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May is Blooming
May is the month that all gardeners look forward to. Everything is blooming, the temperatures have warmed and usually the insects are not too bad yet. 

May is the month to plant annuals, vegetables and all of your trees and shrubs.  Annuals are at their peak for selection right around Mother’s Day. The last few years have seen an upswing in not only vegetable and herb sales but also in the number of varieties available to us. We would be remiss if we did not make mention of our fantastic selection of perennials. Every year the growers add hundreds of new varieties to their lists. The hard part for us is selecting the ones that will perform the best for us in our gardens. 

Come enjoy the garden center in the month of May, and take home some spring color to enjoy in your own yard.  

Memorial Day means it's time to plant
Guide for Planting

Regardless of whether your plant is in a pot or balled and burlap, big or small there are some general guidelines for planting.

  • The first step is to dig hole 2-3 times the width of the root ball. Your hole should be no deeper than the root ball is in height.

  • If your plant is in a container remove the pot and score the roots with a sharp knife or scratch the roots with a 3 or 4 pronged hand cultivator. 

  • Now add a planting mix to your existing soil from the hole and place your plant in the hole making sure the top of the root ball is either at ground level or just slightly higher. This step will ensure the plant isn’t too deep or over mulched. 

  • Then back fill the hole with your mixture of planting mix and existing soil. Lightly tamp the soil to remove any air pockets. 

  • Once your plant is back filled you can apply a 2-3” layer of mulch to the base of your new planting. Be sure to keep the mulch at least 3’’ away from the stem of any plant. Mulching will give your planting a beautiful finished look but also it will help retain moisture for the root system. If you are a novice, waiting a month or so to mulch will allow you to see how much water the plant is getting.

  • The last step is to thoroughly water your plant. Typically, infrequent deep-watering 2 - 3 times per week is better for root development than too short frequent watering. 
Plant of the Month
By Dan Ziomek

Flowers burst forth in the month of May on our trees, shrubs and perennials. For me, nothing says May like the huge flowering trusses of the Rhododendron plant. No matter what color it is, a mature Rhododendron in full bloom stops me in my tracks. 

We even have available a hardy yellow variety called ‘Capistrano’ .  
This evergreen prefers morning sun and well-drained soil. We never recommend planting large-leaf Rhododendrons in the hot afternoon sun because winter injury can be too severe. Most varieties grow from 4’ to 6’ tall and wide. We encounter many improperly planted Rhododendrons in our travels, often blocking windows or obscuring views. 

Stop by this May and enjoy the flower show and while you are in, ask us where the right place is to put a Rhododendron. We would be happy to help you select the right location for this showy evergreen shrub.  
Perennials & Nursery Stock
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.
Messsage from Tom and Janine
It was a tough March and April weather wise but things are picking up. The nursery yard is in full swing and the Nursery stock, Perennials and Annuals are arriving daily. The warm temps the last few days are warming up the soil and we are seeing the shrubs and trees in our yards leafing out. Folks are anxious to get back in their gardens and out in their yards and we are happy to see all of you in the garden center. It's a wonderful time of year and we are here to help with whatever your gardening needs are! See you soon and Happy Mother's Day!

Tom & Janine Giles
& the staff of the Hadley Garden Center
Hadley Garden Center | 413-584-1423 www.hadleygardencenter.com