Tuesday, May 07, 2019

May Long Weekend is coming!

 May Long Weekend, is fast approaching, which means Mother Nature better bounce back and deliver some amazing weather, but regardless the neighbourhoods will still become a buzz with yard activities;  as the weeks that follow Victoria Day, is Manitoba’s key planting time.  Ready or not, come out and visit the greenhouse especially to get those customer favorites the colourful and tranquil tropical plants, the classic and new annuals, herbs, succulents, house plants & perennials for those front and backyard planters and gardens -  need inspiration for those empty planter pots, Just ASK, …    
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A few SPRING flowering trees and shrubs that will provide a burst of colour and curb appeal to any home, along with minial maintenance;    
flowering rosybloom
Lilacs, many different varieties of colour, needs at least 6 or more hours of sunlight, prefers soil rich in nutrients, so add compost to soil if planting in heavy sand or clay.  Makes a great privacy green screen.Forsythia,  flowers with yellow blooms before the green foliage, needs a sunny location, adaptable to many soil types, upright growth habit, deer resistant.   Azalea & Rhododendron, likes morning sun keep away from afternoon sun as foliage will burn, protect from winter winds.
Crab apples, Sunny location, adaptable to many soil types, display of white, pink or magenta blooms depending on variety selected,  
Flowering Almond, needs full sun, adaptable to most soils , tree and shrub form, making it a great choice for mass plantings. They don’t produce almonds, but have a sweet almond-like fragrance.
 
 
Quick tip:  All newly planted nursery stock should be watered at the soil level every day for one week, then every other day for the next two weeks then adjust due to rainfall or drought conditions.
 
 
…  Caution: Always remember to do a few good favourite stretches before attempting a good day of gardening.

PS - We just got some beautiful long stemmed cut flower carnations in assorted colors. 
cut flowers, carnations  
 
 
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Great Deals for you Containers or Gardens!

 Looking For Some Great Buys on Plants to Fill Those Bare Spots or Add to your Garden or Container??????
 
Well, you have come to the right place!!!  Jensen’s is having a great start of summer sale on all baskets, decorative containers, shade annuals, trailers, annual herbs, vegetables and tomato packs.  All baskets and decorative containers are $5.00 off, while the veggies and annual herbs are $1.00 off.  The trailers are marked down to $2.00 and the Tomato 6 packs are $1.50.  The Ornamental Corn, priced at $7.99 and marked down to$4.00 is a must to try.  The variegated leaves are so pretty and add a special touch to any container instead of the traditional Dracaena spike.  This is the time to test it in your garden to see how it performs.  You may be “AMAIZED” and anxious to try it in a container next year!  Priced at $1.00, now is the time to try some Purple Basil.  It’s decorative as well as edible!
 The old blue Recycling box, taking up space in the garage or basement, is a great container for planting herbs or even a few tomatoes or other vegetables and some marigolds.  Always plant some marigolds with your vegetables or in the flower garden to ward off some of those bad bugs.  They hate the smell!  When preparing your container for planting, line the bottom with newspaper to keep the soil in (you need holes for drainage), fill about 1/3 of the container with plastic recyclables, add your soil and you’re ready for planting!  If you have children or grandchildren, let them have their own garden.  A Recycling container is a great way to go.  Let them plant what they want and teach them how to look after what they are growing!  You will create a lot of pride in your child when they see what they can grow themselves!
With just finishing the School Program, I am just starting to think of potting up my own containers on my balcony.  The remaining plants in the greenhouse are healthy and in great shape. There are some beautifully coloured shade annuals like the Non-Stop Begonias and Fuchsias.  I picked up a couple of beautiful dark leaf Cannas called ‘Intrigue’, mouth-watering Non-Stop Deep Salmon Begonias, Dahlberg Daisies, ‘Sunsatia Lemon’ Nemesia, ‘Sedona’ Coleus and Lysmachia (creeping jenny).  I really loved the colour combination of these plants so I’m testing the Begonias this year to see how they will perform on my hot balcony.  Hopefully I will get enough shade in the hottest part of the day!  Of course, I had to pick up some Heliotrope for a separate container to enjoy the heavenly vanilla-scented perfume, especially in the evening. Nemesia is also one of my favourites for its fragrance.
We have some beautiful trailing plants in the greenhouse and keep in mind you can grow many of them as houseplants over the winter.  I over-wintered Lysmachia this past winter on my table near my balcony window.  I loved the colour and the way it trailed so freely, adding a touch of elegance to my table as it trailed over the edges.  I cut it back severely in March and it really bushed out nicely. The trailing stems root where they touch moist soil.  It’s a very versatile trailer as it shines in hanging baskets and containers, as a ground cover or spilling over walls; a beautiful foliage accent wherever it is grown.  It can grow in anything from light to full shade and tolerates full sun as well, with enough water.  
If you’re looking for a filler that will perform in the hottest of spots in full sun, try the Licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare).  It has a tiny grayish leaf, has an upright habit, a height of 8 – 12” is great for containers or in the landscape and is hardy in our climate.
Variegated Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus Australis ‘Variegatus’) is also an attractive trailer for containers and hanging baskets.  It has an attractively marked leaf and roots very easily.  It makes a great houseplant in winter and enjoys being transferred to the outdoors come spring.  
Two of my favourite creeping plants for containers and baskets are the Kenilworth Ivy and the Variegated Creeping Charlie.  The Kenilworth has small leaves and fragrant violet-coloured flowers.  It enjoys shade or part shade, while the Creeping Charlie enjoys full sun to part sun.  I especially love the scalloped, variegated leaves of the Creeping Charlie.  The small, trumpet-shaped flowers add interest in late spring, making it a good choice for use as a ground cover or trailing from pots and baskets and it’s hardy to -40 F!!!
As I was wandering around the greenhouse trying to decide on what plants I wanted to grow in my containers, I spotted some graceful Fiber Optic Grass (Isolepsis (Scirpus cernus).  It really adds interest to containers and the landscape alike and grows well in full sun to part shade.  
Well, I hope I have peaked your interest and you will come out and have a look, and, if you have some empty containers (especially the 2 ¼ inch square pots) that I could use for the school program next year, please bring them along!
 
