Keeping Time
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March 10, 2022
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Keeping Time
by Joey Bokor

Over the years, there is a lesson about punctuality that has been thrown at me from all sides. I've heard from multiple grandparents that 'To be on time is to be late and to be early is to be on time.' And to this day I follow that. I'm always leaving early for things, and you can count on me to be sitting in my car waiting for an event to begin because I got there earlier than it actually started. I do realize that not everyone operates that way, but I'm OK with being early, because it alleviates at least one channel of stress in my life.

Of course, in a busy world, it is impossible to be perfect. But both Kim and I have found a solution that helps keep us on track. We control time. As more and more devices become digital and connected, our control over the clock has diminished, but there is still one clock we can easily control. The one in our car. As I write that, I realize that may not be the case in new cars that are connected to the internet. But in our cars (that are old enough to vote) we can easily control how we set the clocks.

The funny thing is that Kim and I live in completely different times. She sets her clock forward twelve minutes and I set mine forward six minutes. I don't know why it makes us both feel like we are 'more on time', but somehow it does. I think it gives us a little breathing room when we are hustling to get somewhere and then realize that we actually have a few more minutes to spare once we arrive.

Are we crazy? Does anyone else do this? I'm pretty sure I used to do the same thing with my bedside alarm clock. If you do, what time do you live in? How many minutes is the sweet spot for keeping you on time?

Thank you to everyone who came out this past weekend for Spring Fling. It was a great success, and we hope that you were able to find something beautiful for your gardens and got a chance to learn about your favorite gardening subject. We'll keep the learning going this coming Saturday with our Simple Landscape Design seminar. In this class, I'll teach you some basic principles of landscape design and how you can easily apply them to any space in your yard. If you're like me, you've got a few frost and freeze damaged plants that need to be replaced and making sure you have a great plan is the first step towards a beautiful landscape.

I was also reminded this week that I never gave you the go ahead to prune your frost-damaged plants. And while it has been quite warm over the last couple of weeks, what I was really waiting for was the Strawberry Festival, which is going on now. If you've lived in this area for a while, you know that it always gets cold during the Strawberry Festival. And this year is no exception. We are looking at a quick drop in temperatures this coming Saturday night, but after that, you are free to prune away. It's time. And if you set your clocks like me, you might even have a few extra minutes.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

p.s. Mark your calendars for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Saturday, April 16th at 10am sharp, we'll give the countdown for the kids to find eggs hidden among the beautiful plants at the nursery. Please note that to accommodate the growing size of the event, we are going to close the entrance/exit on Wheeler Rd for the week leading up to Easter. Of course, all of our gates on Parsons will be open for your use. It's been three years since our last hunt, and we are excited to watch all of the smiling faces fill their baskets with eggs.

p.p.s. We are always looking for great people to join our team. Plant knowledge is a bonus, but not required. What is important is that you love talking to people and want to help spread Kerby's values of success, beauty, honesty, happiness, and fun. Click here to learn more.

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Creating Curb Appeal

With a colder winter this year than we've had in four years or so, you may need to redo some of your landscape beds. Use our tips below to create a design that will be the envy of the entire block.

1. Focal Points - Select the focal points of the landscape. Use your house's architecture or the area's features to determine where taller items or centerpieces are needed.

2. Shape - For foundation plantings and privacy hedges, straight lines are fine. However, for beautiful landscape beds be sure that the shape isn't square or rectangular. Use curves to create dimension and add interest to your home.

3. Layer - To design a landscape you have to think in layers. A general rule of thumb is to have three layers in a lanscape, but depending on the size of your planting beds, you may have more or less. Three common layers in a landscape are a foundation planting, filler shrubs, and low-growing color.

4. Texture - This is where we start having some fun. You want your design to be unique and beautiful so beyond just the basic layers, add texture accents with a different leaf shape or growth habit for contrast. We like to use texture plants to frame groups of filler shrubs or to highlight a particular focal point.

5. Accents - Make your landscape uniquely yours with a gorgeous pot filled with seasonal flowers, a whimsical statue, or even a simple bird bath. These accents will be sure to draw people's eye when they look over your creation. It's time to get your landscapes out of their winter slumber. So have fun and be creative. We can't wait to see what your design.

New Arrivals
Endless Summer Hydrangeas

Made in the Shade

Full of Buds

Lady Godiva Calendula

Bright Spring Color

The Kerby's Houseplant Shop

Send a living gift to your favorite plant person anywhere in the lower 48 states from the Kerby's online houseplant shop. For orders shipping to cold areas, a complimentary heat pack is included to keep plants snuggly and warm on their journey.


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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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