Thursday, September 3, 2009

Golden Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis aureus 
 Golden Rosemary
For a brief time in early Spring this Rosemary puts on new growth which is a glowing golden yellow. As the weather warms up it changes to a more soft green colour. It is a robust plant usually reaching about a metre or more in height and responding well to trimming and shaping.
Rosemary, being native to the Mediterranean seashores of France and Spain is given the name "dew of the sea" and is celebrated in literature especially poetry. The Andalusian poet Juan Ramon Jiminez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1956, wrote
"The flute and the drum announce the festival of spring:
Long live the roses, the roses of love!
Let the green meadows enter with sun!
Come to the fields for rosemary,come,come,
for rosemary and for love!"

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