Discover the Fun of Gardening

February 16, 2012   

The beauty of amaryllis is undeniable.

After a little cold snap this past weekend, it is starting to feel like spring is in the air. This means that it is time to plant spring bulbs. All of the cool bulbs you love, like blood lily, caladiums and amaryllis are in at the nursery and ready to be a part of your garden. And to kick off this year's workshop series, join us at the nursery this Saturday, Feb 18th at 10am for a workshop on Planting Spring Bulbs. We'll talk about tricks for planting bulbs and getting gorgeous flowers each spring.   

Beautiful new pots at the nursery.
If you really want some color for your porch, patio or garden, come check out the new pottery just in at the nursery. Bold reds, oranges and yellows are sure to brighten your garden all year long.  Plus there are tons of beautiful flowers that will make your container gardens the envy of your neighbors.


Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue

Spring Bulbs

Upcoming Events

Tomatoes and Peppers are in
4" Pots  - $1.99

New Shipment of Golden Trumpet Trees
10" Pot - $19.99


Spring Bulbs

Bulbs are a wonderful treat. The foliage fades in winter, leaving you wondering where it's gone. And then slowly but surely as warm days arrive, small green leaves begin to emerge from the soil. Often, the bulbs are a memory of last year's garden, planted in now forgotten locations. But the bright and beautiful flowers are a welcome surprise and a reminder of the wonders of nature.

Bulbs are easy to grow, and in our area, we can grow quite a few beautiful ones. They are best grown in rich, well-drained soil. To create a bulb planting area, turn 3 to 4 inches of good planting soil into the entire area and then plant bulbs in the new soil mix. Or get creative and mix bulbs into existing landscape areas for a surprise each season. Avoid wet areas, as this can cause the bulbs to rot. Below are some of our favorite bulbs for spring, and don't miss this weekend's workshop on spring bulbs - Saturday, Feb 18th at 10am.

Amaryllis - A classic flower with enormous blossoms in red, pink or white. Plant bulbs so that the neck is at the soil line. Amaryllis also make a great flower for a pot. Plant and grow outside, and bring indoors when they are in bloom.

Blood Lily - Like a burst of fireworks, these cool flowers add a great, colorful surprise to your summertime garden. It's like an early Fourth of July! Plant bulbs 1" deep with crest of bulb above the soil and watch them grow. 

Gloriosa Lily - A tropical, vining lily, the gloriosa will ramble delightfully on a trellis or can climb mysteriously up another shrub. The vibrant, unique flowers bloom in late spring after growing four to six feet. Plant the tubers horizontally, 2 - 3" below ground.

Caladiums - Nothing is more beautiful than a mass of caladiums planted in a shade garden. The color is amazing and will brighten those dark areas of your yard. Caladiums are easy too. Plant them 2 inches deep about 12 inches apart. Try some cool varieties like Grey Ghost or Miss Muffett. (Caladiums will be arriving at the nursery the second week of February.)

And don't forget about Gladiolus, Gingers, and Rain Lilies...they're all beautiful!


Upcoming Events

Kerby's has lots of fun planned for the garden in 2012, including workshop favorites on vegetables, herbs and roses, as well as some new workshops on bulbs and trees. There has never been a better time to Discover the Fun of Gardening.


Workshop: Planting Spring Bulbs
Saturday, February 18th at 10:00 am

Bulbs are like a little surprise in the garden each year as they emerge in the spring. With many unique and beautiful flowers, bulbs are a great way to add easy color. This workshop will teach you all about bulbs, including the best way to plant and care for them. And we'll demonstrate using bulbs to make beautiful patio planters.


Workshop: Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, February 25th at 10:00 am

Healthier, tastier vegetables are easy to grow, and in this workshop, you'll get all the information you need to get your vegetable garden going this spring. We'll also talk a bit about raised garden beds and how to grow veggies in them.


Workshop: Cold Hardy Landscaping
Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 am

Tough plants for Florida Gardens are the feature in this workshop. You'll see some amazing plants that are great at taking whatever mother nature throws at them. We'll also teach you some tricks for creating a beautiful landscape. Featuring our We Plan You Plant service, for anyone wanting a jumpstart on a gorgeous landscape.



Spring Fling
Saturday, March 10 10am - 4pm

Bring on the color! You won't be able to resist all the amazing flowers we've found for this year. Come out on Saturday and enjoy some fresh-popped popcorn and lemonade and take a stroll around the boardwalk to see all of this season's new arrivals.  There will also be a fun activity for the kids!


Workshop: Planting and Caring for Trees
Saturday, March 17th at 10:00 am

Do you want a wonderful shade canopy that adds value to your house? Or a spring-flowering tree that lights up your landscape? Then you need a tree! This workshop will teach you all about planting and caring for new trees and give you all the tricks we use to make sure a tree gets off to a good start. We'll also talk about caring for trees as they grow to maximize growth and beauty.





Workshop: Growing Delicious Herbs
Saturday, March 24 at 10am

We all love food. And we love food even more when it's cooked with tasty herbs.  Growing your own herb garden is easy and it is a great way to always have fresh herbs for all of your favorite recipes. Come to this workshop to learn all about growing herbs and what herbs can be used for.





Workshop: Fruit Trees for Small Spaces
Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 am

Juicy and delicious, there is nothing like picking fruit from a tree you've grown and eating it on the spot. But not everyone has a huge yard with room for an orchard. At this fruit tree workshop we'll focus on some new dwarf varieties of fruit trees that are great for your yard, and talk about how to keep trees smaller when space is limited.




3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 7th at 10am SHARP!
Please note the Easter egg hunt is on Saturday

Bring your Easter basket and get ready for a whole lot of fun . . . it's the 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kerby's. Starting right at 10:00am, be ready to hunt and see how many Easter Eggs you can find hidden among the beautiful flowers.



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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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