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The Kerby's E-Newsletter
April 12, 2018   
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Madeleine will make her Broadway debut in Waitress this April at the Straz Center.

So spring finally got to me last week. It's been a busy season and I've tried to keep up with the weekly e-newsletter, but after planting trees all day Tuesday, and half of Wednesday, I just didn't have the energy for writing. But I'm back this week with something really fun to share. In March, my daughter Maddy auditioned for the part of Lulu in the broadway musical Waitress. The girls are at the Straz Center weekly for violin lessons and so we heard about the auditions and thought, well that would be fun. We don't have any interest in being stage parents or in having a child actor, but we figured, what's the worst thing that happens? That she gets to have fun auditioning. As it turns out, she did a great job, because she was cast as one of the Lulu's for the Tampa performance. She even got to be on Tampa Bay's Morning Blend this past week as Straz announced the casting for the role of Lulu. Okay, okay, I know this is supposed to be a newsletter about gardening, but it's hard not to be wildly proud of her. And if you don't get a newsletter the last week of April, it's because I'm busy attending as many of Maddy's performances as possible. 

But I guess we can talk a little about gardening. This Saturday, April 14th at 10am is the Butterfly Workshop. The weather has warmed and the butterflies are everywhere at the nursery, so come on out and learn how to put together a butterfly garden to make sure that your yard is a butterfly favorite. For some tips on making sure your garden is in great shape for a variety of butterflies, see below, and if you can't make the workshop, come in, check out the butterfly house and let's talk about butterflies. There really is magic in seeing those first butterflies return to your garden and we want to help you experience it.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Butterflies are miracles of nature.
Garden Tip
Gardening for Butterflies

There is nothing like seeing the first butterfly of the season find your garden. If you are new to butterfly gardening, or just want to attract as many as possible, check out the tips below and don't forget to join us this Saturday at 10am for the Butterfly Gardening Workshop.
1) Start with Nectar Plants - Nectar plants are food for the adult butterflies. Pentas, salvia, firecracker, firebush . . . there are so many to choose from. Before you head on to host plants like milkweed, make sure you've got plenty of flowers for the butterflies to feed on.
2) Hide Host Plants - Host plants are food for the caterpillars. Design your garden so that host plants like milkweed are hidden by other prettier plants. When caterpillars start eating, they can be voracious and you may not have much of the host plants left.
3) Don't use pesticides - On or near your butterfly garden. Even organic insecticides are intended to kill insects and, as pretty as they are, butterflies are still bugs. We often get asked about aphids and milkweed bugs. Control aphids by pruning and disposing of affected branches and leaves, or by introducing ladybugs into your butterfly garden. For milkweed bugs, it's the old flick and squish that tends to work the best.
4) Plant a variety - To attract butterflies of all shapes and sizes, plant flowers of different shapes, colors and sizes. A butterfly's feeding appendage is called a proboscis and each species has one of a slightly different size, so a variety of flowers creates the best opportunity for all types of butterflies to find food.
5) Be a little wild - Your HOA may not approve, but leaving some of your yard wild and overgrown provides shelter, wild food sources and puddling opportunities for butterflies. You'll have the most consistent butterfly populations if there are wild areas near or in your yard.
Now get out and enjoy!
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