Rosemary for Remembrance

Submitted by Christi

Shakespeare said, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember.” The saying “rosemary for remembrance” is obviously taken from this quote, but interestingly enough, science shows us that rosemary and memory do have a connection. Several studies show that rosemary actually stimulates memory and may preserve some cognitive function. Who knew?

I love rosemary. One of the things I found fascinating in New Orleans is the number of people who use rosemary as an ornamental shrub. Maybe, they use it to snip for culinary uses as well. I hope so. I have actually been known to snip a bit off some of these shrubs as I’m out for a walk (don’t tell anybody).



My own pot of rosemary is pretty sad. I think it is actually a creeping rosemary rather than the upright plant I thought I was getting.


Well, as luck would have it, rosemary is easy to propagate so I decided to add a little upright rosemary to my already creeping pot.

I snipped a bit of rosemary from an upright shrub, removed the leaves (or needles) from the lower 2/3 and put them in a small vase of water. This is the way I usually try propagating everything at first because it is so easy. It doesn’t work for everything, but actually is pretty reliable on a lot of plants (at least the things I propagate). You can also put the cut stem in a rooting hormone and plant it in potting medium and cover until new growth appears. I may have rooting hormone around here somewhere – I think.

Here is the pot with the creeping rosemary and my newly rooted shoots. Hopefully, they will grow in harmony with the creeping rosemary and fill up the pot. I’ve got some more rooting in my kitchen window to add as well – can never get enough of a good thing.


My Grandmother, Johnnie Lloyd

My Grandmother

I learned to propagate plants this way from my grandmother, who was always snipping cuttings. At one time, she lived on a farm and I think she could grow anything. I will have this rosemary in remembrance of her.

Another Happy Anniversary

Submitted by Christi

Another year, another wedding anniversary. This one makes 18 years! It is fun to reflect back on the years – the good times and bad. When I look through my wedding album, I enjoy seeing pictures of friends and remembering those that have passed.

This year, we stayed home and had a quiet dinner together. In a city like New Orleans, there are so many wonderful places to choose from, but we love cooking, and it was quite lovely. I set the table with my pretty Spode dishes. Now that I am writing this, I’m wondering why I didn’t think to use our wedding china! Oh well, I’ll do that soon.

Anniversary Dinner




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anniversary dinner

Here is a throwback pic of the happy occasion.

The happy couple

The happy couple

I love the advice I was given by my parents about marriage: It is important to love who you marry, but commitment is even more important. It doesn’t sound very romantic, but it is true that year after year in marriage, there will be times when you don’t feel as much “in love” as other times. It is these times that commitment takes you through. Just thought I’d pass that along 🙂

Happy Day to you!

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