My first memory is of standing on my mother’s knees as she knelt to dry me after my bath. I would have been two – which could just squeeze the event into 1957 – or maybe three. But in truth I can only just own the 1950s as my first firm memories are of a family holiday in the summer of 1959 at Budleigh Salterton in Devon. However, I suspect that in the couple of years in between not much changed in the average British back garden.
As Ophelia said in Hamlet, ‘There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.’ And today, of all the days of the year, no plant is more appropriate. As one of the very few evergreens in a northern winter, rosemary has always been revered as a special plant in Christian mythology. As well as traditionally carried at funerals as a symbol of eternal life, brides had a sprig in their wedding bouquet, and it was grown by the front doors of houses to keep away evil spirits.
For the past 25 years I have used Salvia guaranitica ‘Blue Enigma’ as a mainstay of our Jewel Garden, where its violet flowers are central to the late summer display. In fact, I am using the wrong tense. It used to be central, but for the past few years it has hardly performed at all, growing perfectly strongly but sullenly refusing to produce flowers save for the odd reluctant bloom late in the season.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".