WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

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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gardening in bloom greenhouse flower beds flora horticulture shrubbery the green scene Bringing Winter Cheer Indoors R U T H F U R M A N writer cold weather has closed in, and all of our outdoor gardening chores are on hold until next season's warmer weather. Plant lovers fear not; indoor gardening can always keep our green thumbs from atrophying. Houseplants need looking after, too, and, as we prepare for the holi- days, our green companions can be used to deco- rate indoor spaces for cozy gatherings with family and friends. Houseplants add color, texture, shape, and form to any interior space and are a way to stay connected with nature, particularly during the cold winter months. Plants also improve our air quality as they feed on the carbon dioxide we emit and in turn release oxygen for a perfectly symbiotic relationship. Perhaps you haven't had much luck with house- plants and consider them too finicky. We've all had our failures for various reasons, but there are some basics to consider before spending time and money only to choose the wrong plant (again!). "Right plant, right place" applies to our garden plants and it holds true for indoor plants, too. Every home has natural light coming through windows and skylights. So, assess the light situation in the areas where you want to have plants. Even some of the low-light areas can be suitable for certain plants. South-facing windows are the sunniest (brightest) and warmest; north-facing ones have the lowest light. A western expo- sure has more light than east but less than south. Amaryllis 20 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8

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