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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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from electric oranges to soft pinks. There are many species to choose from, making it possible to have azaleas blooming all spring into summer and beyond. The native flame azalea, Rhododendron calendulaceum (note: azaleas are known botanically as rhodo- dendrons), as its name suggests is a vivid orange-red to yellow. It is perhaps the most spectacular native found in mountainous woods, although the flowers are unscented. Scented native azaleas are the pinkshell, R. vaseyi, one of the largest deciduous types with colors from deep true pink to light pink, or the roseshell, R. prinophyllum. Either will fill your garden with a spicy fragrance on warmer days. A cheerful spring look can be had with any of the hybrid azaleas from the Northern Lights series with warm colors and names like 'Mandarin Lights,' 'Rosy Lights,' 'Golden Lights' (fragrant), or 'Orchid Lights' to brighten any spring landscape. Azaleas do best in full or dappled sun with protection from strong wind and moderately moist soils. Get outside and get to work cleaning up winter's debris. Once the ground has thawed, it's a great time to plant your own welcome- to-spring shrub and enjoy it for many seasons to come. Happy planting! the green scene "cheerful spring" 26 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 7 RUTH FURMAN is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH). She trained in horticulture in England and spent many happy years working and gardening there. To reach Ms. Furman, email her at: Ruth@wellesleywestonmagazine.com.

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