go out, cut my lawn, spray Killex for weeds, Round- Up in the area I want to turn into a patio for the swing and fire pit! Repot my flowers into a bigger ceramic pot adding torenia, and yellow sweet potatoe vine.

Finally  I crawl into my house...thank my daughter who has been busy cleaning my house for chore money. Spend some time catching up with my daughter, talking on the's off to bed I go! ...............

Off to bed I go! When I wake hopefully the sun is shining, the ferilizer kicked in, and all is happy! Tammy
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Friday, May 27, 2011

When you see someone without a smile give them yours!

Yesterday at the end of a long day I put that up on my staff bulletin board. This weather lately has been crazy to say the least. And not agreeable to Manitoba gardeners. Frost warning, no frost warning, hot summer weather, cold arctic winds, dreary rainy days..... where is our famous Manitoba summer? I'm seeing frustration in my customers, my staff, and feeling it myself. Last night I decided it was time for the season to start in spite of the weather. I came home after a 12 hour day and started digging out weeds and planting perennials and annuals. The first thing I planted was a  large 9' high piece of driftwood! Behind it I planted a cup and saucer vine that will grow up the driftwood and create an interesting feature right in my front yard. In front of it I have a summer wine ninebark. The dark color of the ninebark makes the driftwood stand out more! When the flowers bloom on the vine and the ninebark I think it will be gorgeous!
After that I started digging out some unusual weeds that have taken over my rock garden. Roundup would have been easier but working by hand is quicker and more therapeutic! In that bed in front of lovely piece of driftwood I found at Patricia Beach I planted 3 fireworks fountain grass. I figure it will delicately fall over the driftwood! Next I moved on to the herb garden I planted along my garage. I actually made a raised herb garden using some railway ties that were lying around my yard. I put a climbing spinach vine in the middle to grow up my trellis. I put lemon balm(for tea), mint(for mohito`s), rosemary, oregano, and thyme for cooking. Then I crawled into the house, hugged the kids goodnight, and settled in for a good rest before a new day begins! Wishing everyone a good weekend and happy gardening! I would love to hear some gardening stories. If you have an interesting one send it to me. I can post the most interesting one on our blog each week! Tammy Jensen


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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My name is Boomer by Boomer the Garden Center Dog

           Hi! My name is Boomer and I am the garden center dog. This is my first blog. I follow Sue around the garden center from January till April. I am the most wonderful and beautiful golden retriever.Oh yes, and the best behaved dog! I love being spoiled and eating the plants in the greenhouse! The grasses are the best! My favorite grass is the Fireworks Fountain Grasgarden center dog, planting box, peat moss, golden retrievers. They get real upset when I eat that because it's brand new or something. They all look the same to me! They are so tasty! I do lots of work here greeting people, chewing pots, walking on plant tables,and digging in the mud in the potting room. I also work very hard chasing away the bunnies in the back nursery area. Please come and see me in fireworks fountain grass, jensen nursery and garden center, winnipeg, greenhouse, annual grasses, outdoor container potsthe greenhouse! If you find me too big and friendly I can sit in the lunch room(yummy) and check out the lunches! Please come visit me and check out the wonderful greenhouse. See you soon!


ps. bring doogies cookies 
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