WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 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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the rose is a symbol of love, gratitude, and appreciation, so a gorgeous pink rose bush was an appropriate gift given to us by a dear friend when my mother-in-law passed away. Looking at the lovely blooms in the plastic bucket waiting to be planted in our yard filled me with worry, however. The last thing I wanted was for this beautiful bush to meet the fate of so many other unfortunate plants that suffered at the mercy of my not-so-green thumbs. But it was worth a try. My husband and I found a sunny spot in the corner of our yard where it would be viewed by us and passers-by. We held a ceremony of dedication and said a prayer to honor his mom and a prayer that the bush would survive. Five years later, I'm proud to say that through no special efforts on my part, the rose bush is a "Wow!" The pretty pink blossoms greet us all summer long and its vibrant hot pink color fills that corner of the yard. People walking by the house even stop to comment on its beauty and ask for my gar- dening advice. It almost seems to be saying, "Look at me! I'm here!" And it remains a constant reminder of my mother-in-law who, like the rose, was colorful and always filled the room with her presence. You can learn all about roses and how to grow them in your own yard by reading Ruth Furman's Green Scene article. She believes that everyone should have a rose bush and has some great ideas for how to select, plant, and care for them. It is that time of year when we strive to achieve beautiful lawns after all. As such, you'll want to read our "10 Tips for 'Green' Ways to Keep Your Lawn Green" — whether you prefer the do-it-yourself approach or hire a lawn service. Another great article in this issue is "They're Back." Our son lived with us for a year after he finished college while working in Boston. We loved having him back at home (most of the time). Apparently, however, he did not feel the same way as he told us last year that it was "the worst year of my life!" Maybe if I would have read Allison Ijams Sargent's article before he moved home, things might have been different for him then, but I'm happy to report that we get along beautifully now. Happy summer! J I L L N I L S E N jill @ wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S editor's letter 16 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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