January 2023

Farm News & Update from Tim

I want to take a few minutes to thank all of our staff for the hard work that they put in over the past year and to the many who have been working on the farm for years. I would not have been able to do it alone and I appreciate all of the effort that you make to ensure a successful crop and happy customers. Thank you for your hard work.

Next, I want to thank all of my customers for your continued support and loyalty to Glendale Farms. Your gardens and landscaping looked tremendous during the year.

I know that it is a challenge for a gardener to keep their garden and landscaping looking amazing. Of course all of your efforts are rewarded provided that you use quality plants like the ones that you will find at Glendale Farms.

Our history and reputation as a premier greenhouse grower keeps us in business and customers coming back year after year. Once the plants leave the farm however, you need to be diligent and tend to the watering and fertilizing needs of your garden throughout the season. Because nature is unpredictable with dry spells or too much rain, dealing with the elements can be extremely challenging. Our quality plants and your proper care will go a long way in dealing with the weather and will give you great results for the entire growing season.

Now that our poinsettia season is over we jump right into growing plants for the next season. We will be working hard over the next several months choosing and growing the right plants and hanging basket combinations for our customers. We aim to be ready so that when the weather warms, we can answer your need for flowers and vegetables right here at Glendale Farms.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the farm in April for those early spring plants and vegetables. For now, finish up those final garden chores and snuggle up with a good gardening book.

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January at Glendale Farms

We are open daily to the trade and welcome your visits and calls for wholesale orders. Need something special? We are happy to accommodate.

Call us 203-874-7203.

Gardeners, do you have something to share with us? Pictures of your gardens, landscaping or patios are welcome. You can tag #GlendaleFarms on Facebook and @GlendaleFarms on Instagram. We also welcome questions on our blog page.

Gardening Chores for Connecticut in January

  • Finish clearing the leaves off your lawn. This will make your lawn stronger in the spring. Don’t walk on frozen grass.
  • Take in and clean off tools before storing for the winter.
  • Take in pots and any potted plants that are to winter over. Be sure to keep plants watered during the winter
  • Check your mulch and weed your planting beds one last time before the ground freezes. Gently shake off any snow from shrubs so that they do not break from the weight.
  • Add a winter mulch after the ground has frozen and plants have entered dormancy. Mulch will ensure that your garden soil stays a constant temperature.
  • Prune dead branches from trees and shrubs so that they do not weaken the plant from heavy snow. Do not prune spring flowering shrubs until the spring.
  • Empty the gas from mowers and any other equipment as the gas will break down over the winter and you may loose your equipment as a result.
  • Reflect on the garden and start thinking about your spring and summer gardens. Update your garden journal making notes about what you liked or didn’t like about this season’s garden.
  • Be sure to visit Glendale Farms come April to start your early vegetables and pansies.

Summer 2022

Glendale Farms News & Updates

It is that time of year to finish up with spring chores and settle into summer. Gardens should be planted now and patios decorated and ready to entertain guests.

Take a few steps back to see if you have any gaps to fill. You may have room for another plant or two so take a trip over while we still have a great selection to choose from.

If you do not find the exact plant that you are looking for, be flexible and try something new. We recommend that you focus on the colors and shapes that you are looking for. Our staff will help with suggestions and guidance.

As the month of June goes on, our inventory will become low so do not wait to pick up your final plants for the patio, the porch, the deck and the flower and vegetable gardens.

At Glendale Farms you have choices from hanging baskets, to potted combinations, single pots and flats. We make a bunch of different sizes to help suit the gardener’s needs. Buying local makes a big impact and we are a family owned farm.

Now, if your garden is really full, well, have you considered picking up a hanging basket as a host gift? How about for Father’s Days? Living plants and flowers make a great gift. Make a host feel special and show your gratitude all season long. Make a splash with Dad. Pick up a couple extras while we have them in stock. If your plans are a couple of weeks off, that is ok, you can enjoy them yourself before bringing them along to present to your host. More about hanging basket care below.

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The Edible Garden

There is something truly rewarding about harvesting vegetables that you have grown yourself. You will find a variety of vegetable and herb plants at Glendale Farms for your edible garden.

While many gardeners enjoy flowering plants, others take pride in growing plants that are edible. At Glendale Farms, we try to answer to both types of gardeners.

We have tomatoes, squash, peppers, eggplant, pumpkins, kale, cabbage, corn, green beans and much much more. We also carry some edible flowers such as pansy and nasturtium.

Remember, gardeners, it is June and many gardeners have been here already to get their plants. Hurry over while our selection is still plentiful.

