Discover the Fun of Gardening
The Kerby's E-Newsletter for January 26, 2017   

A chalice vine in our yard.

Do any of you have a flower or plant that reminds you of a special time in your life? Of course, since you are a gardener, you may have a whole yard full of plants that bring back special memories. I love all different kinds of plants: fruit trees, roses, flowers, cactus, orchids . . . and for me, the more interesting the better. Wherever I am, or whatever I'm doing, I always notice the plants around me and many become part of the memories I'm making. Then, of course, I love to try and use those plants in my garden. One of my favorites is blooming right now, and it definitely brings back great memories.

Flowers from the chalice vine
in Hawaii.
In our yard, there is a big chalice vine and it is in full bloom. Kim and I first saw a flowering chalice vine on our honeymoon in Hawaii (12 years ago this week!). When we planned our trip to Hawaii, I think we pictured relaxing days on the beach after the craziness of the wedding. However, we got married in January (the slowest month at the garden center), which meant that it was winter in Hawaii too. It wasn't cold, but it was rainy and not quite what we Floridians would call great beach weather. We tried the shopping area in Waikiki, but that wasn't our speed, so we ended up at a bookstore and bought a book on hiking in Hawaii. (Yes we had to buy a book, no looking things up on a phone!)

We ended up doing some beautiful waterfall hikes in the mountains of Oahu and on one of them a chalice vine was growing up the side of a tall waterfall. The flowers blew us a way; they were the size of our hands and the color was rich and vibrant. Once back in Florida, we searched for the vine here and finally found one. We've had to replant a couple of times after hard freezes, but we love having this reminder of our wedding and honeymoon planted in our garden. It's a lot of memories stored in one plant.

And that's just one more thing to love about gardening. It's more than planting, pruning and landscaping. It's creating a garden of memories, one plant at a time. So what are you waiting for, plant some memories today!

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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