The Cool House: Smells Like a Spa

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Smells Like a Spa

As the thyme had decided that it couldn't survive, let alone thrive, along the flagstone path I had to come up with another solution. I still wanted something that would smell great if you brushed up against it, was hardy enough to tolerate to being trodden on and had a green or grey color. The local nursery had sent us a $10 coupon as an anniversary gift so on Monday I wandered around the new autumn selection looking for something suitable.
I was drawn to this plant, Cumberland Rosemary, by the herbal scent. It's reminiscent of rosemary but has slight eucalyptus note to it. It looks like a softer, more feathery version of the rosemary bush but is supposed to be hardy. They did say it was the first time they'd offered it so it will be an experiment for all of us to see if it makes it through a New York winter but if it's as warm as it was last year it should fine (global warming may have advantages, after all).
Beach car still smells like a spa, (and I only transported three plants two miles) which makes a nice change from wet dog, an advantage I hadn't counted on. We'll see if it likes this sunny spot and forms nice clumps of fragrant green along the path. If not I think I'll have to learn to like the raw earth look!

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