Love Grows Where my Rosemary Goes…

Nov 8, 2011 | Gardening | 14 comments

 Eight scrappy little rosemary plants from Home Depot turned into THIS!
I couldn’t believe it!  I have never seen Rosemary grow so big in this area.  The largest was 2′ x 3′!
I decided, since they were going to die anyways this winter I would harvest all that I could and try to over-winter them in my little green house.  So I hacked them all down, dug them out – saving two for my kitchen to enjoy – even though I kill Rosemary anytime I try to overwinter it.
 I could not resist displaying the sprigs in my baby blue roaster.  I added a little water to keep them fresh and now that they have started to wilt I am tying them in big bunches to dry for Christmas gifts.
 Our kitchen smelled SO fragrant that Joel said he could smell it OUTSIDE through the closed door when he got home from work!  Can you imagine living in a climate where Rosemary grows as big as an arborvitae?
Sigh.

I don’t know who was more exited about this harvest – the kids or myself.  Nothing like fresh, gorgeous dirt to run the trucks thru!

14 Comments

  1. Christi

    Gorgeous! Rosemary is my fave herb, but I’ve never grown it. On the plans for next year’s potager!

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  2. Antique Paperie

    I love Rosemary and those are beautiful! I’ve never grown it, but, like Christi, it’s on next year’s agenda! Have a great week!

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  3. Abby Jo @ Homesteadryingracks.com

    Oh I love Rosemary in the kitchen… I found your wonderful blog thru Amy@ homestead revival! We live off-grid, and my favorite things to do on our homestead is garden,cook, and decorate. Soooo your blog is a must read.

    We are hosting a giveaway for our hand crafted drying racks, please come over for a visit and enter the giveaway.

    Happy Fall,
    Abby Jo

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  4. Tammy

    My grandma just covers her rosemary with a big pile of leaves during the winter and they come back every spring. I love rosemary too.

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  5. Sarah. . .myyellowhouse

    I can imagine how wonderful your home smelled! I don’t grow it but I buy it just to have around my kitchen.
    I love when you post pictures of your kitchen!
    I hope you do a post of your Christmas ideas and gifts this year. I’d love to see your gift giving ideas with your dried herbs and flowers.
    Hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall ~
    Sarah

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  6. It's me

    Love rosemary…..enjoy a happy day darling…love from me…xxx…

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  7. Mac n' Janet

    Love rosemary I have a huge one I’m trying to grow into a tree, we’re among the lucky ones whose rosemary grows all year long.

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  8. Amish Stories

    I’m spending a little time checking out new blogs, so i thought id stop and say hello to you folks. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

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  9. Stephanie

    Rosemary smells so good. In the movie Amelie when she sticks her hand in the beans because she likes the way it feels…I do the same with touching rosemary and lavender just to get the scent on my hands….heavenly!

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  10. Farmgirl Cyn

    Every autumn I try bring it in, but alas….by the time the holidays roll around it looks like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. Pitiful….

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  11. Carrie

    Your blog is so pretty. I always kill rosemary, but here is to keeping on trying. Thanks for the inspiration. I broke down and started a blog last month, you can see my messy attempt at a potager. I was inspired by you! thenormannotes.blogspot.com
    I am not very smart about blogging, but I am learning.

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  12. Pam

    I’m a rosemary lover myself. I always dig it up and bring it in the house to over-winter, too. It always died on me pretty quickly until last winter. I’ve found that rosemary really likes water when it’s in the house. I make sure that the soil never gets too dried out and give it a good spritz of water from a water bottle every day and that has worked wonders. My rosemary lived until March last year.

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  13. rosiemomma

    We live in a climate where the rosemary is large shrub year round. I guess it’s a small compensation for the heat we endure (we are near Phoenix, AZ). It is a scent like no other. I’m constantly making my kids smell it when we walk by or when I cook with it. My hope is that the scent will bring back memories for them someday. Thanks for the post!

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  14. Amy @ Homestead Revival

    Angela, the Rosemary is lovely, both indoors and out! The rocks you put around it were probably what helped it out this year. They absorb heat from the sun and warm the soil up nicely. And if you normally get a lot of rain, well drained soil helped, too. I live in an arid zone 7 and Rosemary grows wonderfully here (as does certain varieties of lavender), but the trailing kind tends to have more trouble than the shrub variety.

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