The green campaign: romero

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. 7 romero looking up to orchard 27-8-13In 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]. 1 romero at the bottom of the tennis steps 28-5-102 romero bank at side of tennis court 28-5-10Now, the romero is getting a little older [below], a little woodier, and is settling into its surroundings. 3 romero - goes woody in the middle as gets older 27-8-13And everywhere, it is totally green and healthy. 4 romero - totally green and healthy 27-8-135 romero at bottom of kitchen rockface1 - planted when 27-8-135 romero at bottom of kitchen rockface1 - planted when 27-8-136 romero bank at side of tennis court - planted when 27-8-138 romero outside tennis gate - planted when 27-8-136 romero bank at side of tennis court - planted when 27-8-139 romero path at side of tennis court 27-8-1310 the car park romeros1 27-8-1311 the car park romeros2 - 10 27-8-13To 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

4 thoughts on “The green campaign: romero

  1. Nicholas C. Rossis

    Rosemary is wonderful and we have plenty of it in our garden in Greece. Rosemary being a Mediterranean plant, it thrives in our place as well. Apparently, there are many different types of rosemary but they all smell heavenly. We usually add ours to stews with potatoes. I loved your Spanish garden. Perhaps you should try other aromatics as well, like oregano, thyme, marjoram, lavender and so many others. Well done, it looks great! Keep writing!

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    1. sandradan1 Post author

      Hi Nicholas, I’m pleased you like our garden though to be honest it is more ‘tamed hillside’ than proper garden. We grow a lot of woody herbs here, thyme and lavender in particular do well. SD

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