Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ophelia's welcome

In Charleston, guests are often greeted first by rosemary.



Sometimes with abandon.



Every single time I see a rosemary hedge, I am reminded of two things.



Until I made my way south, I never knew rosemary could get to these proportions. I still marvel.



And I think of Hamlet, and Ophelia's bouquet, "There is rosemary. That is for remembrance."



Perfect for a city of such historical merit which reclaimed itself aesthetically with such vigor.

What greets your guests first?

12 comments:

Turquoise Diaries said...

I have plenty of rosemary on the garden of our beach house..Very good for potato but I forgot to bring to ─░stanbul this year..

Off the List said...

My ever enthusiastic dog!

Mary said...

my mother has a rosemary bush that is beyond epic proportions. I am not too fond of the taste but love the smell of rosemary!

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

The rosemary is such a lovely idea!

Mable Cakes said...

My azaleas and hanging ferns!

LindsB said...

I love the smell of rosemary- I wish it grew like that up North!

bluehydrangea said...

That is exactly what my yard needs..rosemary!! I love the look, the smell and the taste.

pretty far west said...

My female butler. She's called Rosemary.

Emily said...

I only wish I was greeted with Rosemary up in Boston. It's my absolute favorite and to see it growing everywhere would be quite the treat!

Newlywed Hostess said...

If my husband had his way, it would be azealeas and crepe myrtles but only in the perfect shade of fuschia (not purple but not pink either) and probably nothing else. At the moment we have a hodge-podge of stuff that needs to be yanked out of the ground but that is another thought unto itself!
I would love for our yard to rosemary, basil and blue hydrangeas. We already have some white and green ones but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have some blue ones!

nannykim said...

We have rosemary growning in the back beside our fountain. They are in pots and one is two years old. At Christmas time we move them beside our back door which is our usual entrance. I love the smell and like to brush my hand over them and carry the sent for a few moments with me. I haven't thought of growning them in the ground--mainly because of fireant issues...but it might be fun to plant some along the back of my tiny front flower garden!

pink-to-green said...

What a wonderful tradition; I was just in Charleston for the first time this past weekend and fell in love. I am thinking that adding rosemary to our front pourch would be a wonderful reminder of the trip!