Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs, and it has a lore stretching back to the ancients, so maybe it is fitting, that more than any other this is the herb of ‘remembrance’.
It is such an attractive plant, with long, slender limbs of the darkest green, and delicate, pale blue flowers that the bees absolutely adore. If anyone has a large rosemary bush in their garden, you will know well the smell on a hot summers day, as it releases its essential oils into the air – it is truly magical. It is what I imagine ancient Rome smelled like, I am not sure why!
Rosemary has always been used when events needed special remembering and so it is associated with birth, weddings and deaths. Guests at weddings could be greeted with a branch of rosemary and the famous herbalist Grieve talked of it being weaved into bridal bouquets…
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