Christmas Movies
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Life Lived Outside
The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
December 24, 2020
Cold Protection
Christmas Movies
by Joey Bokor

If I asked you what your favorite Christmas movies were, what would you say? Would it be old-time classics like Miracle on 34th Street or It's a Wonderful Life? Comedies like Elf or Christmas Vacation? Cartoon favorites like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or A Charlie Brown Christmas?

Everyone definitely has their favorites. Funny thing is, my favorites don't ever make the Top 20 Christmas movies. I guess some of them were really TV specials and not bona-fide movies, but they are still worth watching each year. And to make sure we always had them to watch, at some point, we recorded a number of them onto a single VHS tape. (You remember what a VHS tape is, right.)

Here is the best part. When we recorded the TV specials, like Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph, the ads got recorded too. I know, I know, we do everything we can today to fast-forward through ads, but for some reason, these ads made those old tapes special. One was for Doublemint gum ('A double pleasure, waiting for you.') and the other was for My First Sony ('I like pizza-pie, I like macaroni, but what I love is My First Sony'). I'm not a gum chewer and my first Sony was a chunky silver Walkman, but for some reason those ads whisk my mind back to the days of piling on the couch with my three siblings in footy pajamas to watch Christmas specials, hoping that there was a piece of candy to go along with it in the Advent box.

But I still haven't actually told you what my favorite Christmas movies are. Yes, I love lots of the classics, but the first three that we watch each year are: Muppet's Family Christmas, A Claymation Christmas and A Muppet's Christmas Carol. One of our favorite days of the Christmas season is when we get out the movie box and pull out the old tapes and DVDs. I think it is the same for my siblings too, because once Thanksgiving rolls around, we'll text each other with funny quotes from those old Christmas favorites. They may not make most people's top movies list, but they sure are special to us.

We hope that your Christmas season is filled with funny movies and great memories. And stay warm! Looks like the coldest Christmas in twenty years. If you need any last-minute frost protection supplies or Christmas gifts, we'll be open until noon today and then closed Christmas Day and Saturday the 26th. From all of us at Kerby's, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Cold Protection for Plants

It's going to be cold tomorrow night! It still looks like it will stay above freezing, but frost is likely, so be sure you are ready to cover sensitive plants and to bring in your potted plants that don't like cold, like orchids or houseplants.

Protection - When frost or freeze approaches, the best thing you can do is be prepared to cover your plants. Make sure that you have frost blankets and anchoring pins on hand so that you don't have to make a last minute trip to Kerby's for supplies and have a plan for covering up your most sensitive plants. Make sure that you cover plants all the way to the ground, resting the blanket lightly on the plant and then anchoring the blanket to the ground with the anchor pins. Not attaching the blanket allows cold winds to creep under easily and either blow the blanket off, or push out the warm trapped air that is protecting the plant.

Water Well - The day before cold comes in, make sure you give your plants a good soaking. A lack of water when cold, dry winds are blowing can cause double the damage to your plants. Water plants at the roots only. Water on the leaves doesn't help and can cause more damage for landscape plants.

Stop Fertilizing - By now, you should have done your fall fertilization on all of your plants. At this point, you want to hold off on any general feeding until springtime. Too much fertilizer right now may encourage growth spurts during warmer days, and this new growth is extremely sensitive to cold, no matter how hardy the plant.

Avoid Some Pruning - On sensitive shrubs, you'll want to avoid pruning unless absolutely necessary. Pruning stimulates growth which can lead to weaker plants. A plant that is a little taller or wider than you want can be a good thing, as it will provide a little extra insulation. The winter is a great time to prune roses, crape myrtles, evergreens, and any deciduous trees.

Double Protection - If you're a fruit nut and have exotic tropical fruit trees, consider doubling the protection by using multiple layers of frost blankets. For covering trees, have a few stakes on hand to prop the blankets up so they aren't pulling the leaves and branches down.

These are a few tips you can use to protect your garden this winter. The best protection is being prepared for whatever mother nature throws our way.

Dwell at Kerby's - The Houseplant Shop

Send a living gift to your favorite plant person anywhere in the lower 48 states from the Dwell at Kerby's online houseplant shop. For orders shipping to cold areas, a complimentary heat pack is included to keep plants snuggly and warm on their journey. Shipping is on hold over the holidays and will resume on January 4th.


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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

Store Hours

Monday - Saturday
9am - 5:00pm
11am - 4pm

Holiday Hours:

Thursday, December 24th, 9am to 12pm
Closed Christmas Day
Closed Saturday, December 26th
Thursday, December 31st, 9am to 12pm
Closed New Years Day