Turkey Creek Lavender

Turkey Creek Lavender

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Success! Propagating Rosemary

"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray you, love, remember." -William Shakespeare, Hamlet 

If you follow my gardening board on Pinterest you'll already know I have a special place in my heart for Rosemary. I use it in several of my handmade soaps, including Lavender Rosemary, Rosey Goat, and Oh, Bug Off!
Turkey Creek Farm Rosey Goat Handmade Soap



















I use rosemary in herb mixes, in cooking, to infuse honey, to flavor water...well, you get the idea. In the winter, when everyone is cooped up and sniffling around here, I combine it with other healing essential oils and put it in the essential oil diffuser.

There are so many health benefits of Rosemary...it's rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants, and minerals. Like lavender, it is naturally anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. For aromatherapy, it is an awesome de-stresser, promoting feelings of contentment and well-being. Rosemary essential oil promotes mental clarity, energizes, balances, and, when mixed with a massage oil, stimulates circulation. I combine several drops with Sweet Almond Oil and use it before I go out to weed. After I am all achy, I often combine it with lavender, and put a few drops in a hot bath. So delicious!

Aside from that, I just love the way it looks, and feels. Over the years I've had several rosemary topiaries,  some shaped like trees, some shaped like balls. So naturally when I read how easy it was to propagate I had to try it.

Guess what? It worked. Out of 19 plants, I only lost one.

I just followed the directions from Fine Gardening that I pinned on Pinterest.

I used a rooting hormone and took cuttings 4 weeks ago. And here is the result...roots!
















So now I have 18 new little Rosemary plants to shape into little topiaries, or plant in the wall garden with the mother plant.

















Thank you Mother Plant!

















Perhaps you work in a stressful office, or need a little de-stressing during the day. Here's an idea or two...take a little Rosemary plant to work and just give the leaves a little rub every once in awhile to release their healing power, or add a few drops of Rosemary essential oil to some distilled water in a small mister bottle to brighten your cubicle. Combined with a few drops of lavender essential oil and you will stay calm and clear all day!

Or perhaps you are interested in creating your own Rosemary Topiary...BH&G has a nice tutorial here. 
Better Homes and Gardens























Source Pinterest























This little guy has been repotted and trimmed slightly and is now taking up residence in the kitchen window. Soon he will be trained into a mini ball standard. So cute!





















Have a wonderful day, wherever you are! Thanks for stopping by!

2 comments:

Katie said...

The topiary idea is so cute!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I like to start them now for Christmas gifts!

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...