Tuesday, January 11, 2011

'N' is for Northern Gardening

Hi everyone! I'm happy to be joining Outdoor Wednesday and Alphabe Thursday today! Welcome to Gardening North of Philadelphia!
Otherwise known as "why Rosemary may be considered an annual to some".
Wikipedia says:
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region
The name rosemary derives from the Latin name rosmarinus, which is from "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), or "dew of the sea"[2] because in many locations it needs no other water than the humidity carried by the sea breeze to live.
Ok, I see why it flourishes with our hot and humid summers, but Mediterranean and snow just don't mix!
This gentle 3" snow is pretty nice, last year the snow totally covered the plant and I lost it.
This replacement grew to be about 24" in one year even after a lot of cuttings, not too bad!
Sometimes they winter over with no problem and some years we have to start over again.
I buy them for $1 at the nursery, so starting over is not too painful!

Have a happy day:@)
PS-I do recommend Root Blast from QVC, or wherever you might find it. It's worth trying!

34 comments:

  1. The snow hanging heavy on the sprigs is very pretty. Happy Outdoor Wednesday! La

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  2. Hi Lynn,I haven't forgotten my favorite bloggers, I have been in Florida for two weeks all together. Christmas week and a week in January. Lot of busy times at Christmas and our grandson's wedding this past weekend. It is good to be back and catching up. I posted the wedding today.

    Your poor Rosemary bush. They are easy to grow thank goodness. Our bushes are all several inches deep in snow too. We are snowed in actually and have been for the past three days. It is STILL snowing!!!

    I love your Valentines Day tree. I love feather trees and yours is very festive. A sweet idea.

    Happy New Year Lynn.
    Stay warm, hugs, Jeanne

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  3. Lynn, your poor rosemary! I must admit is looks lovely in its white gown of snow, but I hate to think of how its going to feel when it melts. I hope it makes it and that you don't have to replant.

    Stay warm!

    Happy Outdoor Wed...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  4. Sorry about all the typos. I see three in that sentence. Please don't tell my former English teacher who was the world's biggest stickler. LOL!

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  5. How funny, my rosemary here in Arizona has grown the size of my car! Time to trim it back...yours is much prettier than mine with the snow.

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  6. Brrrrrrr! It looks like hot cocoa weather where you are and it is getting that way here in Oregon too.

    Lynn, you are so sweet to visit and leave your nice comments... it is a pleasure to "know" you:)

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  7. Your rosemary looks so pretty with the snow. Mine is not looking good... even before the snow. I guess I will have to replace it this spring.
    I love their fragrance in the rain!

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  8. We just got 6 inches of snow here in SC and it's just killing me to see some my plants all covered in snow. I hope I don't loose to many. I'm just itching for nice weather to start my garden up.

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  9. I have a great pot roast recipe that calls for rosemary. I've tried to grow it but it doesn't make it through our winters even here in the south... at least, mine doesn't.

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  10. It does looks pretty covered in snow. Atleast you can get it to grow. I have issues!!

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  11. Rosemary is a wonderful herb to have in your garden- it's great that you can get it so reasonably priced! The snow is pretty on it. :)

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  12. Looks very pretty! Mine will be covered with about a foot by tomorrow, maybe more. It survived last year, so I'm hoping!

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  13. I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed that the plant will make it through the winter months.
    Joyce M

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  14. Hi dear....don't worry..as you know I live in Mediterranean area....and my rosemary plant is huge...anyway my parents live in the Central-Northern Italian Montains....every year their rosmary plants are "overcovered" by snow and ice...and during summer are beautifully full of flowers!!! Hugs, Flavia

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  15. My rosemary died in western NC and that was in the summer. I don't know why but I'm going to research it before I plant it again next year. We do have a lot of rabbits. Stay safe and warm in all that snow.

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  16. Very pretty shots...rosemary grows like crazy here...but we have no snow. My rosemary plant is more like a very large bush and is about 10years old. I hope yours lasts this year!

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  17. I wonder if mine is alive out there...didn't even think to look! I does look pretty with the dusting of white, doesn't it?

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  18. So, I grew up North of Philadelphia (near Elk Mountain) and I remember the challenges of gardening there.

    I can't really have a garden here, the deer and elk would just eat anything I planted, but someday, I'm going to try a greenhouse.

    Love your blog!

    I do have a little rosemary plant on my windowsill....

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  19. Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday!

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  20. 24 inches is alot of growth in one year!Rootblast must be a wonder fertilizer :-)

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  21. Our rosemary bushes here in Arizona are out of control. I think we have some that are 7 feet in diameter!

    I wish I was gardening in your area, though. Then I could have some of the flowers I just pine for...lilacs, peonies, lillies of the valley...

    Thanks for a nifty link to Alphabe-Thursday.

    I enjoyed my stop here today.

    A+

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  22. Rosemary is definitely an annual in my Ontario garden...so I grow in a pot in my sunroom where it can be a perennial. :)

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  23. I'm with you. We live in Michigan and a lot of the perennial herbs and flowers are planted as annuals here.

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  24. I can see it going bad after all that snow fall amirite?

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  25. Love me some rosemary! It's a perennial in my neck of the woods. But this year it appears I might have to replace my oregano and sage. They've acted like perennials for several years but they have since pooped out.

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  26. I usually bring my rosemary in to overwinter it, but it didn't survive the lack of water this year. Neglect--another N word! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  27. Poor Rosemary bush! Well, it looks like this ones a fighter, right? Hope that the winter weather isn't too harsh on it this year!

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  28. Rosemary is really hardy, and it looks like it will do okay this year for you. I have one Rosemary plant that I've moved several times, and it just keeps on keepin' on. I forget about it...maybe I better go check on Rosemary! I may need a pinch or two for stew!

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  29. I love rosemary, such hardy stuff and so very delicious!

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  30. I have rosemary in my back yard, too. I love the little blossoms.

    =)

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  31. I planted rosemary in a big pot here in Arizona and it turned into a huge shrub with a trunk about 8 inches around! I was shocked!

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  32. awww...poor rosemary. BrrRRRrr!

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  33. That made me smile - Rosemary is an annual in many of the places I lived before we came to the island!

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