Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

November 3, 2016   

Maddy taking a little time
to enjoy life.

It's amazing how care-free children are. As the world turns around them (and of course revolves around them), there are many times where they just don't seem bothered by anything that is going on. October was a bit of a busy month for our family, but one evening while we were cooking dinner, we found Maddy sitting on a pot in the middle of a flower bed, just staring up at the sky. I think she was singing something to herself as well, and she was definitely about as care-free as it gets. As adults, we are always so rushed. From one activity to the next and one holiday to the next, we often forget to stop and enjoy the moment we are in. With the holidays coming up quickly, I think it is a great time to remember what is important, and take a cue from Maddy: find a place to sit outside and just stare at the sky and enjoy life a little bit.  

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Growing Camellias


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Fall Blooming Cassia

The fall-blooming cassia is starting to flower around town, with gorgeous butter-yellow blooms. The show it puts on at this time of the year is unbelievable, and as an added bonus, the cassia is a host plant for sulphur butterflies.


Growing Camellias

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 Stephanie Golden (a light pink single). 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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