Smile a little smile for me Rosemary

I think that's a line from a song popular while I was growing up. But this is not about a song. It is about, yes, you guessed right. It is about a Mediterranean culinary herb called rosemary. Yes from the mint family and said to be commonly found near seas.

Rosemary is "a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves", and grows up to 5 feet tall upright". It thrives as a trailing, too. I can't believe it bears white, pink, purple or blue flowers which comes out winters or spring. The first time I tried to grow rosemary was a disappointing experience. That plant died, you see. That was almost 7 years ago. Today, I will try to grow one again.

Here's another interesting fact: "rosemary is easily pruned into shapes and has been used for topiary". Awesome! "When grown in pots, it is best kept trimmed to stop it getting straggly and unsightly, though when grown in a garden, rosemary can grow quite large and still be attractive. It can be propagated from an existing plant by clipping a shoot 10–15 cm (4–6 in) long, stripping a few leaves from the bottom, and planting it directly into soil."

The guy manning the herb plantarium where I bought it from, told me that I should keep it away from the rain. No wonder. It hates the rain. The guy's right.

Wikipedia says it tolerates some degree of drought. Aside from the fact that it is an attractive plant. And now I realized that truly it should be good for landscaping purposes. Since, it is "considered easy to grow and pest-resistant", I wonder why my first plant perished.

I have learned my lessons.

And so now I say, smile those little smiles for me, rosemary and don't die on me. Please:-)


Thanks to this site for the pic on the left.

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