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A cluster of Daffodils growing at a house on Stonebridge Rd. 

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Wayland Weekly Flower – Garden Daffodil

A cluster of Daffodils growing at a house on Stonebridge Rd.

The Daffodil (genus Narcissus) is a hardy classic spring time perennial.   It is native to southern Europe and North Africa, but the plant has been spread widely since before the 10th century.  The Daffodil flower has six tepals (petals), which are white in this picture, surrounding a central corona, which is yellow in this picture.   The petals and the corona are often the same color with yellow being the most common color.

Daffodil plants can last many years as the bulbs are not attractive to deer or rodents.  The most common pests are slugs and bulb rot.  Although the flower produces small black seeds, these take years to generate flowers.  The most common way to spread the plant is by bulb division.  The bulbs have contractile roots which shorten after some years to pull the bulbs deeper into the ground.

Daffodil stems secrete a fluid which promotes the wilting of other flowers.  When cut, the stems should be soaked and rinsed before adding them to an arrangement or they should be featured alone.

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.  If you see noteworthy flowers in Wayland, please contact the author at waylandweeklyflower@gmail.com

Submitted by Duane Galbi

Wayland Weekly Flower – Potted Pansies

A pot of pansies along Stonebridge Rd near Route 126.

The pansy is a classic spring time flower which can be purchased at most garden nurseries.  The pansy is native to the southern hemisphere.  However, the plants bought at nurseries are typically F1 pansy hybrids of the genuses Viola and Wittrockiana.  Nursery grown pansies come is a wide variety of colors and are typically grown in a greenhouse from seed.  When purchased, they are three to four months old.  To extend the flowering life of the plant, one should deadhead spent flowers, and cut back leggy plants to revitalize the plant.

Although pansies are perennials, they can not handle the extremes of our weather and are typically treated like spring time annuals.  Although pansies like sun, planting in an area with afternoon shade can also extend the flowering life of the plant.  Afternoon shade protects the plant from our summer sun, and hence can extend the time before the plant inevitably succumbs to the summer heat.

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.  If you see noteworthy flowers in Wayland, please contact the author at waylandweeklyflower@gmail.com

Submitted by Duane Galbi

Wayland Weekly Flower – Forsythia Wreath

A wreath of Forsythia from 396 Old Connecticut Path (Route 126) in Wayland.   The location is just south of where the Hultman Aqueduct crosses Route 126.  Forsythia is the true harbinger of spring and it flowers before any of its leaf foliage emerges.

If you believe it is still a little too early for the Forsythia to bloom you are correct. This wreath is actually a nice imitation made of plastic flowers.  Although the residents of this location have some of the oldest and nicest Forsythia in town, they like to get a few weeks jump on spring by first putting out imitation Forsythia.  Return back to Wayland weekly flowers in a few weeks for a picture of the real golden Forsythia blooms at this location.

Forsythia is genus name of a group of flowering trees which are members of the olive family (Oleacea).   Another, lesser used, common name for Forsythia is the Easter Tree.  Although a very hungry deer will eat almost any vegetation, Forsythia is generally thought of as deer resistant.

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.  If you see note worthy flowers in Wayland, please contact the author at waylandweeklyflower@gmail.com

Submitted by Duane Galbi

Wayland Weekly Flower – Green Carnation Bouquet

A St. Patrick’s Day bouquet, featuring green carnations (Dianthus Caryophyllus), from Donelan’s Supermarket in Wayland.  The bouquet was imported from Columbia which is the world’s leading producer of carnations.

The green carnation was created by selectively breeding.  White carnations can be dyed green by putting them in water containing food coloring.  I expect this carnation is a natural one because of its light green color. Natural carnations are light green; whereas, dyed carnations are typically deep or dark green.   

According to mythology, carnations appeared from the tears of the Virgin Mary when Christ was crucified, and they are important to St Patrick’s day because its roots are an Irish Catholic holiday celebrating their patron Saint.  The original color associated with the holiday was blue, but by around 1900, the holiday’s color had switched to green.  The green stripe in the Irish flag which traditionally represents the Catholics of Ireland and the “Emerald Island” nickname for Ireland are thought to have driven the change.  The Irish flag is a tri-color flag.  The green stripe is thought to represents the Catholics of Ireland, the orange stripe to represent the Protestants, and white middle stripe to represent the peace between these two religions.

