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Rosmarinus Officinalis, otherwise commonly known as Rosemary, is every lamb lover's favourite herb. The two are meant to go well together. Well, I don't eat or cook lamb but I love the fragrance of this versatile herb and it livens up any pasta dish.
My two rabbits also love eating it for a special treat.
The plant is in flower right now and I think it looks rather pretty growing in a pot and being a Mediterranean plant, used to warmer climes, it stands a bit of neglect in the hotter months of summer when I don't always remember to water it.
During the last winter, two shrubs have died very mysteriously, both against the same wall facing south. One was a Tamarisk tree and the other was a Ceanothus. I had had the Tamarisk tree for years and the Ceanothus had also been with us some time and survived really cold weather. I think the possible thing that finished them off this winter was the fact that it had been very mild for months and most shrubs mistakenly started budding thinking that it was Spring and then we had a run of very frosty, severely cold weather. Its my belief that this proved too much for them.
Anyway, this morning my son, Sam, cut down the shrubs and chopped the remains up into tiny pieces.
I've been thinking of planting rosemary and a bay tree in their place.
Any suggestions for your idea of replacements would be gratefully received.
I really think that Spring is here to stay now and I keep going out in the garden to tidy up and to sit and reflect.