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 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
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.
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 Chores – There 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.