Now is the Time,
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December 10, 2015   

Our Christmas Tree when we were children.

Every family has holiday traditions. Some are good, some make you cringe, but even the goofy ones make you look back with a smile. In my family, we had a slightly different Christmas tree tradition than most. At some point in December, it would be tree day. But we didn't head to a Christmas tree farm or unpack a box from the attic. Nope. On the patio area of our backyard, we kept a (living) southern red cedar in a whiskey barrel and on tree day, we got out the trusty old furniture dolly, somehow hefted the ceiling height tree onto the dolly and rolled it into the house. It was a pretty tree, although not as perfectly shaped as a douglas fir or blue spruce. Once in the house, it was time to decorate and that's where the tradition turned goofy.   

Create a Christmas Tradition
with your family

One year, the cedar was in bloom when we moved it inside. The blooms are inconspicuous, and just look like little white balls. I'm not sure if it was me or my sister that named them, but somehow we landed on White Dumpies as the name for these growths on the tree. And that led to fits of laughter, and probably not enough paying attention to the decorating task at hand. We used the same tree for a number of years and although it didn't always have white dumpies, just the word kept us rolling on the ground with laughter. Even now, nearly 30 years later, we still smile and laugh when we recall that old Christmas tree and its white dumpies. Its branches may not have been quite strong enough for all of our ornaments, but it was still our special tree and will always live in our memories as a fun Christmas tradition.

What Christmas traditions are you creating for your family? Some of our nursery customers do something similar to what we did. They decorate a live tree inside for the season, and then plant it outside after Christmas. Over time, the trees remind them of each individual Christmas. So enjoy the season and have fun creating a tradition with your family. Whether it is weird, wacky or just something simple, it will be a tradition that is just yours and the memories you create now will be remembered for a lifetime.

Merry Christmas,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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In This Issue

Featured Plant


Cool Christmas Gifts

Southern Red Cedar

10 Gallon Pot

Norfolk Island Pine

3 Gallon Pot


Kerby's Gift Cards



Desert Rose
10" Pot - $29.99
Featured Plant
Desert Rose
Adenium obesum

The gorgeous red, pink or white flowers of the desert rose seem to bloom whenever its warm (which is all the time lately).  The trunks and branches of the plant are thick and over time become gnarled and unique (just do an internet image search for desert rose and you'll see some cool examples.) It flourishes for years in the same pot, not needing a whole lot of care, and its water needs are similar to a cactus. Add a beautiful pot from Kerby's and you'd have a perfect gift for any gardener. 

Cool Christmas Gifts

Everyone has someone that is tough to shop for. But before you get that ugly sweater or boring necktie, why not give them the gift of gardening. There is something for everyone. And if you can't decide, get them the gift that get's better next spring: A Kerby's gift card. You'll give a great gift and they will have fun getting their hands dirty in their garden.

Pottery is beautiful. It is sturdy, long-lasting and it comes in gorgeous colors. Fill the pot with your favorite flowers and you've got a show-stopping gift.  
All Glazed Pottery
Buy One Get One 50% Off

Many gardeners need another fruit tree for their orchard, so tantalize their taste buds with a mango tree.
Mango Trees
10" Pot - $49.99
We all know someone who wants to grow veggies. Get them started with an Earthbox kit. Great for new gardeners.
Earthbox Kit
Who doesn't love a little whimsy in their garden (okay maybe Scrooge). From roosters and flying pigs to parrots and frogs, a fun piece of garden art will make your favorite gardener smile.
Garden Art
I know, I know, it has been so warm this winter. but it's bound to get cold and them a chimnea might just be the perfect gift for someone who loves their garden.
Regular Price $149.99, just $119.99
The art of bonsai is a rejuvenating activity, so get your favorite gardener a beautiful bonsai or the plant, pot and tools to create their own.  


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Seffner, FL 33584
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