As the season winds down and fall is in the air we wanted to share with you what is happening at Samantha’s Gardens. Most of our fall plantings and displays are in, if you are looking for a last-minute splash of color or a festive display for fall or Halloween, let us know. There is still time to make it to your property before Halloween! We will be wrapping up the last of our garden renovations, tree, shrub, and perennial plantings over the next month or so. After, it will be time to plant bulbs. Are you looking forward to more spring color? Tulips, Daffodils, and Snowdrops to name a few are great bulbs that add spring color to your gardens. Get your bulb requests in now, they are selling out fast!
While you’re enjoying the last colorful weeks of your garden, be on the lookout for Spotted Lanternfly on your trees. It is a very invasive insect species with distinctive markings that have recently been spotted in Massachusetts and can decimate many different types of trees including apples, maples, and birch among others. Key signs that this pest is on your property are stressed trees with dark spots/ honeydew on leaves and overwintering egg masses- the first stage of nymphs that will hatch in April and May.
What we’ve been up to this time of year!
We’ve begun cleaning and getting the greenhouse ready to store your tropicals for winter. Before you know it, we’ll be ordering vegetable seeds and bulbs for our cut flower garden for next season. Reach out and let us know if you have any special requests. Our crop was very successful this year and we hope next year will be even better.
The holidays are right around the corner and we could not be more joyous. We love all seasons at SG, but the holidays and Christmas are “always top of mind and have a special place in our hearts” says Samantha. Samantha’s Gardens’ Christmas Shoppe and Tree Stand have grown every year, and this year it will be even bigger and better!
Santa will be here even earlier and is stopping by on November 26th. He will also make another appearance on December 3rd so please stop in with kiddos, pets, or just yourself, share a cup of hot cocoa, and catch up with our jolly friend Saint Nick. Thank you to Santa’s hard-working elves who make it possible for Santa to join us so much this season.
Similar to last year, we will be posting a schedule for our wreath-wrapping and many more decorating classes. There will be lots of activities and crafts for kids and adults to enjoy.
Welcome to the Team!
Lastly, thank you for your patience and love this year. We have pointed out many highs and are thankful for this year’s blessings. There have been, however, many challenges business-wise and personally. Rain delays and cancellations marked this year. Tens of days this season were rained out. For the safety of our team, we had to call all of them. It greatly impacted our capacity to maintain current clients’ gardens and our ability to expand and take on new properties. Thank you to everyone on our waitlist for your patience. We are grateful for you and look forward to working with you soon!
If you have any questions about garden clippings, common pests, and important seasonal actions,
visit UMassAmherst’s Hort Notes.
Thank you for another amazing year and we look forward to many more!
Samantha, Vlasta, and the whole team at Samantha’s Gardens