Symbolism of the Christmas Wreath

There are many translations to the symbolism of a Christmas wreath.  My favorite goes like this:

The Christmas Wreath is made of evergreen branches because evergreen is the symbol of strength- even in the harshest of winter weather it stays green.

The Christmas Wreath is round because at every end, there is a beginning.

WOW right?   How could you not love that.  When we decorate a wreath, we bring our own style to it, a little piece of ourselves.  Glitz, natural, our love of the seashore, a cardinal to honor someone who has passed, old ornaments of a loved one or even the ones your children have made.  The list goes on and on…  So in the end we showcasing our personalities with our Christmas wreath.




Picking out the Right Christmas Tree

We all have our own holiday traditions, whether it is a Christmas dinner, the day you put up your tree or maybe there is a specific ornament that needs to be the first on hung on the Christmas tree. We all have our own traditions and everyone is different. Just like the varieties of Christmas trees available on the market these last several years.

Are you interested in something new this Christmas? Or do you wonder what the differences really are? Take a look at these Christmas Tree varieties – in sizes from adorable tabletop trees to majestic giants – found right here at Scenic Roots your local garden center.  This guide will surely help you pick out the right Christmas Tree. Continue reading “Picking out the Right Christmas Tree”

Christmas Trees- real v. fake

The True Debate- Real v. Fake

Each holiday season, shoppers find themselves confronted with a choice: celebrate with a fresh, Christmas tree, or one that is artificial plastic or aluminum. What most people don’t realize is that the best choice has always been the traditional and natural choice – a Real Christmas Tree.

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Consider this:
• While they’re growing, Real Christmas Trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen.
• Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms just like any crop.
Harvesting a Christmas Tree is no more damaging to the environment than harvesting an ear of corn.
• To ensure a constant supply, Christmas Tree farmers plant a new seedling for every tree they harvest.

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December Flower of the Month- Paperwhites


Paperwhite Narcissus will grow happily and bloom with nothing more than water and stones or beach glass. To “plant” your bulbs in any drainage free container, begin by carefully placing a layer of stones or glass to a depth of about 2 inches for a small container/vase or about 4 inches in a larger container/vase.  Next place a layer of Paperwhite bulbs close to each other, roots facing down. Put a few stones or pieces of beach glass around and between the bulbs to anchor them in the container/vase. Leave the tops of the bulbs exposed. Finally, add water until the level reaches just below the base of the bulbs, but no higher (if the bases of the bulbs sit in water, they will rot).  Frequently check the water level as the roots begin to grow and add water when needed. Continue reading “December Flower of the Month- Paperwhites”

Planting Window Boxes

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In this time lapse video I show you how quick and easy it is to plant up a window box for the holidays.   I started with a citron cypress, then filled with mixed greens (noble fir, juniper, incense cedar) then added color with red twigs and winterberry.