Rosemary is one of the flowers that traditionally make up a Marian garden. According to one source, the others include:
CHRISTMAS ROSE, SNOWDROP, LILY OF THE VALLEY, ROSES , LILIES, FLEUR-DE-LIS, JUNIPER, GERMANDER SPEEDWELL, VIOLET, ROSE OF JERICHO, ENGLISH MARIGOLD, CUCKOO FLOWER, CARNATION, and SEA-PINK.
I have referenced these in past posts; some of which are highlighted in red above. A more extensive Marian Garden explanation is offered here.
'The Rosemary plant is appropriate to mention in late December because it is associated with the Christmas season.
You often find Rosemary sold as a plant and in decorative holiday sprays this time of year but, often the symbolic reason why it is festively featured (not only because it is tasty) has been lost in today's popular culture.
The Flight Into Eygpt
According to legend "The rosemary bush gave shelter to the Holy Family during the flight into Egypt. It is told that Mary hung the linens of the Holy Child on the rosemary bush to dry, and afterwards it became aromatic and evergreen, with little blue flowers springing up from its branches." more
"It has also been noted that the apocryphal Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, Chapter 20, has a story that during their flight into Egypt, Mary sits beneath a palm tree and desires its dates, but is unable to reach them. Joseph is unable to climb the tree, but when Jesus intervenes, the tree bows down to give Mary the fruit."
The Snow Lay on the Ground
Yesterday, we had our first large snowfall, totaling about 12 inches in some parts.Before it covered the ground completely, I hastily cut off the remaining sprigs from my garden herbs to save for seasoning winter dishes.
Some of my hardier herbs survive the onslaught of early winter frosts and continue growing until the snow covers them. After that, they go dormant. Most will shoot up again next spring. Below are snowfall before and after photos.
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