A little while ago, a friend of mine told me the story of when she was living in London, every morning on the way to work she would run her hand through the front garden hedge of a house on her street and the most incredible scent of rosemary would stay with her all morning.  I remember thinking – a hedge from rosemary – what a brilliant idea.  In our garden, as we we needed something to either plant or build as a sort of ‘fence’ above our metre high sleeper wall – this was the perfect opportunity to create such a hedge.  We’re not quite at the hedge stage yet, but what seems like only months ago we planted tiny rosemary seedlings and they have already grown into sizable shrubs.  It is not going to be long until I can run my hand through our hedge and dream of roast lamb with golden rosemary potatoes.  Mmm.

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13 Comments on Hedging Our Bets

  1. dirtbowls
    March 22, 2013 1:28 pm at 1:28 pm (4 years ago)

    This is such a great idea. We get a lot of rain here, but if I add some sand and perlite for drainage it just might work. Thank you.

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 23, 2013 7:33 am at 7:33 am (4 years ago)

      That’s ok! We have some drainage problems here too but have back filled the sleeper wall with gravel and sand which appears to be the perfect conditions for the rosemary. Good luck with your hedge!

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      • Michelle
        September 3, 2013 1:37 am at 1:37 am (4 years ago)

        Beautiful! What’s the name of the rosemary you planted? I’m thinking of doing something similar on my corner lot. I adore the smell of rosemary, especially on a roasted chicken.

      • brownpaperbelle
        September 7, 2013 7:00 pm at 7:00 pm (4 years ago)

        Hi Michelle – I think it was called ‘blue tuscan’ – some people believe the flavour of this rosemary is too strong for culinary use but I disagree. It’s really fragrant and delicious – especially with roast chicken and veggies!

  2. Rachel @ Skull and Crosstales
    March 22, 2013 4:33 pm at 4:33 pm (4 years ago)

    My parents have used rosemary in a similar way in their garden, using it to edge the flower beds. In the evenings you can smell it in the air, but what I love most is when i take my dog to visit – he ducks in and out of the bushes and comes back smelling amazing!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 24, 2013 7:31 pm at 7:31 pm (4 years ago)

      I think I’ll be coaxing our dog to run through it too! Or maybe steep some in his dog shampoo?? A rosemary smelling dog sounds absolutely divine!

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  3. anecdotalgoat
    March 23, 2013 1:21 am at 1:21 am (4 years ago)

    Here in southern California, I see rosemary hedges used all the time. At first I was surprised to notice it when we moved here, but now I love discovering them and their scent on long walks through our neighborhood!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 24, 2013 7:32 pm at 7:32 pm (4 years ago)

      It has got to be one of the best scents doesn’t it? I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before! The perfect sort of hedge.

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  4. adambarr1106
    March 24, 2013 5:23 am at 5:23 am (4 years ago)

    Rosemary is magnificent; can’t get enough of it. Oddly, it sprang up on the east side of our house here in Florida — behind the air conditioning unit. I would go out and pick what I needed while the air handler whirred and blew. When they unit had to be replaced, the unthinking workmen yanked out the plant to put down a new concrete slab. (Philistines…didn’t they *smell* it?!) So we planted our own in a pot, which is just as good as “wild.” I certainly like the hedge idea…boxwood with flavor….

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 24, 2013 7:58 pm at 7:58 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh no – I can’t believe they ripped it out on you?! Very glad to hear you’ve been able to make use of your pot-grown rosemary – I’d hate to think you were going rosemary-less!

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  5. Green Envy Living
    March 24, 2013 7:29 pm at 7:29 pm (4 years ago)

    I adore Rosemary, I won’t roast chicken without a sprig inside the carcass! A fragrant garden adds a whole other dimension to a garden – wonderful!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 24, 2013 7:59 pm at 7:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Isn’t it the most versatile herb? I’m partial to basil too, but rosemary and meats and potatoes and anything hearty is hard to beat!

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      • Green Envy Living
        March 25, 2013 9:24 am at 9:24 am (4 years ago)

        Ah herbs are just brilliant full stop! Basil is Brill, Coriander cool and Mint is marvellous! I think I’ll stop! Lovely photos!

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