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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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in flowers from late spring to early summer. The foliage eventually turns green, but if sheared it forces new growth that is variegated. If you prefer large, showy catkins, look for the giant pussy willow, S. chaenomeloides 'Mt. Aso,' which has silky reddish pink flowers that shimmer in the spring sunlight. For drama there is the black pussy willow, S. gracilistyla 'Melanostachys,' with large black catkins. Willows are quite adaptable to many soil conditions but prefer a moisture retentive soil; they are easy to grow and a great addition to any garden. Fast growing, the shrubs can be kept to a desirable size with a hard annual pruning to just inches above the ground as this encourages more stems with a display of cat- kins to welcome in spring. Of course, a collec- tion would make a major statement in your landscape. You can also make a statement and add spring to your doorstep or patio by cutting some fuzzy catkins to help fill your outdoor containers. And don't forget to bring some indoors to display in a vase on your kitchen counter. Willows have an optimistic charm while the catkins will make you smile. What better way to get out into the garden then with a smile and a spring in your step. Happy gardening! 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. 24 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 the green scene "will make you smile"

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