I grow a lot of herbs. One of the banes of my existence is trying to keep rosemary alive over the winter. I'm in zone 6. Rosemary is not hardy here. In past years I've tried Hill Hardy rosemary. My garden center claimed it was hardy to zone 6. They lied. Every year I bought it. Every year it died. I had started feeling very much like Charlie Brown trying to kick that football and every time having it pulled away. I wanted it so bad that I just couldn't let go. I had to keep trying.
No more. I've let the dream go - at least for now. Wednesday I stopped at the garden center on the way home. I bought a rosemary, but this time it isn't going into the ground. I'm going to keep it in a pot. I hear horror stories about trying to keep rosemary inside over the winter. Some people claim it is easy, some can never get them to live through the winter. All I can think of is that it has to be easier than trying to keep it alive outside in zone 6.
I had a pot already filled with potting mix. It had my tomato soil that I made back in April. I'm hoping rosemary likes crushed eggshells. I was going to use the pot for some flowers for the front door, but that never happened which is awfully convienent for me. In the rosemary went.
I debated where it ought to go. There is one obvious spot in the herb garden. Half of the herb garden is pretty bare. I have a self seeded little sage plant that I moved over. It hasn't grown much. The self seeded chamomile is still small. I have a section that I'm saving so I can move my lemon thyme up to the herb garden from down below. In the middle of all that is nothing. My cilantro used to self seed prolifically here, but last year the plants just wouldn't set seed in all the rain. So it is pretty bare. I stuck the pot right there. Personally I think the pot looks weird here. It is the only pot around. If it had other pots surrounding it, it would look fine.
Ah well. I'm not growing it for its beauty. I'm growing it for its wonderful smell and taste. If the store had had a Tuscan Blue plant I would have bought it. It is often considered the best of the rosemaries. They didn't. The variety they did have, Spice Island, seems to have a lot of wonderful scent. I was feeling and smelling the leaves in the afternoon. For dinner I made some chard with garlic. After dinner I noticed that my fingers smelled of rosemary still and not at all of garlic. I had probably washed my hands several times in the interm and still I smelled of rosemary. I think rosemary has got to be one of my favorite scents. I can't wait until it grows up and I can harvest it.