Arlene Ortiz (Wheeler)
 
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Hot and New Plants 2013

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What’s Hot & What’s New 2013
Jensen Nursery & Landscaping Ltd.
 

Tropical's/Elephant Ear persian palm, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Persian Palm
Alocasia  x ‘Calidora’  
4-6high &  2-3ft wide   
part sun – shade, wet
Deer resistant

Buddha’s Palm
Alocasia cuculata ‘Buddha Palm’
2-4 ft high & 1-2ft wide
part sun – shade, wet
Deer resistant

Borneo Giant Upright Elephant Ears
Alocasia macrorrhiza 'Borneo Giant' 
7 - 10ft high & 4 - 5ft wide
part sun – shade, wet
Deer resistant Elephant Ears Black Ruffle, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, manitoba

Purple Upright Elephant Ears
Alocasia plumbae ‘Nigra’
4-5 ft high 2-3ft wide
part sun – shade, wet
Deer resistant

Black Ruffles Elephant Ears
Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Ruffles’
4 - 5 ft high & 3 - 4 ft wide
sun to part shade, wet
Deer resistant

Elena Elephant Ears
Colocasia esculenta 'Elena'
24 - 36" high & 24 - 36“wide
sun to part shade , wet
Deer resistant banana Plant Zebrina, Winnipeg, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center

Mojito Elephant Ears
Colocasia esculenta ‘Mojito'
4 - 6 ft high & 3 - 4ft wide
sun to part shade, wet
Deer resistant

Thailand Giant Elephant Ears
Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’
7-9ft high & 4 - 5ft wide
sun to part shade, wet
Deer resistant
False Banana Plant
Ensete maurelii
5 - 6ft high & 4 - 5ft wide
sun to part shade, average

False Green Banana Plant
Ensete superbum
Grows 5-6 ft tallPansy Purple Rain, Winniepg, Manitoba, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center
bright green foliage
Full sun

False Banana Plant
Ensete glaucum
6-8 ft high
Bluish green leaves.
Full sun

Basjoo Banana Plant
Musa x ‘Basjoo’
very tough Banana Plant
8-10 ft high 4-5 ft wide
Full sun

Margarita Banana Plant
Musa x ‘Margarita’
Fast growing classic Banana look
Lime green foliage
6-8 ft high, part sun

Zebrina Banana Plant Canna Bird of Paradise, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, manitoba
Musa sumatrana 'Zebrina'
5 - 6ft high & 4 - 5ft wide
sun to part shade

Poquito Banana Plant
Musa x ‘Poquito’
3-4 ft high and 2-3ft wide
Bright green lush foliage
Part to full sun

