June 21, 2021

A special thanks to our loyal customers and to welcome the summer 2021
All plants are now half off
we are open daily 8 to 5
cash and checks accepted
help us empty the greenhouses and decorate your homes for the summer
Calibrachoa

It is summer and folks should have finished planting and decorating their outside spaces by now. (read up on summertime chores and maintenance below) On the farm, we are pretty busy too with rotating our plants, trimming, and keeping our plants in top shape for our customers. You would be surprised to learn how much work goes on at the farm during the seasonal change from spring to summer. Visit us now for our half off sale!

Summertime is fun because you can use your plants to bring life and color onto your decks and patios. This helps to create and define various zones and our plants liven up the landscape. We are dedicated to keeping our plants in the best of shape so that they will thrive in your garden. Keep reading …..there are things that you should be doing now to keep your garden thriving all summer long.

Impatiens
Keep your garden and planters thriving all season long
Chores and Maintenance
Continue to cultivate planting beds to remove weeds
Continue to dig and divide early-blooming perennials after flowering
Water, water, water as necessary – especially those containers – water until it runs out of the bottom holes
Continue to mulch planting beds
Set supports for floppy plants, vines and vegetables
Deadhead rhododendrons, lilacs and perennials after flowering
Add to, aerate and moisten compost pile to speed decomposition
Continue to check for pests and other problems and treat as necessary
Mow lawns regularly to keep grass at 2 to 2 1/2 ” height
Leave grass clippings on lawn to improve availability of nitrogen
Water lawns if there is less than 1″ of rain per week
Harvest cool weather lettuce, radishes and scallions
Begin to spray roses every week with baking soda solution to protect against black spot disease (Cornell University’s formula consists of: 3 tsp. baking soda, 2 1/2 tbsp. summer-weight horticultural oil, mixed with 1 gallon of water)
Continue application of deer repellents
Planting
Complete moving self-sown annuals and perennials to desired locations
Plant fast growing annuals like marigolds, zinnias and cosmos from Glendale Farms directly in the garden
Plant your heat-tolerant vegetable plants from Glendale Farms
Continue to plant and transplant perennials, weather and soil conditions permitting
Finish planting your summer annuals from Glendale Farms
Complete planting summer flowering bulbs, such as canna, gladiolus and dahlias
Plant caladium and tuberous begonias in shady spots
Pruning/ Fertilizing
Continue to prune all plant material to remove any diseased, dead, weak or crossed branches
Complete pruning early spring-flowering shrubs
Prune evergreens and evergreen hedges into early summer
Continue deadheading roses
Fertilize roses after peak bloom
Complete fertilizing spring-flowering bulbs
Fertilize annuals and container plants
Fertilize vegetables

A special thanks to New York Botanical Gardens for tips

Spring Hours

Glendale Farms greenhouses are open daily for retail sales – come by any day of the week from 8 am to 5 pm. We are accepting cash and checks for retail sales.

Glendale Farms – We have what you need for your Spring Planting
We had a busy winter getting our orders in, taking wholesale orders, making repairs around the farm, and planting our spring flowers, vegetables and herbs. Our year starts right after the holiday season in order to ensure that the greenhouses are filled with plants and ready in time for our customers’ patios and gardens. On top of our rigorous plantings, we also launched a new website to highlight farm happenings and events. Feel free to comment and let us know what you think. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for inspiration and updates!

What can I plant outside now in my Connecticut garden?

Some cool weather plants can stay outside in the garden now however many annuals must wait a little longer for the daytime and evening temperatures to warm up. Pansies and cool loving vegetable plants such as lettuce, cabbage, Swiss chard, cauliflower, kale, peas, carrots and spinach are ok for the garden or containers once the soil is between 40-45º. It is still too early for the summer annuals, herbs and vegetables to be left outside during the evenings as the temperatures are still too cool and they will not thrive until the warmer weather arrives. You can check out our tips about when to plant to help you out.

April Gardening ChoresThere is still time to get your garden ready for spring planting

  • Remove any remaining winter mulch as your plants begin to grow
  • Remove remaining stems and stalks left for winter interest – stack out of sight to allow beneficial insects to exit
  • Begin soil prep when soil is moist but not too wet
  • Move dormant containers out of winter storage and replace soil as needed for new plantings
  • Spread several inches of compost over garden perennials
  • Test your soil and amend as needed
  • Plant Glendale Farms grown pansies and cool weather vegetables into your garden

Spring is wonderful at many public gardens in CT. Pack up a picnic and enjoy the flowering trees and spring bulbs.

Pantone revealed it’s color – actually two colors of the year. At Glendale Farms we are excited because the two colors are both reflective and cheerful.Ultimate Grey (soft grey) and Illuminating (bright sunny yellow) were chosen by Pantone for 2021. Illuminating evokes thoughts of bright sunny days when flowers are sparkling with joy. Ultimate grey is a timeless contrast and evokes thoughts of hope.

In Pantone’s official press release, Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, states, “The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope.”

At Glendale Farms we decided that both colors are found in Dusty Miller which has soft grey and silvery leaves and in it’s second year, little daisy flowers of yellow. Dusty miller is a perfect match and there are many more flowers that fit the bill as well.

Marigolds

For instance, look at the beauty of the colors in natural settings. The spark of yellow in witch hazel against a winter grey sky. The welcomed blossoms of forsythia and the pansy in the spring. The little yellow flowers of buddleia and multitudes of marigolds in the summer. So many more flowers to explore as we go. Let’s enjoy the colors of the year 2021 and every other color found in nature.

We plan to do so by putting our favorite flower combinations together in what we call Color Pots for your home patios and decks. We look forward to seeing you soon.Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Glendale Farms