Archive for February, 2009
When Molly arrived on our farm, she became our little princess.. and we spoiled her rotten. :D, but oh poor Duffy put up with so much abuse that he always took in good stride. Whadda guy!
Rosemary is one of the lovliest herbs and one that takes well to the kitchen sill when the white drifts cover the land and one of my favorites.
Along with basil and thyme, rosemary is a staple in my kitchen…and a fine culinary herb.
Although it is a perennial in the Mediterranean countries from which it came, it will stand cold but not freezing temperatures, so here in the north, it needs to be brought indoors to overwinter. It’s a plant that’s reminiscent of the holiday season.. deep green with sort of a miniature Christmas tree look and marvelous balsam scent. If your really lucky it will bloom for you about the third year, but if it doesn’t flower for you, it’s okay. Just the fragrance of this plant is a joy, whether at the season of good will or any other month of the year…it’s scent is so haunting.
Along the Italian coastline rosemary grows everywhere and sizeable…so large, that women still drape their freshly washed sheets over the large bushes to dry. Still known as ‘dew of the sea’ is said to be endowed with many virtues. Long ago rosemary and juniper berries were burned to purify the air, and sometimes used as a tea to allay headaches or smoked in the hopes of curing asthma. and an herb that strengthens memory. Rosemary.. for remembrance.
As I took my cuttings from my mother rosemary plant for this years garden I was reminded of many gardening days gone by and good friends. And one such friend just sent us a crate of sunny oranges from Florida that I made into a delcious rosemary orange marmelade. Yum!
Whatever you grow in your garden this year, try including rosemary. You’ll never want to be without it again. Happy gardening!