Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” – Robin Williams
…and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the coming of spring with you! This Saturday February 28, we welcome you through our doors into a world of spring delight. Springtime is for new beginnings and we’re so excited to begin this year with a fresh new look! We’ve come a long way since our beginnings in 1937, so we decided to let a little fresh air into the way we bring Shelmerdine to you.
You can now enjoy browsing through our store online, keeping up with our newest arrivals of unique finds for your home, garden and wardrobe. Very soon, you’ll be able to purchase these goodies from the comfort of your home. Is that a smile we see? You’ll also want to discover our new weekly blog, the bulletin. In it, we’ve combined all of our passions; plants, recipes, diy projects, gardening, decorating and style tips, to bring you the best of our best in an inspiring and uplifting quick read.
In a few weeks, the snow will have melted, trees will be in bud, and vibrant tulips will burst into bloom! The fresh air and warm sun will fill you with energy and optimism, and a visit to Shelmerdine will become second nature.
Are you ready? Here we go!
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Orchids are a true wonder of nature.
With an estimated 30,000 varieties occurring naturally, and over 150,000 hybrids, orchids make up one of the largest and oldest flowering plant families. Orchids are one of the most popular flowering plants; its simplicity and beauty are hard to resist. When sourcing orchids, our greenhouse buyer Deanne Cram, works with a few selected orchid suppliers, taking into account ease of care, color, height, number of buds, and stage of budding.
Orchids can be surprisingly low-maintenance. Unlike most plants, some orchid varieties are epiphytic, meaning they grow in air. Their roots attach to trees or rocks, where they capture moisture and nutrients. Others are terrestrials, growing in loamy, detritus soil. Most varieties require little water, plenty of direct or indirect sunlight, and healthy doses of orchid fertilizer. For more specific care guidance, our greenhouse staff (some are orchid fanatics) would love to share their knowledge of orchids with you.
We’re excited to be taking part in the MB Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale coming up on March 20, 21 and 22 at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory. We’ll be featuring a selection of affordable mini orchids, as well as growing medium, pots, fertilizer, and supplies. A breath-taking display of hundreds of orchids will be available for admiration or for purchase.
1: Dendrobium Species (Classic White ‘Memoria Yukie Nakano’); 2: Dendrobium Phalaenopsis / Oncidium Species (Dancing Lady Orchid); 3: Oncidium Species (Miltassia Charles M. Fitch ‘Izumi’)
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
How does your garden grow?
With this question in mind, March is the month to plan your gardening season ahead. There may still be snow on the ground, but if you take advantage of March as a planning month then when planting season arrives, you’ll be able to devote your time to where you want to be most – in your garden!
Consider taking in a gardening show to get your wheels in motion. Gardeners of all knowledge levels and skills will enjoy Gardening Saturday, an exciting event held on March 28 at Winnipeg’s Victoria Inn. This show features over 100 booths and 15 educational sessions. It’s an interactive show where you can ask questions and learn from many gardening enthusiasts. While you’re there, be sure to say ‘hi’ and pick up a little treat from our Shelmerdine booth!
While it’s still to cold to be outdoors much, a fantastic book to get lost in is the recently released Shelmerdine Plant and Garden Guide. This book was written by our experts and features 3,000 listings and more than 2500 colour photographs of plants that will thrive in our climate zone. The guide is an invaluable tool for every gardener!
How To Make the Most Out of March:
- Take advantage of free seminars offered by local garden centres
- Book appointments with landscape designers
- Review notes from last year’s garden journal if you kept one
- Read through seed catalogs
- Sketch out your garden plot so you know what will go where
- Buy seeds – you’ll find the best selection of varieties in March
Happy planning and here’s hoping for an early spring!