Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Rosemary in February

I know, I know, Northern gardeners are envious of what we, Southerners, see in our gardens in February. Even my neighbor down the street commented on my Rosemary in bloom yesterday.

This specimen, acquired as barely a foot tall set of twigs a few years ago is now more than 5 feet tall. That's not an indication of my skills as a gardener, however; its two cousins, bought at the same place at the same time, died.

Still, one out of three is not bad!


~CC Catherine said...

Lya, This Rosemary pic is awesome! I can attest, by seeing it in person, that it looks even prettier and healthier in person! I love to smell my hand after rubbing an herb like this. ~Happy Gardening! ;) Catherine

Mike said...

What a beautiful specimen. I am considering planting some rosemary this year around my screened in porch, because I LOVE the smell of it. I hope you don’t mind if I ask a few questions.

Do you happen to know the actual name of the plant? I see that Walter recommends a couple varieties, Arp and Athens Blue Spires, for cold hardiness.

Do you grow your rosemary in a pot or in the ground? I can’t tell from the picture. I would like to grow it in the ground, but I live in Roswell, GA (zone 7b, I think) and I’m not sure how well it would do.

I would love to become a master gardener someday. You should be very proud of your accomplishment!

Thanks for sharing.

Lya Sorano said...

Mike, I don't know the variety, but I'm pretty sure I bought it as a small plant at either The Home Depot or WalMart and that it came from Bonnie's (grower) in Alabama. It's in the ground,and I don't really do anything for it (poor thing!) other than removing an occasional dead branch.

I'm in 7b also; your Rosemary should do well in Roswell. Much success!

Mike said...

Great! I saw some at home depot over the weekend, but I didn't purchase any because I wasn't sure how it would do. Thanks to your helpful information, I'm going to pick up some this week.

I'll probably start them out in pots until they become more established, and eventually plant them in the ground around my screened in porch.

Thanks again!