Hybrid Begonia
18 - 20" high & 18 - 20“ wide
part sun – shade
Silver, purple and green variegation

Plum Paisley Begonia
Begonia ‘Plum Paisley’
12-15" high & 12-15” wide
part sun - shade
Deep variegated leaves with dark green, white to plum margins

Canna Bird of Paridise
5-6high & 2 - 3ft wide
sun to part shade
Blue green leaves, pink flowers

Australia Red Canna canna Erebus, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, manitoba
5-6ft high & 2 - 3ft wide
sun to part shade
Purple Reddish foliage, red flowers

Intrigue Canna
5-6 ft high & 2 - 3ft wide
sun to part shade
Narrow purple leaves, orange flowers

Erebus Canna
3-4 ft high & 2 - 3ft wide
sun to part shade
Green leaves, salmon pink flowers

Ermine Canna
3-4 ft high & 2 - 3ft wide
sun to part shade
Green leaves, pure white flowers

Canna Ra
5-6high & 2 - 3ft wide Kint Tut Grass, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center , Winnipeg, manitoba
sun to part shade
Green leaves, bright yellow flowers


Grasses

Red Star Palm Grass
Cordyline australis 'Red Star'
24 - 30" high & 15 - 18" side
sun to part shade, dry
Deer resistant

Burgundy Design a Line Palm Grass
Cordyline x ‘Design a line burgundy’
Burgundy foliage that forms a tight clump
2-3 ft high
Part to full sun

Baby Tut Graceful Grass
Cyperus involucratus 'Baby Tut'
18 - 24" high & 14 - 20" wideFireworks Fountain Grass, Jensen Nurserya nd Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba
sun to part shade
Can be used in ponds

King Tut Graceful Grass
Cyperus papyrus 'King Tut'
48 - 72" high & 36 - 48" wide
sun to part shade
Can be used in ponds

Fireworks Fountain Grass
18-24” high & side
Sun or part shade

Princess Fountain Grass
Pennisetum x ‘Princess’
Beautiful purple color of the Purple Fountain Grass 
but has a wider leave to give a more textured look.
Vigorous growing to 3 ft
New zEALAND fLAX, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, manitoba
Vertigo Millet
Pennisetum x ‘Vertigo’
Thicker blade, better dark purple coloring.
3-4 ft high Full sun

Toffee Twist Grass
Carex flagellifera
18 - 24" high & 15 - 18" wide
sun to part shade

Assorted
Bronze New Zealand Flax
Phormium tenax atropurpureum
Very tough
Grows 4-5ft high
Full sun, deer resistant

Senorita Rosalita Cleome
Cleome Hybrid Regal Geranium baroness, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba,
24 - 36" high & 14 - 20“ wide
sun to part shade
Deer Resistant, Butterflies

Gaura
15 - 18" high & 12 - 15“wide
sun to part shade

Coleus
Solenostemon scutellarioides
18 - 24" high & 12 - 15" wide
sun to shade
Deer Resistant, hummingbird

Coleus Marooned
24-36 inchesColeus EI brighto, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sun or Shade

Keystone Copper Coleus
24-36 inches
Sun or Shade

El Brighto Coleus
24-36 inches
Sun or Shade

Merlin’s Magic  Coleus
10-12” high
Sun or shade

Wasabi Coleus
24-30 inches
Sun or Shade
/begonia plum paisle., jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sun Impatiens
Sun or Shade, hot dry, windy areas, will take frost
- 24-36” high and 18-24” spread
Compact Coral
Compact Magenta
Compact Orange
Compact Pink Blush

Garnet Lace Ipomoea
6-8” high and spreads to 36”
Bronze red foliage

Sweet Carolyn Bewitched Ipomoea
6-8” high and trails to 24”
Dark purple foliage

Picasso in Pink Supertunia
More compact then Pretty much Picasso
10-12” high and trails 36”coolwave pansy, jensen nursery andgarden center, winnipeg, manitoba

Pink Lemonade Suncatcher Petunia
Soft yellow petunia with pink tones
Excellent on containers

Inspired by the wave petunia line
Grows 8-10” high but spreads to 2ft
Excellent in baskets

Violet Wing Pansy

Purple Rain Pansy Cool Wave
Dark purple, cascading pansy
Will trail 18-24”

Asparagus Fern
Vigorous growing from 2-3 ft long
Excellent in mixed containers
Full to part sun

Luna Red Hibiscus
Shrub like, grows 2-3 ft high
Deep red flowers all summer/MinalobataJungleQueen, Jensen Nursery and Garden Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Full sun, tolerates a wet area

Mina Jungle Queen
Full sun vine
Yellow and red flowers
vigorous

Solanum Jasminoides White
Potato Vine
Fragrant white flowers, very vigorous, need support
Part sun

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Container Gardening - Drop by and we can help you today with your containers!

