Thursday, August 08, 2013

Is that it for summer?

Where did our summer go??? I hope it’s going to be coming out of hiding soon! I was sitting out on the balcony the other day thinking “what a great day for planting”. It’s a fine time to be planting trees, shrubs and perennials to be enjoyed next season. This is also the time of year to be thinking about what you would like to change in your yard or garden for next year. Maybe you already know of a few holes you would like to fill, or maybe you would like to extend a bed or create a new one. This is a great time to get those trees, shrubs or perennials planted and settled in nicely before frost. Check out our web-site for some wonderful information on trees, shrubs and perennials. If you haven’t had time to take a step back and make some notes on what you would like to change or keep in your garden or containers for next year, now is the time to do it while you can sit and look at it. Maybe that tree you planted in the back yard a few short years ago has grown more than you thought. All of a sudden, the sunny spot where you have had your roses or have always planted your sun-loving annuals is getting more shade than sun. Now is a great time to sit back and think about what you would like to enjoy in that spot instead. If you decide on what you would like to see in that spot, take advantage of our weather and the great prices at Jensen’s and get it done now! If you would rather Jensen’s planted for you, just give us a call. I took time a few days ago to sit down and make some notes. This spring in my containers I had planted an Intrigue Canna, mouth-watering salmon coloured begonias, coleus and Lismachia and I have decided that for next year, the begonias have got to go. I thought I would try the begonias (I couldn’t resist the colour), even though my balcony is hot and south facing, as I get a fair bit of shade from the balcony above; but, I found that I had to move my containers way too much to give my begonias enough shade and to keep my plants from leaning toward the light. I will be planting the canna again as I just love the colour of the leaves and I will also be planting a lot more Lismachia. I love the beautiful green colour and the way it flows gracefully over the edges and down the container. Now, I just have to decide on a flower to replace the begonia that will take full sun and a lot of wind. And, oh yes, more heliotrope for sure in my other container! I’m really enjoying the sweet smell of my heliotrope when I sit out on my balcony, especially in the evening. If you plant a vegetable garden, remember to rotate your crops. If you plant the same vegetable in the same spot every year, unless you really add a lot of compost or rejuvenate the soil, that vegetable will become poorer and poorer. It will be taking the same minerals out of the soil each year. Make a list of the vegetables you are wanting to plant. Take advantage of companion planting to make your life easier. Some plants will deter pests, while others may inhibit or support the growth of flowers or vegetables. Also, make the most of your garden by planting early maturing vegetables with slower growing, later maturing ones. This is one of the most enjoyable parts of gardening – planning for next year!!! It’s so much fun to plan and strive for perfection. So, don’t be kicking yourself in the middle of winter as you’re starting to think about what you’re going to be planting or changing in the garden. Make some notes now while your mind is fresh and while your garden is mature and in full bloom. Can you really rely on your memory??? Arlene
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

May Long Weekend - Planting time is here!

Well it's that time again! Typically it should be safe to plant annuals after the may long weekend. I've also heard after the first full moon in June! This year people have been planting for about 2 weeks already! I have to admit I did a container with a false banana plant, licorice plant, calabrachia, and black eyed sue vine about 1 1/2 weeks ago. Two nights ago we had a low of 1 degree. My container survived! I had planted using "Myke" to get the root going fast! People have been asking me for 2 weeks if it safe to plant. My response is always the same - "Well it is 25 above and beautiful - BUT this is Winnipeg and the weather can change in a second." Waking up yesterday and finding out the temperature dropped to 1 degree just confirms it! So plant away - but please check the forecast! Just a little frost can kill a annual. The perennials, shrubs, and trees can handle it now.
We expect to be very busy at the garden center this weekend. I apologize in advance if we do not get to all the phone calls. I have been trying after hours to catch up all the phone messages - but this weekend it will be hard. Send me a email at and I will see it on my blackberry and I can send back a quick answer!! We just received a truckload of plants last night - I recall seeing Topaz Jewel Rose, Champlain Rose, Fireglow Rose, Pavement Roses, Mohanican Viburnum, French Lilacs, Lilac and Caragana Standard, Trail Applecrab, Pagoda Dogwood, and Ivory Halo Dogwood to name a few! I am expecting a truck load of annuals today - petunia's, toamtoes, vegetables, herbs, ageratum, alysum, aster, begonia, cosmos,caster bean, coleus, datura,dusty miller, gazinia, impatience, kale, lavatera, lobelia,marigolds, morning glory, nicotina, nierembergia, petunia, portulaca, salvia, snapdragons, vinca,zinnia, blackeyed sue vine, euphorbia, sweet potatoe vine,osteospermum, geraniums, spikes, nemesia, and mandivilla vine. Just to name a few!!!! Gerald Lacoste will be sneaking all the fancy "oddball" as he calls them variety's in the back door as well!!!
Well I have a busy day ahead sorting out 300 plus flats of new annuals! I expect they should arrive by mid afternoon! So see you in the greenhouse!
Happy planting!
Tammy Jensen
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