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October 31, 2019
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Be a Little Silly
by Joey Bokor

A Southern Belle Playing Paganini
I have a balloon in my office. Well, not anymore. It was a helium balloon. When I came into work early on Monday morning, it was starting to deflate a little bit and fall onto my desk, making it challenging to work. If you had a deflating helium balloon and there wasn't anyone around, what would you do? Me too. On a whim, I poked a hole in it and inhaled deeply. Then I began singing crazy songs like Baby Shark and It's Raining Tacos really loud. Fortunately, no one was around to witness such silly, childish behavior, and the only remaining evidence is a deflated balloon and this newsletter.

While I was busy acting like a kid, my girls were being responsible violin students. Abby had a graduation concert for one of her violin books, which she performed in her Scarlet O'Hara costume. It wasn't specifically planned that way, but the date that worked for the recital just happened to be the week of Halloween. Even with the large costume, she nailed Handel, Schumann, Paganini, Dvorak and Bach and I think playing in costume made doing the recital that much more fun. Maddy wasn't about to be left out of the action, and she played through her entire group violin class in a full Wonder Woman costume.

A Classical Wonder Woman
Halloween is one of those holidays that gives everyone an excuse to be a little silly, wear a funny costume and do things that ordinarily would be met with strange looks. But it seems to me that life shouldn't be like that. Keeping a little silly in your step all the time makes life fun. When was the last time you jumped in a puddle just because it was there, stared at the sky and wondered why it was blue or sang It's Raining Tacos with lungs full of helium? It's probably been too long.

Whatever your Halloween plans are, have fun and act like a kid a little. And when you've had enough childish antics and have eaten too much candy, come see us in the garden. We'll inspire your child-like sense of wonder with gorgeous flowers and help you find plenty of ways to burn some calories digging in the dirt. Be safe and Happy Halloween.
Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Garden Tip
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
Tacca Bat Plant

Now this is a spooky flower.
10" Pot - $59.99
Polly Alocasia

Leaves resemble bats.
6" Pot - $11.99

The Season's First Violas

Also known as Johnny Jump-Ups
6" Pot - $5.99

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