Discover the Fun of Gardening

January 27, 2011   

Beautiful blooming camellias and even a few blooming golden trumpet trees around Seffner are a sign that spring is on its way here. It won't be long before it's time to plant veggie gardens, revive flower beds and make everything beautiful again. If you want to get a head start on spring color, a new shipment of spring bulbs just arrived at the nursery, including huge amaryllis. See below for information on planting bulbs. They are a great way to have a spring garden surprise every year!

2011 will be an exciting year at Kerby's. The event calendar is already filling up with fun workshops, our first ever kid's event and of course Spring Fling on the boardwalk. It will be a great year to Discover the Fun of Gardening.

Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue
Spring Bulbs

Upcoming Events


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.

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, Amazon Lilies and Rain Lilies...they're all beautiful!

Upcoming Events

Kerby's has lots of fun planned for the garden in 2011, including workshop favorites on vegetables, herbs and roses, as well as some new kids gardening events that will get the whole family involved. 2011 will be a great year to Discover the Fun of Gardening.


Workshop: Growing Cold Hardy Fruits

Peaches, Apples, Pears, Plums, Persimmons, Citrus
Featuring Cold Hardy Avocados

Saturday, February 19th at 10:00 am

Recent cold winters may have you wondering what fruit trees you can plant that will survive through frosts and freezes. Never fear! There are tons of options. From Peaches and Apples, to Mulberries and Cold-Hardy Avocados, there are enough cold hardy fruits to fill any orchard. Come out to this workshop to learn our secrets for great fruit trees and see all the tantalizing trees that are easy to grow in sour area.



Workshop: Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, February 26th 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. Also included is an Earthbox demo, showing you how to grow veggies, even with limited space.



Workshop: Cold Hardy Landscaping
Saturday, March 5th 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 beautiful landscape. Featuring our We Plan You Plant service, for anyone wanting a jumpstart on a gorgeous landscape.



Spring Fling
Saturday - Sunday, March 12 - 13

Bring on the color! You won't be able to resist all the amazing flowers we've found for this year. Come out over the weekend and enjoy some fresh cotton candy and popcorn and take a stroll around the boardwalk to see all of this season's new arrivals. 



Workshop: Classic Southern Gardens
Saturday, March 26th at 10:00 am

Want to create a classic southern garden with camellias, gardenias and azaleas. Come out and learn about the best way to plant, prune and care for these classic shrubs.






Kerby's Kids Gardening Activity
Saturday, April 2 at 10:00am

Little hands, a little dirt and lots of fun; It's the first ever Kerby's Kids event. Come out with the family for this fun event that will let everyone get there hands a little dirty. The kids will get to learn a little about plants, and create their own masterpiece to take home and watch grow.  





Workshop: Tropical Fruit Trees
Saturday, April 9th 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. Whether you like mangos or jakfruit, kiwi or papaya, or nance and custard apple, there is a fruit to fit every taste. After the workshop, you'll be able to sample some of the delicious fruits that can be grown in our area.



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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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