Vegetables and Herbs at Glendale Farms

June Gardening Chores & Hanging Basket Care

  • Finish planting summer annuals and edible gardens
  • Complete planting summer flowering bulbs, such as canna, gladiolus and dahlias
  • Plant caladium and tuberous begonias or impatiens in shady spots
  • Continue to mulch and weed your planting beds
  • Water and fertilize your hanging baskets and containers as needed
  • Harvest cool weather edibles such as lettuce, radishes and spinach
  • Mow and water your lawns
  • The care for your hanging baskets is important during the hotter dryer months. Watering and fertilizing and an occasional trim is important to keep them looking their best.
  • Proven Winners has a great article on hanging basket selection and care that you may want to read for a detailed discussion about these beauties and how to keep them that way.

We had a busy fall and holiday season and welcome the new year reset at the farm. Even though it is freezing out, our greenhouse furnaces are fired up keeping our seedlings warm. Talking about seedlings, we are happy to report that they are growing well with the increasing daylight while the farm staff stays busy planting and planning for the spring season. We are continuing to count down the days (52 more) until March 20th, the vernal equinox.
In the mean time, as the winter slowly chugs along, we continue to process and take in wholesale orders, make repairs around the farm, and fill up our greenhouses with our spring flowers, herbs and vegetable plants for your home gardens. There is never a dull minute around the farm as we have plenty of chores to tend to while the daylight is up. We look forward to spring and welcoming our friends back to the farm. In the mean time, we will continue to grow plants and tend to our resident horse boarders.

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Greenhouse with spring seedlings

Winter Farm Hours

We are open daily to the trade and welcome your visits and calls for wholesale orders. 203-874-7203
Gardeners are welcome to check us out on Facebook and Instagram for pictures and news. In the mean time, enjoy some winter activities and stay warm!
Also, don’t forget to water your over-wintering plants to keep them alive until spring.

Harvesting What You Grow

There is something very rewarding about harvesting vegetables that you have grown yourself.
While many gardeners enjoy flowering plants, others take pride in growing plants that are edible.
You will find a variety of vegetable and herb plants at Glendale Farms for your edible garden. Our selection of vegetable and herb plants are available in flats and pots of varying sizes.
Vegetables and Herbs at Glendale Farms

January Gardening Chores

  • Start a garden record book to record dates and times of bloom, first and last frosts, fertilizing and when chores need to be done.
  • Take a look at your garden and make notes about where more plants are needed color combinations and what needs to be transplanted in the spring.
  • Plan out your spring garden, organize and update your notes from the fall, make a diagram drawn to scale of what you want to plant
  • Check and water your over wintering plants stored in your garage or basement
  • Put your holiday poinsettias in a bright room and keep the soil moist but not wet. Keep them away from drafts. You will have beautiful plants to enjoy in February for Valentine’s Day.
  • Remove freshly fallen snow from tender shrubs and trees to avoid breakage
  • Check stored dahlia, canna and gladiolus bulbs for rotting and/or drying out
  • Check for frost heaving on perennials and cover with extra mulch if necessary
  • Use wood ashes sparingly from the fireplace as a good source of potash
  • Avoid the use of salt to melt snow as it is toxic to most plants; use sawdust, sand or cat litter

Inside the main greenhouse at Glendale Farms

Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas are just a few of the holidays that folks will be celebrating in coming days. Thankfully many of us will be with family and friends this year.

Here at Glendale Farms we will be busy over the next few weeks delivering our poinsettias to grocery stores and greeting friends. Come by the farm to pick up your prize poinsettias for holiday decorations. Remember, we only take cash and checks on the farm.

In this enews, we included some unique seasonal flair. A little bit of poinsettia history, tips on poinsettia care and a few decorating ideas. You will enjoy reading about these prized and colorful plants. Be sure to stop by the farm early in the season to pick up your holiday poinsettias.

The main greenhouse will be open daily – seven days a week starting on Black Friday through Christmas Eve. Plan to stop by Glendale Farms on Shop Small Saturday and support local businesses in your community. This year we grew enough poinsettias to pack six greenhouses with these beautiful tropical plants.

We look forward to seeing you over the holiday season. If you have any questions, call Deb or Tim at 203-874-7203.

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Inside the main greenhouse at Glendale Farms

What is the history of the poinsettia and its connection to the holidays?

The poinsettia originates in Mexico. It grows wild as a bush in the highlands and reaches a height of up to five metres. As “Flores de Noche Buena”, “Flowers of the Holy Night”, the plant has been associated with Christmas in Central America as early as the 16th century. The poinsettia is also known as the Christmas Star, Christmas Flower, Mexican Flame Leaf, Lobster Flower, Winter Rose, Crown of the Andes, and, in Turkey, Atakurk’s Flower (named after the founder of modern Turkey).

Poinsettias were introduced to America in 1825 by botanist Joel Poinsett, who was the first US Ambassador to Mexico.

The most beautiful “petals” on the plant aren’t flowers at all, but lush red, white, pink or green leaves. The flowers are actually the little yellow buds in the center of each collection of leaves (the collection of leaves is called a bract).

National Poinsettia Day is celebrated on December 12th

How do I care for my poinsettia plant?

