Friday, March 16, 2018

Attracting Butterflies

  •   They use the plants in your garden as a food source, to lay their eggs, food for the larvae and pupating.
  •  They are attracted to the scents of certain garden plants rather than the flower colour & shape
  •  They pollinate the same way bees do but they can’t pick up as much pollen because their bodies are tall & slender.
  •  Choose the right plants. Nectar plants feed adult butterflies, caterpillars require specific host plants.
  •  Provide shelter and sunshine. Grasses, shrubs and piles of rocks or branches give butterflies places to rest. Flat rocks let them bask in the sun.
  •  Avoid pesticides (even “natural” ones). Learn to tolerate a few pests to allow butterflies to thrive.
  • Favourite Flowers: Brightly coloured flowers that are flat and have a place for butterflies to land.
  • How they pick up pollen: When they go in for a drink of nectar, pollen gets stuck on their body.
For more information on plants that attract Butterflies - BUTTERFLY FAVORITES

To buy plants that attract Butterflies -
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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Attracting Hummingbirds

There is nothing more exciting than having a hummingbird visit your yard. Hummingbirds are said to have a special fondness for the color red, but they will feed on a variety of nectar producing flowers. If you just have a small space, like a sunny corner spot why not try planting just a few perennials to attract the hummers. Another option is some hanging baskets with annuals near a window that you can watch the hummingbirds. 
Hummingbirds -
  • Main source of food is nectar & they drink a lot. 
  • Attracted to any coloured flower that holds nectar,  first choice is to fly to red, pink, orange, & purple flowers that have tubular, funnel, or bell-shaped blossoms.
  • Very smart & have fantastic vision.
  • Consume aphids, spiders, and other small insects. 
  • Have exceptionally high metabolism (flap tiny wings so fast).

Hummingbird Feeders - 
  • Place feeders near the flowers you wish to attract them to & near window so you can watch them.
  • Buy Hummingbird food for your feeder that you mix with water.
  • Provide fresh water in a birdbath if you don’t have a water feature.
  • Clean your feeder thoroughly every 2-3 days in hot weather & refill with fresh hummingbird nectar. The build-up of bacteria can be detrimental to hummingbirds.
  • Avoid honey or artificial sweeteners. These will cause a fungus to form on the Hummingbird’s tongue.

Favourite Flower -
  • Red, orange or white tube-shaped flowers that are strong enough to support a hummingbird’s weight.    
  • How they pick up pollen: They reach their long beaks into flowers & when they are finished drinking, their faces and beaks are dusted with pollen. 

Plants to attract Hummingbirds - 
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Red Impaitence
Red Salvia
Scarlet Runners

Perennials - hummingbirds, attracting hummingbirds, flowers that attract hummingbirds, hummingbird plants
Autumn Joy Sedum
Coral Bells
Scarlet Trumpet Honeysuckle VIne
Butterfly Bush
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

March Planting Workshops

 2018 Planting Workshops 
March Workshops
All ages welcome!

Sick of winter? Come out and have some fun planting.

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Chloe - our newest plant lover!

Workshops open for any type of indoor planting. Buy one of our trendy new containers or bring your own. We will have succulents, tropical plants, cacti, herbs, seeds, miniature garden supplies & terrarium supplies. Great activity for kids of all ages! Bring along your family or some friends for a afternoon out! Chairs available if you want to laze in the sun for a while after you plant!
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Cost - Just pay for what you buy! Soil is free when you buy a container and plants!
Schedule -
Wednesday March 7th - 1:00 PM 
Wednesday March 14th - 1:00 PM & 4:30 PM
Saturday March 17th - 1:00 PM
Wednesday March 28st - 1:00 PM & 4:30 PM
 * If you would like to bring a group of 5 or more and the above times do not work contact us at [email protected] and we can set up a time for you.
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Maya's Day Christmas Concert

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Last year our friends Brian and Susan Person lost their daughter Maya on 
November 7th . Maya was an amazing, compassionate young woman that lived every day to the fullest. In her memory, her Mom and Dad have created Maya's Day. It was Maya's wish to spend this Christmas with Family and Friends giving back to those in need at Christmas. To honour Maya's wish Brian and Susan are encouraging everyone to be part of Maya's Day. On Saturday December 16th, please volunteer or donate to a charitable organization in your community. Some special charities have been highlighted in conjunction with Maya's Day are:


Feed My Lambs Street Mission Inc.
Kildonan United Church - 187 Kilbride Ave - West Kildonan 
Christmas Cheer Board - 250-1395 Ellice Avenue 
Siloam Mission - 300 Princess 
Winnipeg Harvest - 1085 Winnipeg Avenue 
Lighthouse Mission - 669 Main Street

At Jensen Nursery we will be celebrating Maya’s Day this coming weekend.  On Saturday December 16, 2017 we will be hosting a one hour Christmas Concert from 11 am to 12pm.  Please take time out of your busy day to relax and reflect on our loved ones that are with us and the ones that are not.  We will be taking donations for Siloam Mission.  We will also be donating 10% of our Sales from Saturday and Sunday.

Our condolences to Brian and Susan. May you always hold Maya's Spirit and your memories of her close to your heart.
The Jensen Family and staff.


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Front Door Decor for Winter

 Urn & Container Inserts filled with winter greens…..
… is a great way to make your front door containers warm and inviting again, …   We have many varieties of fresh greens and winter inserts either custom order or come in and learn how to make,…. it is a great way to de-stress. 
?Stop in and get inspiration; we have pre-made inserts or custom made orders for 1gallon, 2gallon, 10" and 12" sizes, and with just a little added sparkling pinecones, birch branches, or golden - red canes, a few berries & some additional Christmas sparkle is all it would take to transform your front door into a winter wonderland.    
DIY Winter Container Garden
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Creating your own winter container garden is simple;
Follow the guidelines below or get a head-start by using one of our pre-made inserts. 
 If your front door containers are frozen, you can try thawing them by pouring hot water into them or if possible move them indoors for a couple of days.
then you can recycle your old soil;   (cut back your plants to soil level)
Pop into our garden shop and pick up an insert from us,  either premade or create one yourself. 
We make our winter inserts by adding a combination of SAND & OASIS’ to fill the container then you insert a different greens into the container & make as full as you like…  Water well so OASIS and container can now freeze up.  
Mix and match textures from winter greens. We have white pine, Frasier fir, boxwood, cedar, etc., & winter holly.  Use strong, thick branches for height, and floppy branches for flow. 
Add height and interest with branches, pinecones, birch poles, berries, or dogwood or lotus pods etc .
Add lights if you want
Protect from heavy snow fall, or shake snow free after a storm
We take custom orders for winter arrangements, centerpieces and wreaths.
Winter insert pieces are made from natural materials then have decorated to your liking.
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