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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 All is Rosy Ahead R U T H F U R M A N writer summer is the season of flowers — ideally flowers that last all summer long, and for me there is no finer flower than the rose. Yet for many of you roses seem to be at the bottom of the list as they are thought to be pest and disease ridden and require too much attention. You may also think that when they are not in flower, their form isn't as elegant as other shrubs. Okay, I'll give you this last point. But, when in bloom, rose bushes are simply the most luscious and bodacious residents of the summer garden, and everyone should have at least one. Dismiss the myth of roses being difficult to grow. Breeders got the message a couple of decades ago because they were tired of using chemicals detrimental to the environment to ward off dis- ease, so they began to breed much healthier roses. New modern roses tend to be shorter and fuller with all the classic attributes of a rose: handsome foliage, good perfume, a range of colors, and a healthy plant. These bushier modern roses have fuller flowers with a classic, old-fashioned rose bloom. Basically, real flower power. D A V I D W E T H E R B E E 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 u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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