The flowers on the right side of the bouquet are white Alstroemeria flowers (common name Peruvian lily).  Alstroemeria flower, like carnations, have good vase life; however, they have little to no fragrance.

The flower on the lower left, near the carnation, is a green spider chrysanthemum.  It is part of the daisy family of plants which includes zinnias and marigolds. This flower also has good vase life and adds a distinctive touch to the arrangement.

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 – Celebration Boutonniere

A UPS Forever Stamp with a picture of a “Celebration Boutonniere” taken at the Wayland Post Office on Route 20.  This post office was built in 1970 during the Nixon Administration and serves northern and central Wayland.   There is a second Wayland post office located in Cochituate.

Boutonnieres are traditionally worn by men at weddings or other special occasions.   In the 1900’s, the Boutonniere, or just a simple single buttonhole flower, was an indispensable part of a sophisticated, well-dressed men’s wardrobe.  They are most often pinned to the lapel of a suite or a formal jacket.

The main flower of this Boutonniere is not a rose but rather a Ranunculus (common name Persian ButterCup).  The green buds are Berzelia buds which traditionally grow into small white flowers, and the greenery filler is clubmoss.

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.  

Wayland Weekly Flower – Lily and Larkspur Bouquet

A bouquet of Rose and Spider Gerbera daisy (also called Fringe Gerbera daisy) with Hypericum Berry greenery arranged by Theresa C.H. Kuo for the Council on Aging (COA) center in the Wayland Town Building. Theresa periodically provides flower arrangements to share the beauty of flowers with fellow attendees of COA events and programs.

A bouquet of Oriental Lilies, Triumph Tulips, and Larkspur at the Carriage House at Lee’s Farm along Route 20 in Wayland.  Carriage House is a senior living facility with a 24 hour staff.  It provides scheduled transportation, meals, and activities for independent minded seniors, as well as extra help for those who need a little more care.

The Oriental Lily (genus Lilium) is a stunning highly fragrant flower with good cut flower vase life.   It is a great choice to add rich color and fragrance to any bouquet.  True lilies grow from a bulb with scales on the exterior and no protective skin.  The Oriental Lily and Asiatic Lily are true lilies; where as, the popular Daylily is not a true lily.   The Asiatic Lily is one of the easiest to grow true lilies.  It is available in a wide variety of colors, but most Asiatic Lilies are unscented.

Larkspur, a common name for the genus Delphinium, belongs to the buttercup flower family.  Blue Larkspur is used in this bouquet, but the blooms are available in colors from white to blue to violet.  They are a great choice for adding a mild fragrance and color to a bouquet, but they are a fragile flower with relatively short vase life.

The Triumph Tulip, a cross between a Single Early and a Darwin tulip, is known for its classic cup like shape.  It has good vase life and is a hardy plant which is able to withstand colder temperatures.  However, like any tulip, it is a favorite of rabbits and deer.

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 – Rose and Gerbera Daisy Bouquet

A bouquet of Rose and Spider Gerbera daisy (also called Fringe Gerbera daisy) with Hypericum Berry greenery arranged by Theresa C.H. Kuo for the Council on Aging (COA) center in the Wayland Town Building.  Theresa periodically provides flower arrangements to share the beauty of flowers with fellow attendees of COA events and programs.

The Gerbera daisy is the fifth most popular cut flower in the world, and the Netherlands produce almost 900 million of these flowers per year.  The Gerbera daisy comes in all the colors of the rainbow except blue, and is really a tight cluster of many different blossoms of different sizes.  The daisy belongs to the Asteraceae family, the same family as sunflowers.  Live daisies, like sunflowers, follow the sun as it moves across the sky.  Cut daisies have excellent vase life and typically last nearly two weeks.

Hypericum greeny comes from the Hypericum shrub which is a hardy shrub that can grown in the Wayland area.  It flowers in the spring and forms a berry by the fall.  The resulting berry can have different colors depending on the plant type and is mildly poisonous.  The plant itself is often considered an invasive weed, and it can take over and dominate the landscape.

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