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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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gardening in bloom greenhouse flower beds flora horticulture shrubbery the green scene Spring Ahead R U T H F U R M A N writer much anticipated, always welcome, spring is the season of unfurlings, uncurlings, and green tips poking forth from a warming earth. "Ahhh, at last," we say. There are many signs of spring's arrival. I love the surprise of a crocus clump suddenly bursting forth in a sea of color on a sunny day when all around is bare. More demurely, my early season favorite announcing "spring is here" is the beloved pussy willow. What is more charming, really? Who would have thought that flowers without petals could be so enticing? Yet that is pre- cisely what willow catkins are, resting over winter encased in a hard sheath, hugging the stem. As spring unrolls, the catkins cast off their winter capes and downy silvery flowers emerge turning golden as they ripen. Pick some early on to bring indoors, and in a few days the golden pollen falls like fairy dust. Children delight in seeing these furry-looking flowers, feel- ing their softness, and watching them turn yellow. The catkin epithet derives from their resemblance to the pads on a cat's paw. 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 p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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