H adley Garden Center
              Route 9, 285 Russell Street
                    Hadley, MA 01035

                       (413) 584-1423

Mon - Sat 8-6, Sun 9-6

 

           www.hadleygardencenter.com

 

 

Everything you need to make your garden grow!
Ups and Downs of May by Dan Ziomek
 
 
 
As you might expect, May is a very busy month for us at the garden center.  With Mother's Day, daily deliveries and Mother Nature to deal with, how could we not be busy?  It's also somewhat of a bittersweet month for me as well, being the Nursery Manager.  That's because in my 29 years, May is always the month customers forget about the beautiful trees and shrubs blooming in the nursery yard.  Now don't get me wrong, I know the temptation of Annuals and the lure of that first ripe Tomato is a powerful draw as you enter our nursery yard.
 
Do an old nursery person a favor and don't forget about the Rhododendrons in full bloom.  There's also the vibrant color of the Crabapples and Spireas.  Or consider the fantastic foliage of the Weigela, Ninebarks and Japanese Maples.  They do deserve a spot in your garden and if you're out of room, at least wander back and enjoy their wonderful display of color!
 
Rhododendrons

May is Rhododendron month in the landscape and garden center business.  These large evergreen shrubs look their best this month and now come in a wide array of colors.  Much like their cousins, the Azaleas, these plants prefer morning sun and afternoon shade.  Most cultivars will grow anywhere from 4 to 8 feet tall.  We carry a wide selection of tried and true varieties like Nova Zembla, Roseum Elegans and PJM.  But we also have yellow flowering Capistrano and Dark Purple Passion.  We carry dwarf varieties like Purple Gem, Percy Wiseman and Ken Janeck.  Maybe you prefer the granddaddy of them all Maximum which grows 12 to 15 feet tall.  No matter your situation we have the Rhododendron to fit the space.   Let us show you our great selection and help you make the right choice for your landscape. 
  
Annuals and Hanging Baskets
Orchids
Pruners
Mother's Day Ideas!
Evergreen Shrubs
Gift Certificates 
Knock out roses
Knock Out Roses
 
Hello Gardening Friends

Mother's Day is the unofficial beginning of gardening season, when warmer days and longer nights encourage us to get dirty in the soil and play with fresh new plants. It's a time to put away dreaming and start doing. With new plants arriving daily, this time of year offers the best plant selection and many of them make excellent gifts for Mom! So much is blooming and colorful, it is hard to resist. And remember that Mom's love gift cards too.

We hope to see you soon.

Sincerely,

Tom and Janine Giles
and the Staff at Hadley Garden Center

   May is the month to:
  • Plant in the Garden: Asparagus, Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Corn, Cucumbers, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Radish, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Winter Squash  Late May: Basil, Corn, Impatiens, Pumpkins, Wax Begonias.
  • Transplant: Brussels Sprouts, Eggplant, Lettuce
  • Plant an Herb Garden: Most like sun.  But some tolerate some shade...Herbs that tolerate shade: Bee Balm, Catnip, Chamomile, Coriander, Costmary, Dill, Fennel, Germander, Hyssop, Lemon Balm, Lovage, Mint, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Rosemary, Salad Burnet, Tansy, Tarragon, and Thyme.  Herbs that prefer shade: Angelica, Chervil, Sweet Cicely, Woodruff.
  • Harvesting rhubarb stems by pulling.
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs:  Begonias, Callas, Dahlias, Gladioli, Acidanthera, Caladium, Hymenocallis, and Tigridia.
  • Prune Forsythia and Quince after flowering to remove crowded or unhealthy branches.