Discover the Fun of Gardening

January 10, 2013   

Azaleas are already flowering around town. Now is a great time to plant them for beautiful spring blooms. 

How are you taking advantage of this delightfully warm January? Even though it is early in the year, azaleas and trumpet trees are already showing off their spring blooms. There is no need to be afraid of the calendar, winter in Florida is a wonderful time to get out in the garden and have some fun. If you need some ideas for things to do, see below.

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The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Golden Trumpet Tree
$24.99 10" Pot
 Featured Plant
Golden Trumpet Tree
Tabebuia x
This spring flowering tree is starting to bloom around town because our winter has been so mild. It is a gorgeous tree, erupting from its winter dormancy with a bright, golden show that is hard to miss. After it blooms, it puts on lovely green leaves and makes a nice medium-sized shade tree, growing up to twenty feet tall.

Get Out in the Garden

The beauty of living in Florida is that you don't have to be cooped up inside during the winter. Except for a few cold days, we can garden all year long. There is plenty to do, and the sun-kissed afternoons of January are the perfect time to get things done, without having to break a sweat. Below are some ideas for great things to do this time of year.


Prune - but only certain plants. Things you'll want to leave alone: tropicals that might be damaged by cold (or even tropicals that have already been damaged by the cold.), azaleas (they have already set their blooms for the spring.) It's the perfect time to prune: roses, crape myrtles, and many cold-hardy fruits including peaches, apples, pears, plums and nectarines. This is a great time to do a severe prune on these shrubs and trees if necessary, since they are dormant or partially dormant at this time of year. Pruning now will encourage healthy growth in the spring.

Think Veggies - It isn't quite time to start most vegetables, although you can get away with planting some leafy vegetables. You can start some seeds indoors if you want a jumpstart on the season. It is time to start amending and turning the soil for this season's garden. Add homemade compost, cow manure and top soil now and work it into the soil. Letting it sit for the next month will allow the nutrients to mix and the soil to be in top shape for your spring vegetable garden. Come out to the veggie workshop on Saturday, February 23rd at 10am to learn all about veggie gardening in Florida.

Clean - Okay this is more like a chore, but it needs to be done, and these days with afternoons in the 70s and 80s are perfect for getting it done. Clean dead and old plants out, remove leaves from fall and excess mulch that may be smothering plants or running over the sides of your flower beds. Having your landscape beds ready for spring will make it that much easier to get planting. Plus the hard work will already be done!


Get Ideas - When you can't get outside, you can always daydream about gardening. There are lots of places to get great ideas and spring inspiration. If you really want a jumpstart on your spring garden, try out Kerby's We Plan, You Plant service, and have a designer get your garden ideas together. You'll be set and ready to go when spring arrives.

Plant Now After a few cold winters, it seems everyone is a little scared of planting, but there are so many things that are great to put in the ground right now. Pansies, geraniums and dianthus are just a few flowers that can be planted now. It is (we know you won't believe it) the best time of year to plant shade trees, and any dormant trees. Hardy shrubs such as azaleas, camellias and viburnums can also be planted with no fear. So if you are bored inside, get out your shovel and do a little planting.

Upcoming Events


Workshop: Growing Cold-Hardy Fruit Trees
Saturday, February 16th at 10:00 am

There is nothing better than picking fresh fruit from your backyard tree. And it's even better when it is a cold-hardy tree and you can sit back and relax during the winter. From apples, peaches and nectarines to persimmons and figs, we'll talk about delicious fruits that are easy to grow and are hardy too. 


Workshop: Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, February 23rd 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.






Spring Fling
Saturday, March 2nd and March 9th

Bring on the color! You won't be able to resist all the amazing flowers we've found to make this year beautiful. More details coming soon.



Workshop: Creating Curb Appeal
Saturday, March 16th at 10:00 am

Come out and learn how to create a gorgeous landscape design. It's easier than you think! We'll talk about tough plants, easy plants and beautiful plants. Plus we'll show you how to add accents and pottery to give your garden the extra spark.







Workshop: Growing Delicious Herbs
Saturday, March 23rd 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.






4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 30th 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 4th 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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