WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

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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18 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 give a cheer spring is here: time to renew, refresh, and revive. Everyone welcomes spring and, while there are many types of plants to like, it is the flowers of this lovely season that truly delight the spirit and bring joy. Magnolias in particular emphati- cally declare spring's arrival and there is nothing shy about their flowers. These handsome ornamental trees or shrubs are prized for their showy, often fragrant flowers and glossy green leaves. Although it is the southern magnolia that usually comes to mind, there are natives and many species hardy in the northeast. The two main categories are the saucer magno- lias, Magnolia soulangeana, with large cup- shaped flowers or the star magnolias, M. stellata, with star-shaped flowers. The latter is the earliest spring greeter bursting forth with a frothy white array of fragrant star- shaped blooms that provide a fine contrast to spring flowering bulbs. The star magnolias are compact, rounded shrubs with a mature height of 12 to15 feet and almost as wide. 'Royal Star' is a popular cultivar with slightly larger flowers while 'Centennial' is an overall larger plant (25 feet by 20 feet) and 'Rosea' is a pale pink bloomer. They work well in the mixed border or as specimens, and are suitable for smaller properties. I've seen them used successfully as a hedge too — quite dramatic when in bloom. M E D I A B A K E R Y gardening in bloom greenhouse flower beds flora horticulture shrubbery The Magnificient Magnolias R U T H F U R M A N writer the green scene

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