The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
January 30, 2020
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Celebrating Milestones
by Joey Bokor

This newsletter was written on a bus as Kim and I traveled through the countryside of Spain. Spinning windmills line the tops of distant mountains and an ocean of olive trees stretches as far as the eye can see. The sights and experiences in Spain have been amazing, but I'll tell you more about those in another newsletter. Today it's not about what I'm doing, it's about who I'm doing it with that makes the magic.

Fifteen years ago today, Kim and I said 'I do' and it also happens to be the same day that we went on our first date together twenty-seven years ago. For us, that's more than half a lifetime spent together. And so far, it has been an amazing ride. Over the years, we've weathered the ups and downs of life, experiencing good times and not-so-good times. But through sickness or health, we've always been there for each other. And that's what you need to make a great life together. You need someone who has seen you at your worst to then push you to be your best. Someone who isn't afraid to leap into the dark with you, knowing that whatever adventure is coming, it will be better together. We've come a long way over twenty-seven years, and I can't wait to see what the next half of our lifetime has to offer.

Now that Kim and I have celebrated our milestone, we are turning our attention to the big milestone Kerby's has coming up. We are a little over a month away from turning 40! And we know that Kerby's wouldn't have reached middle age if it wasn't for your love of gardening. So, share your garden with us. If you click this link, you can send in a little story if you have it, or you can just e-mail us at Send along pictures of your gardens too. Let us see and share some beautiful Kerby's plants in action. We plan to highlight a different story or garden each week throughout the year.

And since we are entering a new decade, we are trying new things. On Sunday, February 23rd at 10am, we will have our first plant swap at the nursery, hosted by @tampabaeplants. You can find information about the plant swap here. And of course our events page has our 2020 schedule of seminars and events. A lot of fun stuff is about to start happening and who knows, maybe we'll create some milestones worth celebrating along the way.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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For nearly 200 years, camellias have been a fixture in southern gardens. As landscape centerpieces or foundation plantings, they pull a garden together and their blooms bring a bit of cheer during the winter, when their color is warmly received.

Varieties: Camellias come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. From formal pinks to loose, ruffled reds, there is a look and a style for everyone. There are also two main varieties of camellias: sasanquas and japonicas. The sasanqua varieties tend to bloom from late fall to early winter and are usually compact, arching bushes. Some of our favorite sasanquas are Cotton Candy (a beautiful semi-double pink) and Shi-shi Gashira (a rosy-red semi-double). The japonica varieties bloom in winter and early spring, and include many shapes and sizes, including Pink Perfection, a perfectly formed, formal double flower! If you have room for more than one camellia, try planting multiple varieties that bloom at different times for color from October to May.

Plant Characteristics: Camellias are slow growing, eventually reaching six to eight feet tall and four to six feet wide. They need very little pruning, but make sure they have room to grow to their full potential. If pruning is needed, do it in early fall before blooms start to set.

Location: Camellias thrive best in part shade, and in an area that has good air circulation. Four hours of morning sun is ideal. Avoid too much afternoon sun, which is intense and hot, and can cause the leaves to burn.

Soil: Camellias love a rich, well-drained acidic soil such as Kerby's Pulverized Pine Soil. The more soil you can turn into the planting hole and surrounding area, the better your camellias will grow. Camellias do not like wet soil, so make sure that the area drains well, even after heavy rains.

Planting: The ideal time to plant camellias is during the fall and winter months, so that their roots can become established before summertime. It's also the time that many are blooming, so you'll get to enjoy some beautiful winter and spring color. For more planting and watering instructions, see Caring for New Plants.

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