Container Gardening

Before you start:

Change the potting mix every year. A basket/container mix works best. By the time the season is over, all nutrients in the mixture will have been used up. Recycle used potting soil in your compost or work it into existing flower beds.


Picking your plants:

Think about where the container will be placed and select plants that require similar growing conditions (such as full sun or shade, moist or dry soil, sheltered or not), yet have different growth habits and bloom times. For high-traffic areas, consider adding fragrant foliage plants such as lavender, thyme and rosemary.



Thrillers, Fillers, Spillers 

These three words, coined by garden designer Steve Silk, capture the essence of good container design. In the artful container, anything goes.
Foliage only, or a mix of annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs, summer bulbs, ornamental grasses, small evergreens, vines and tropical plants are all appropriate. It's entirely your choice.

Thrillers:

The tall, upright, eye-catcher placed either in the centre or off-centre in the container; plant it first. For a tropical look  try cannas, coleus, or Palm Grasses.  Ornamental   Grasses of all kinds make great Thrillers.  Decidious or evergreen shrubs also work great.

Try using roses, a small Japanese maple, an azalea standard or your favourite shrub or evergreen as the star of your container. In the fall, remove perennials, trees and shrubs from containers and plant them in the garden three to six weeks before the ground freezes

Fillers:

Take up mid-ground space without distracting from the thriller. Begonias, lantanas, salvias, parsley, low-growing grasses and numerous other foliage and flowering plants fall into this category.



Spillers:

Plants that flow over the edges of containers: sweet potato vines (Ipomoea batatas), ivies, trailing geranium,  petunias, Bacopa and Bidens  and no doubt many more discoveries you'll make at your local garden centre.




Getting Started
•First water all plants in their cell packs or store-bought pots.
•Fill your pots with a special container potting mix such as Smart Mix.  These mixes are specially formulated for your containers.  Leave five to eight centimetres between the top of the soil and the rim of the container to allow water to slowly penetrate the root system rather than run off the surface.
•Add a tablespoon of slow release fertilizer and mix into the upper part of the soil.
•Water the soil mixture.
•Arrange your plants and plant them at the same depth they are currently at in their cell packs
•Give the container one more watering.



Care
•If the mix feels dry to the touch approximately one inch below the surface, then it is time to water your container garden. 
•Due to the amount of water that container gardens require it is a good idea to fertilize them on a regular basis with a water soluble fertilizer such as Ultrabloom at least once every two weeks.
•Caution should be exercised to prevent over watering, which can lead to root rot. Gardeners should also keep in mind that plastic containers will fade in the sun. Therefore, placing colored plastic containers in a shady location will promote a nice appearance for a longer time.
•Removing spent blooms will encourage the growth of new blossoms. This will keep your flowers looking colorful throughout the season.



Enjoy!

If you need help designing your planter - drop by with your pots and we can help you pot it up at our container gardening area! On fridays from 9-5 Arlene Wheeler is in just to help you with your containers. We have a great selection of containers to pick from if you need new ones!



 

 

 


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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jensen Nursery and Garden Center - Who we really are.... Our First Blog from November 2010!

Hi my name is Tammy , and I am attempting to write our first blog ever! After my family and staff read this it may very well be my last blog!! Jensen Nursery and Garden Center is a family owned and operated business. My dad, Kurt Jensen started the business 44 years ago out of his River Heights home. There have been many changes throughout the years, but the one thing that has never changed is our family's commitment to the business. Our customers have always been a priority to our business. Over the years, as the garden centre has expanded so has our staff. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce some of our long time staff members!

Mr. Kurt Jensen – owner of Jensen’s since 1966
Mr Jensen can be seen out in his field digging up trees, giving advice to the staff, or walking through the garden center with an eagle eye spotting the one plant that is in desperate need of water! You always know he is around when the bright yellow hydro truck is in the parking lot. He has been an inspiration to me since I was a young child following him around while he sold trees and shrubs to customers at the old lot.

