WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

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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20 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 J O R G E A N T O N I O / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M gardening in bloom greenhouse flower beds flora horticulture shrubbery The Queen of Summer R U T H F U R M A N writer the green scene mystery, history, intrigue, magic. Words to describe the latest novel or popular new film? No, I'm talking about the unchallenged garden favorite: the rose. From intrepid climbers to ground hugging ramblers, the rose is a must for any outdoor space. From balcony window box to grand estate, there is a rose to fit any situation, providing form, flowers, and foliage. Unfortunately, however, their reputation is one of high maintenance and susceptibility to a longish list of pests and diseases. Let's dispel some of those fears. Hybridizers have been busy over the past few decades developing cultivars with good resistance to the myriad problems to which roses can be vul- nerable. Besides the modern cultivars, there are also countless antique or heirloom roses that have resistant qualities; they are just harder to source. To simplify the rose genus let's divide roses into three main groups: First are the species roses, which grow wild, usually with a single flower and bloom once in a season. Many have been used in breeding programs to produce wonderful cultivated types. A few species roses native to the eastern United States and readily available are Rosa virginiana, the Virginia rose, R. carolina, the pasture rose, and the swamp rose, R. palustris. These three all have fragrant, 020-024_WWMb14_green scene_roses_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 12:05 PM Page 20

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