There couldn’t be a better time of year than fall on Cape Cod. Traffic has thinned, the beaches are quieter and the leaves are beginning to change. Labor Day has come and gone but that doesn’t mean the weather or the best plants have disappeared with summer. Fall is the start of a new gorgeous season and with it comes a variety of new plant material and ornamentals to brighten up your yard, window boxes, containers and patios. Scenic Roots is loaded with everything you need to spruce up for fall:
Honeybees pollinate plants that produce roughly a quarter of the food consumed by Americans. The demise of the bees has become a hotly debated topic between agrochemical companies, which say the insecticides they sell are not to blame, and those who say research shows a direct connection between neonicotinoids and large bee die-offs.
A United States appeals court ruled on Thursday that federal regulators erred in allowing an insecticide developed by Dow AgroSciences onto the market, canceling its approval and giving environmentalists a major victory and a big win for bees. Read More
Fall is by far our favorite season here at Scenic Roots. Not only for the cooler nights, less traffic, quieter beaches, but the colors… The colors and variety of plants available on the market, now make the fall the number one preferred season to plant. We have whittled down our fall perennial favorites so not to overwhelm you. I have a handful of other favorites, and I will save those for when you come in to visit our shop. Continue reading Fall Perennials→
If you have ever tasted home grown or local farm grown garlic you know it is far superior in flavor to what you can buy in the grocery store. Garlic is an easy crop to grow and planting it in October/early November will ensure you a bountiful harvest next July – which will keep you in home grown garlic for the entire year. Get your soil ready and give it a try. There are basically two types of garlic we use for culinary purposes, Hardneck and Softneck. Both grow well in New England but there are differences. Continue reading Planting Garlic→
What’s in a Name: Aster is both the genus and one of the common names of a most popular flower that ranges from daisy-like to star-like in form. The word Aster originates from the Latin for Star. Other names include Michaelma’s Daisy, Star Wort and Herb of Venus.
History: A popular tale is that Asters come from stardust formed by the tears of Virgo (or Astaea). Aster species (over 600 of them) are found throughout the world and have thus been popular for gardens and gifting for many centuries. They were an easy care choice for late summer and autumn gardens • Chinese Asters are the most common type used in florist bouquets.