Poinsettia care is easy throughout the holidays. Just follow these simple rules:

Light: Place your poinsettias in an area where they’ll receive a minimum of six hours of bright (but not direct) sunlight each day.

Temperature: These plants prefer temperatures from 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and from 60 to 65 degrees at night. The lower night temperatures help the poinsettias keep their brilliant color. Protect the plants from both cold and hot drafts from outside doors, heat registers or appliances. 
Never expose them to temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Take them right home from the farm.

Water: Poinsettias like moist, but not wet, soil. To know how often to water poinsettias, wait until the top of the soil is dry. Add room temperature water to the plant, allowing the water to drain through the pot. Then discard any excess water in the saucer. If the plant’s container was wrapped with decorative foil, be sure to remove the foil from the bottom of the container to allow water to drain through.

Decorating with live poinsettias

This Christmas, why not think differently about how you decorate your home?

The heart of any festive scene, the Christmas Tree, draws upon the wonder of nature, so it is only natural that we look to replicate this style elsewhere within our homes. Poinsettias – also highly recognizable as a festive bloom – are the perfect way of creating calming and warming interior displays; displays which place nature at the centre of the design.

You can create a stunning colorful festive area in your home or office. Nestle your poinsettia plants around the base of larger plants. Transfer your poinsettias to colorful pots and place them in a prominent location in your home.

The bright red poinsettias are often associated with this festive bloom – however the white poinsettias are the ideal solution for creating a magical snowy look. Paired with silver, or enchanting gold, the poinsettia provides a crisp color accent to winter wonderland themes.

Cut the poinsettia stems off the plant and use them to decorate your holiday table, arrange on a wreath and make various holiday decorations with these live plants.

Forget traditional bunting and hanging décor, but instead draw upon the homemade and maximise the stunning floral displays that poinsettias can create! 

Immediately after cutting the poinsettias, hold their stems in 60°C water for approx. 5 seconds, then dip in cold water. This way the magnificent bracts will stay dazzlingly beautiful for up to two weeks.

Visit Glendale Farms for your holiday poinsettias. Not only do they make great holiday decorations, they make great host gifts.

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You have a few more chores before putting your garden tools away for the winter.

Halloween is just a day away so along with its arrival, we are ready to say goodbye to the fall season on the farm and look toward the holiday season.

This fall has been fairly warm so many of us have enjoyed the extra summer like weather to work in our gardens. From the look of things, our mums and fall season plants made for some pretty festive fall displays in neighborhoods around us as many residents made gorgeous floral arrangements using mums, pumpkins, gourds, baskets and more to welcome the season.

Fall is a great time to get your yard and home chores done before the onset of the holidays and the colder days of winter. We have a few tips and a list of chores so keep reading and remember to take in any plants that you plan to over-winter.

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Farm Update

All of our fall flowers have been sold (thank you) and the seasonal poinsettias are growing well in the Greenhouses.

We are taking orders now for poinsettias. Great for fund raising, wholesalers, businesses, religious organizations and others. Call Deb or Tim at 203-874-7203 to place your order.

The greenhouses will open for retail sales in mid November. We hope that you will come by the farm for your holiday flowers. We will be busy adding some holiday decorating ideas for using poinsettias in different ways so check back often.

Glendale Farms will be open daily – seven days a week after Thanksgiving for retail sales of our poinsettias. We accept cash and checks. Please call for hours if you are uncertain when we are open.

We look forward to seeing you over the holiday season.

October Gardening Chores

It is time to get your fall garden ready for winter and next spring

Dig up dahlias, gladioli, and other tender plants after the foliage dies back. Let the soil dry and shake off excess before storing for the winter.
Weed your garden now.

Plant hardy spring-flowering bulbs such as tulip, daffodil, hyacinth and crocus corms. Plant snowdrop, and star of Bethlehem bulbs.

Place chicken wire on the ground over newly planted bulbs to deter animals from digging.
Plant garlic for harvesting next summer.

Harvest remaining vegetables sensitive to frost, including winter squash, pumpkins, Swiss chard and sweet potatoes.

Harvest Brussels sprouts and kale when ready to eat; they’ll sweeten through the cold snaps.

Cut perennials 3 to 4 inches from the ground once the flower stalks have died and turned brown.

Remove leaves from your lawn; use as mulch for plants or shred and add to compost.

Remove any dead or diseased plants from your garden for fewer diseases next spring. Do not compost diseased plants.

Leave seed heads on asters, sunflowers, and cosmos for birds to eat over the winter.

Did you test your soil? If you need to raise or lower the pH of your soil, add the required amendments, such as sulfur or lime, this fall because they take some time to work.

Edge your garden borders.

Prepare tools for storage by cleaning them once you’re finished with them.

Move containers in for winter storage.

Visit Glendale Farms after Thanksgiving for your holiday poinsettias and host gifts.

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

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.

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
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.


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.

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