How do you get rosemary to bloom?

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Judy, in your January 14th post you mentioned your rosemary blooming. How long does it take for a rosemary plant to bloom? How do you keep it happy in the winter? I bought mine this past spring from Lowe’s. It was in a 3″ pot. This winter it is just eking along, putting out rather leggy growth, but certainly not blooming. Do rosemaries need to get a certain age, or a certain size before they bloom? Is it the amount of light?

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In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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