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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grow, so bear in mind that the small plant you are looking at in the garden center will fill up and out in just a few growing seasons. Along with size and shape, the next con- sideration is if you want flowers or foliage. Foliage plants will last year-round while flow- ering types usually go through a non-flower- ing period to regenerate. Foliage types can be grouped with seasonal flowering types such as the iconic Christmas poinsettias, cyclamen, or amaryllis for a jazzed-up seasonal display. Then there is the choice of pots: Do you want decorative to augment or to coordinate with your interior design? Here the choice is one of "please yourself," but know that some of the pleasure of indoor gardening is the collecting of containers. Just as a new outfit is enhanced with accessories, so too for your houseplants; just think how to accessorize from your collection of containers. If this is your first attempt at houseplants, look for the tried and true, easy care, practi- cally indestructible plants like bromeliads, peace lily, or the increasingly popular succu- lents. The latter need minimal watering and grooming, and just a sunny window. Last but not least is to ask yourself what your budget will allow. Larger specimens can be pricey and if your expertise is minimal, then you might want to opt for a smaller ver- sion to gain experience on. If you already have a collection of house- plants, get creative and group them. Be bold. Grouping your potted plants provides pockets of lush greenery in your home, creating an indoor paradise to enjoy during the cold winter months and letting you stay connected with nature. Have a merry, green holiday, and enjoy a "green" winter! 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. 23 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 the green scene "an indoor paradise"

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