Pearl Meets the Chickens
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The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
November 19, 2020
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Pearl Meets the Chickens
by Joey Bokor

My family has always been a cocker spaniel family. When I was born, we had two cockers named Spanky and Snuffy, and I'm pretty sure my grandparents had one named Barney. Below, that's me in the garden below with one of our pups. Then around high school, we had Mervin Wexford Dancrodile III (yes that was his name), and when Abby was born, we had Charlie.

Not wanting to break tradition, we recently added the cutest little cocker spaniel to our family. Her name is Pearl and she is adapting to her new home well. The girls love her and her energetic playfulness. Her teeth are sharp, but she is starting to learn the words 'Leave It'.

Pearl especially loves playing in the yard. There is lots of room for her to run around and explore, and each day she notices something new. This week it was the chicken coop. It's funny to watch her head perk up and cock to the side as she tries to decide what the strange two-legged critters running around inside the fence are. Hilary, the quiet ruler of the roost, is the only chicken that doesn't flee when Pearl approaches the chicken yard, so chicken and dog have had a couple of staring contests.

This morning, the chickens were squawking that they were hungry, so Pearl and I went out to feed them. I wasn't brave enough to let her in the chicken yard with me. We'll save a face-to-face meeting for another time, but she nosed all around the perimeter fence. I think she was mostly interested in getting in on the feeding. She didn't bark at them, just sort of sniffed and investigated. Hopefully, her temperament won't change too much, and we can teach her to be friends with the chickens.

Well, while we've been busy with the new puppy, the holiday season just kind of crept up on us. Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? To get you in the holiday spirit, this weekend, our Merry and Bright Holiday Wall will open up. Come on in to check out the beautiful holiday plants, including poinsettias, reindeer philodendron and Norfolk Island pines. Plus, you can take a festive family picture and just enjoy being outside in the fresh air. Speaking of fresh air, it's time to take the puppy out again. I think she just wants to go say hello to her chickens.
Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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All Camellias - 10% Off
Camellias are a classic southern flower. Their beautiful blooms light up partly shady areas from fall to early spring. The sasanqua varieties are just beginning to bud, so plant now for gorgeous cool season color.
Valid Through 11/25/2020
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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 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.

New Arrivals
Reindeer Philodendron

Make Your Favorite Grinch Smile
6" Pot - $24.99

Ready, Set, Go for the Holidays.
Sizes and Prices Vary

Monstera Deliciosa

They are Sooooo Cute!
4" Pot - $14.00

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