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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Wayland Weekly Flower – Mixed Color Rose Bouquet

Mixed Color Rose Bouquet (genus Rosa – probably Hybrid tea) with Baby’s Breath highlights from Donelan’s Supermarket in Wayland.  There is symbolism associated with each rose color.  A white rose is often referred to as the bridal rose and signifies young love, truth, and loyalty.  A yellow rose signifies friendship, joy, and caring; whereas, a pink rose can symbolize admiration or appreciation.  Mixed color bouquets do not send a mixed message, but rather have a more complex meaning by combining the symbolism of multiple colors.

The key to making cut flowers last is to keep them cold (35’ish degrees) so they remain dormant until they are sold.  To keep flowers fresh after purchasing, keep them in a cool place.  Flower food is formulated to help flowers last.  It treats the water by adding nutrients (ie sugar) , making the water slightly acidic (helps water move up the stem), and adding an anti-bacterial agent.  Adding aspirin to the water only helps make the water slightly acidic.  A better choice would be apple cider vinegar (acidic and anti-bacterial) and sugar.   Changing the water every few days helps control the bacteria in the vase and extends the longevity of the flowers.  Just remember to treat the water every time you change it.  If you have flower food, save some to use when you change the water.

Return here every week to warm up to a picture of flowers from somewhere in Wayland.  Perhaps learn a bit about flowers, and different places in Wayland.

Submitted by Duane Galbi

Wayland Weekly Flower: Red Roses

Red Roses (genus Rosa – probably Hybrid tea) from Post Road Flowers across from the Wayland Post Office.  About 650 million roses are sold in the U.S. every year with 95% of the roses imported from Columbia and Ecuador by being flown into Miami.  Nearly 70% of the 200 million roses produced for the U.S. Valentines Day are red.  Since Greek and Roman times, the red rose has been the ultimate symbol of romantic love.  A dozen or two red roses is always a great gift for that special someone.  However, you might also consider 10 roses to indicate they are perfect, or 7 roses to capture the spirituality and perfection associated with this number.

There are four places to buy flowers in Wayland. The bouquets sold at Stop & Shop and Donelan’s are probably imported as prewrapped bouquets. Those sold at Russell’s and by Jolene at Post Road Flowers are assembled from individual stems.

Wayland Wednesday Flower: Pink Roses

Pink Roses (genus Rosa – probably Hybrid tea) from Stop & Shop at Wayland Town Center. Although there is a huge variety of roses, the Hybrid Tea rose remains the standard rose of the floral industry. A pink rose is often given as a token of admiration or appreciation or even an expression of sympathy. The number of roses matter as well. A single rose typically symbolizes a “simple thank” you; whereas, thirteen roses signify a secret admirer.

There are four places to buy roses in Wayland. Can you name all four? We will highlight different rose colors and the places to buy them in the coming two Wednesdays we have before Valentines day. Return here every week to warm up to a picture of flowers from somewhere in Wayland. Perhaps learn a bit about flowers, and different places in Wayland.

All Wayland Wednesday Flower posts are online here.

Submitted by Duane Galbi