September_17 Thirsty Thursday Cocktails

Here are the recipes for our September Thirsty Thursday cocktails:

Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz
Author: Brandon Matzek
Serves: 1
Ingredients
1 1/2 oz. pumpkin puree (canned or homemade*)
1 1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
2 oz. apple cider
1 1/2 oz. ginger beer

Instructions
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka and apple cider. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
Strain into a glass filled with ice and top off with ginger beer.
Notes
*To make your own pumpkin puree: Preheat your oven to 400°F. Cut a pie pumpkin in half and scoop out seeds and strands. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 30 – 40 minutes. The texture of the pumpkin flesh should be soft when pierced with a fork. Let cool a bit. Scoop flesh into a food processor and puree until smooth.

Fall Harvest Sangria
For the Spicy Apple Cider…
2 cups apple cider
1/4 cup honey
1 inch slice fresh ginger
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or allspice
For the Sangria…
2 cups spicy apple cider
1 bottle of sauvignon blanc (or pinot grigio, chardonnay, or your favorite dry white)
1/2 cup ginger brandy or bourbon
2 cinnamon sticks
2 Honeycrisp apples, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
2 pears, chopped
1 cup club soda
Instructions
For the Spicy Apple Cider…
Combine ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain.
For the Sangria…
Mix ingredients together in a large pitcher. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving, but at least overnight to steep for best results. Add club soda just before serving, so you don’t lose the fizz!
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Fall Perennials

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”

Inspiring Fall Containers

Get Creative, Be Bold, Be Bright

All of us here at Scenic Roots believe the fall is the best season.   We rework our lawns, transplant shrubs, create new landscapes and dress up our containers and window boxes in shades of yellows, reds, orange and browns.   BUT we realize that you may not feel the same way.  Have you totally given up on gardening?  Has the summer exhausted you that you don’t want to be creative?   The fall is a better season than spring.  We feel the industry fails you by putting things on sale and shutting their doors.  We specifically plant mums later in the season so they are in bloom for you at the end of October into November.  We have all sorts of annuals for window boxes and planters that will extend your season into November.  Don’t give up- the fall truly is the prettiest time of year.  Come see us and get inspired.  Here are a few pictures to inspire you.

Fall Lawn Care Revival- no singing needed

Drought, drought, drought and a lot of humidity

Fall lawn care revival is desperately needed. Ugh, it has been a very humid, sticky and dry (sounds like an oxymoron) August. Our lawns have become straw and any teenie-weenie bit of rain we do get just bounces off like a superball on the driveway. The only green that exist in the barren waste land you once took pride in are weeds.  (ie. crabgrass, purslane, knotweed and so so many more.) So now what? Is there any salvation ahead?

Fall has become the #1 season for seeding and over seeding your lawns. Now that the air temperatures are cooler and the soil temperatures are still warm, it is the perfect time to seed or reseed your lawns. Grass seed optimally needs a soil temperature of about 60-65 degrees. Here on the cape that doesn’t usually happen until late May, therefor the fall is best. We also, usually get better rains so you won’t feel chained to the hoses and sprinklers.

Fall lawn care also includes testing your soil pH.  It is very important this time of year. If you need to add lime to the lawn, now is the time to do it so it is available to the grass roots in the spring. Our soil is typically acidic because all of our native pines, maples and oaks. You can also use these next two months to get rid of those pesky weeds that are still lingering in the lawn, aerate, patch up the dead spots in the lawn and lay down a winter fertilizer to get your lawn ready for the dormant months of winter.
So here it is and if you have any questions or need further explanation call us or come in for a consult. We prefer to call them visits 🙂

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Fall Garden Projects

It is time for your fall garden projects.   Below we have listed what you should/could be doing now to prep your yards for the winter months.

  • Pull up plant material that is no longer useful and add to compost pile.  Toss any material that is insect ridden or diseased.  Keep weeding; mature weed plants drop weed seeds that will germinate next year.
  • Keep mowing your lawn until growth stops.  Apply a winter fertilizer to your lawn to strengthen the overall health and  root system to allow for an easier spring green up.   Apply the proper application of lime;  one bag of 40lb lime covers 1,000 square feet of lawn.  Seed patches of barren lawn and/or overseed to fill in thin spots.
  • Cut down perennials when the foliage begins to brown.
  • Plant flowering bulbs for blooms next spring.
  • Purchase cow manure to mound up around the base of roses.  Roses love manure and allowing the manure to mulch and decompose over the winter months make for happier roses next spring.
  • Divide and replant perennials and grasses that may need it.