WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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narrative capturing a moment suburban sketches creative expressions last but not least your voice In My Garden Grows A L I S O N C R O S S writer painting a portrait reflections i have never been a "real" gardener, at least not last; and whether or not they are prone to disease. My garden in the traditional sense. I grasp very little about gardening is a well fed ecosystem that draws in wonderful wildlife, basics; I don't plan ahead, or practice a modicum of patience. I including hummingbirds and butterflies. don't follow seasonal guidelines for optimal planting. I plant My single attempt to follow the tip of a gardening guru failed seedlings only inches apart, risking end-of-season crowding. I miserably. I'd read that one could intensify the color of blue transplant things before they've bloomed, risking no blooms. hydrangeas by applying aluminum sulfate to the soil (creating I plant shade plants in the sun, and sun plants in the shade. an acidic environment). In my eagerness to manipulate nature, And yet. In my garden grows the most spectacular varieties I exposed my hydrangeas to a chemical burn. Desperately seek- of flowers, blooming shrubs, rich leafy greens, and massive ing counsel from my local nursery, I was informed that my stretches of ground cover. My garden exhibits a profusion of best option was to uproot and replace them all. color, blossoms with velvety petals and buttery smells, blooms which make their appearance all season long. And yet. In my garden grows an elegant row of Limelight hydrangeas, humongous and stately Pinky Winky hydran- I do not belong to a Gardening Club, a Horticultural Soci- geas, and, alas, an impressive display of vibrant blue, Endless ety, or any other botanically-inclined organization. I follow Summer hydrangeas. They enjoy the company of pink peonies, so few conventions that my gardening techniques would yellow roses, indigo irises, and magenta phlox. likely be considered shameful, even appalling. Like a painter who creates from a vision in her mind's eye, And yet. In my garden grows an abundance of formal and whose compositions come to life instinctively, I see my garden free-flowing plantings. There are no tidy rows of single speci- as my canvas. I have come to accept that I will never be a tradi- mens; no well-behaved borders or isolated stands. Irises are tional gardener; my advice will not be sought; my perennial juxtapositioned with rhododendron; roses with asters; daisies beds will not be replicated. Rather, I will continue to be guided with snap dragons; bee balm with elderberry. by intuition; to nurture with love and a light hand; to rely on I am not well-read in the subject of gardening; my knowledge base is shallow at best. I won't confess as to how long it took the powers of botanical karma. Because the results are spectacular. So much beauty and energy, in my garden grows. for me to understand the difference between a perennial (which We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 To read the full version of " IN MY GARDEN GROWS ," visit wwmblog.com. returns every year) and an annual (which needs to be planted every year). And yet. In my garden grows everything as I have envisioned it. I somehow recall the names of the plants; how large Be Creative This page is designed to give our readers the opportunity to express themselves creatively. If you have a short piece of fiction (300-500 words), a poem, illustration, or photograph depicting life in Wellesley and Weston, we would love to hear from you. E-mail submissions to jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. they will likely grow each season; how long their blooms will 200

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