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And over here, a nice surprise

It was quite a summer. Actually, not quite a summer. Too hot to go outside, construction in the back of the house ... For most of the season, I ventured out only to pick herbs and vegetables and lingered not one extra minute. Which means that the summer of 2012, may it rest in peace, was a disaster - little maintenance and hardly any weeding, to say nothing of no enjoyment! I surrendered early on. So imagine my surprise - a pleasant one, after so much heat, humidity and other unpleasantnesses - to discover this enormous pot of rosemary, which was hiding behind some other potted plants in a far corner.

And over here, a nice surprise

It was quite a summer. Actually, not quite a summer. Too hot to go outside, construction in the back of the house ... For most of the season, I ventured out only to pick herbs and vegetables and lingered not one extra minute. Which means that the summer of 2012, may it rest in peace, was a disaster - little maintenance and hardly any weeding, to say nothing of no enjoyment! I surrendered early on. So imagine my surprise - a pleasant one, after so much heat, humidity and other unpleasantnesses - to discover this enormous pot of rosemary, which was hiding behind some other potted plants in a far corner.

It's perfect. Too bad I don't cook with rosemary much.  But it doesn't matter. I'll enjoy the look and feel of it - the soft needles, the mounded shape, the sheer heft of a plant that came to life, hidden away, over the summer when no one was looking.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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