Rosemary's Winter Fragrance from Garden Flowers of January



Yet, even at this time of the year, the garden is not absolutely forsaken of leaves and blossoms, for God has given us winter flowers, and, like those cheering hopes of future joy, which spring up in the heart at the bidding of our heavenly Father, during the season of gloom, they smile even on darkest days, and give assurance of fulness and beauty, such as we should deem impossible if we looked only on the present appearances of earth and sky. The buds gradually increase in number, and grow larger on the branches of the trees. The evergreens, with their many dark green leaves, or with their lighter hue, like the laurel, reflect, on their shining surfaces, the noonday sunbeams, and the lauriistinus and the rosemary bring their flowers to form the winter nosegay.
There is a sweet fragrance in the rosemary. So thought our forefathers when they used it at table, and infused it in their ale. George Herbert considered it a good addition to cookery, for while he says that the country parson should be well skilled in the knowledge ol plants, he recommends this and other herbs. "As for spices," says he, " the parson doth not only prefer this and other homebred things before them, but condemns them for vanities, and so shuts them out of his family, esteeming that there is no spice comparable for herbs, to rosemary, thyme, savory, and mint; and for seeds, to fennel and carraway seeds." The troubadours, too, prized the winter fragrance of the rosemary, and regarded both this flower and the violet as emblems of constancy. In many parts of Germany it is still grown in large pots, that small sprigs of it may be sold during winter and the commencement of spring, as it is used there for some religious ceremonies.