Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

 October 16, 2014   

What are you doing this season
in the garden?
What are you doing in your garden during this wonderful time of year? Hopefully you are tending your veggie garden, maybe even getting your first harvests of lettuce and greens. Or maybe you are replacing those worn out summer plantings with some gorgeous fall flowers. We are busy at home doing a little bit of everything. Madeleine helped us replant our porch pots this week. It is always good to have a helper, and it makes being outside even more fun. Check out all of the cool plants that have arrived just in time for the cooler weather, and get outside and enjoy. After all, Fall is for Fun in the Garden.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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In This Issue

Camellias in Florida

Featured Plant

Upcoming Events

Onion Sets are In

Red, Yellow, White & Super Sweet


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Cascadia Indian Summer Petunia
6" Pot - $4.99

Featured Plant
Cascadia Indian Summer Petunia
Petunia x
What a lovely petunia. Shades of yellow and pink combine to create an array of fall color. Use them to brighten landscape beds or to add great color to container gardens.



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.

Upcoming Events

Workshop: Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, October 25th at 10:00 am

Bring on the butterflies! Butterfly gardening is a fun way to get everyone involved in the garden. Plus the plants that butterflies love are beautiful to us too. Come out to this workshop and learn the best way to attract butterflies to your garden. 





Workshop: Herb Gardening

Saturday, November 1st at 10:00 am

Come out and see how delicious gardening can be. We'll talk about growing herbs, how to use them and share some recipes. Yummy.


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2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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