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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If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

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