Mrs Elsie Jensen – owner of Jensen’s since 1966
Mrs Jensen has worked behind the scenes for many years. She may be showing up at your door dropping off a landscape estimate, in the greenhouse planting annuals, or running out to buy lunch for Tammy and Sue because they were busy and forgot to bring a lunch!

Tammy Jensen – daughter
I have been learning about the business since I was a child, but have been here fulltime for almost 16 years. My favourite part of the business is being out in the garden center helping customers design their yard! Having a customer leaving with a positive experience is my main goal. I truly believe that customers are what makes a business. And if the customers are happy a business will be successful!

Susan Jensen Stubbe – daughter
Susan can be seen running away from the garden center.....on her way to her next estimate or landcape design appointment. She also spends time out on job sites ensuring that our work is up to our high standards at all times! If you can find her at the garden center she will be happy to pass on her enthusiasm for plants and design.

Karl – garden center staff
Karl is quite often referred to as Mr Jensen! His Danish accent, his love for plants, and dedication to Jensen’s has customers convinced he has to be Mr Jensen! I really do not know where we would be without Karl’s vast knowledge and the dedication he puts into his job.

Jennifer – garden center and gift store staff
Jennifer has helped take our garden center to the next level. She has been an amazing source of ideas and support through all our endeavours of the last few years. She gives us sisters the push we sometimes need!

Laura – garden center and gift store staff
Laura has become our resident bug terminator! She has taken it upon herself to learn every pest that can infect a plant and just how to get rid of it. She also can be seen with her nose in a book looking up information for a customer. She will not rest till she has an answer to your question!

John – garden center staff
Mr fix-it as John has become known, can be heard saying, “I think there is a better way to do this”. John has been become a regular fixture at Jensen’s, upgrading, repairing, and simplifying more items than I could possible list!

Penny – garden center and gift store staff
Penny can be seen in the outdoor display area going through all the shrubs, perennials and trees and keeping them looking their best. Penny is very meticulous with the plants and has become very valuable in keeping our garden center looking its best!

Rennae – garden center and gift store staff
Rennae is always on the move! Whether it be redoing the showroom giftware displays, or running out to help a customer. She also recently has taken a pruning course and is a wealth of information!

Chelsea – deliveries and plantings
Chelsea can be seen loading trees, soil, and stakes into the delivery truck to plant trees in a customer’s yard. If she wasn’t so good at planting trees, we would have her at the garden center fulltime singing to the plants in her beautiful voice! We look forward to having her with us throughout her university years!

*a special thanks to Mark and Luc who have worked very hard in our landscape division making customers yard’s a place to enjoy!

All of these staff have been extremely valuable to our business, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without their help and dedication. I also have to mention the great group of new staff we had this year as well. I’m hoping they will be back next year, and that I will be given an opportunity to tell you all about them in the future! There is also someone who knows who she is that has been working behind the scenes for the last year to get our website up and running. And to her a special thank you!

Now that I have spent so much time raving about all our wonderful staff I have run out of time to talk about the business. So on that note, I invite you to come to our garden center and experience it for yourself! We are truly dedicated to help each and every customer to the best of our ability. If we do not know an answer, we will not give up till we find it. We are here to help you with all your gardening choices! That is my promise! Sincerely yours, Tammy Jensen


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sun, Shrubs, Trees, Soil, Stone, and Flowers galore!

The sun is shining! Spring is finally here! Everytime I look out the window a truck is driving up with a fresh load of shrubs, trees, evergreens, and more! We are in the process of building a new system to display and care for the trees! We also have some very hard working guys potting up truckloads of bareroot trees and shrubs. By tomorrow they will be done, and will start bagging more mulch, riverstone, limestone, shale, soil, and what ever else we can bring them! Jennifer is running around trying to put up signs as quickly as the plants arrive. Chelsey is back for her second year running out to greet all the customers!Laura is taking care of all the annuals and baskets in the greenhouse. Karl AKA Mr Jensen is busy planning and designing the outdoor shrub area. Drop by and check out all the excitement. It may not be organized quite yet, but the plants are here just waiting for a new home. I now have a PDF version of our catalogues available online. There is the shrub and tree plant list, and the perennial list. Just email me at tammy@jensennursery.com  and I will send it to you! Happy gardening!~ Tammy
clematis, greenhouse, Jensen nursery and garden center, winnipeg
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