Rosemary for Remembrance



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Rosemary for Remembrance

What would you say true love is?

Many say it’s fragile. I believe it’s strong, persistent, timeless.

The rosemary my great-grandfather planted, remembrance for the bride he lost in 1918 to the pandemic, thrives.

I note your apathy.

Let me convey a fact about rosemary: it cannot survive Vermont winters. Yet, almost 100 years after planting, this fragrant herb of the Mediterranean flourishes next to the grave of his beloved. Even in a hospitable climate, this would be a feat.

His diary said: “I fell in love at first sight and will love her with my last.”

I think…beyond.


end 4/29/2017

S. Darlington

20 thoughts on “Rosemary for Remembrance

  1. Doesn’t do to well in the Montreal area either! Have to plant a new one each year.
    This was a lovely story, Sascha.

    1. A few years ago I planted an Arp rosemary, from Richter’s which is a Canadian company. It lasted for around 7 years; I was chuffed…not so much when it died. I don’t remember its lowest temperature tolerance though; must at least have been 20s.
      Thanks, Dale. 🙂

      1. Ha, me too, it’s felt like a very slow day on my blog because I haven’t posted anything for the first time in a month! 🙂

  2. A warming story – I can not image not having Rosemary growing all year round in the garden.

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