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

                       (413) 584-1423

 

           www.hadleygardencenter.com

 

 

Let us transplant your houseplants for you sometime before summer.
Free transplanting happens on the third Wednesday of the month. 
(with the exception of May which is our busiest month)  Limit of 3 plants.   
 
We  will also repot your houseplants for a minimal charge, any day during the week. You may have to leave it with us if we are too busy when you stop in.
 
Everything you need to make your garden grow!
Spring's Arrival
 
It's March and this is the month we really get geared up.  Fruit trees are here and other small fruits will be arriving or potted soon.  Our first Shade and Flowering trees will be on the ground in a matter of days.  The rail car and trailer truck from Oregon have been loaded with specialty  Conifers and have left the west coast due for arrival next week. 
 
Pansies with their happy faces will be here soon to brighten our empty tables.  Spring blooming Shrubs and Perennials are on their way from nurseries near and far.  We know it sounds like chaos to most of you, but to us in the gardening business it's what we have been waiting for.  The sun in our faces, the smell of fresh plants and the feel of  dirt under our nails means spring has arrived.  Stop in soon and enjoy the sights and smells of spring with us.
 
New plant varieties often make the gardener giddy. Like a new recipe, a new outfit or a new friendship, new plants have a slight mystery to them, yet they are chosen for their new and different qualities. Dan, our Nursery Manager looks for new plants with different bloom times, more compact habits, better flowers and flowering habits and just a general increase in hardiness and quality. Our new nursery list includes these, but here is a taste of just a few newbies.
Pieris/Andromeda - Dan Ziomek 

The Japanese Andromeda or Pieris for plant geeks is a spring blooming, evergreen shrub.  It prefers partial shade but will tolerate full morning sun.  Depending on the cultivar you choose it will grow from 2 to 7 feet tall. 
 
Reddish-pink flower buds typically begin to show in mid to late March.  These are followed by snow white flowers that are relished by bees- especially struggling bumblebees.  Shortly after flowering, new growth begins to emerge in shades of red to orange.  This new growth is perhaps showier than the flowers themselves.  Some of our favorite cultivars are 'Mountain Fire', 'Dorothy Wyckoff', and my favorite 'Katsura'.  When your yard includes shade, do not overlook Andromeda as it's bright white flowers and colorful new growth will brighten up your darkest spots.  Stop in today and we'll be happy to show you our fresh spring selection.  
                                                                 
Hello Gardening Friends,

It's almost spring and we are gearing up. Yes, we can still transplant your Houseplants, but we also encourage you to start some seeds for the later spring planting. We've got everything you need to help you be successful.  

 
  Our nursery yard is coming back to life and you really need to stop in often to see what's new.  Our hours will be changing soon with the longer, warmer days so that will make it a little easier.   Last year was another successful year for us and we are looking forward to the same for 2017 and to seeing you all soon! 

Sincerely,

Tom and Janine Giles
and the Staff at Hadley Garden Center

      March is the month to:
  • Start these seeds indoors
  • Flowers: Ageratum, Bells of Ireland, Calendula, Carnation, Coleus, Nigella, single Petunia, Statice, Stocks, Verbena, Vinca Rosea. 
  • Vegetables: Broccoli, Beets, Celeriac, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Leeks, Lettuce.  Herbs: Chamomile, Sage, Thyme, Parsley (Parsley seeds are slow to germinate, 3-4 weeks.  To encourage sprouting soak seeds in warm water for several hours.  Keep moist during germination.  Set out in May.)
  • Seeds to start indoors in late March:  Peppers, Tomatoes, & Eggplant.
  • Plant outside in mid to late March if ground is workable:  Leeks, Lettuce, Onion Sets, Peas, Radish, Sage, Shallots, Spinach, Thyme, Turnips.
  • Prune: Apples, Pears, Grapes & Blueberries.
  • Wait until April to prune: Cherries, Peaches, & Apricots.