Part two of the ‘green campaign’ involved rosemary, the plant, the herb. Previously my appreciation of rosemary was two-fold: the herb, bought in small packets from the supermarket, and thrown into baking trays of roasting vegetables. And a sad leggy shrub in our English garden, planted in soil it doesn’t like. In Spain, rosemary is another beast altogether. We cook with it all the time and even put it in cakes and drinks. And it smells heavenly. It is one of those plants that gives you so much mileage: it’s evergreen, it needs nothing doing to it, bees and butterflies love it, it is covered in delicate pale blue flowers and has a pleasing gnarled quality to its bark. Once we realised its other quality – it is hardy in the tough climate of our valley, surviving +40° summer and deep frost in the winter – we planted hundreds. And I do mean hundreds. Now, we are reaping the dividends.
In 2010, the planting had a sad sparse quality about it [below]. Now, the romero is getting a little older [below], a little woodier, and is settling into its surroundings. And everywhere, it is totally green and healthy. To read part one of the ‘green campaign’, click here.
5 to remember
el romero – the rosemary [the herb]
la campaña – the campaign
los dividendos – the dividends
escaso/a – sparse
leñoso/a – woody