Wildlife Wednesday – A slice of life at the Marjoram Cafe

I have Sweet Marjoram growing in several places in the garden and I am particularly fond of its golden form: Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’, which looks good for months on end. It glows cheerfully from the time it pushes out the years new shoots until mid-summer, when it bursts into puffs of pale pink flowers. It then becomes a veritable bee magnet. In fact our marjoram mounds have been smothered in both honey bees and Gatekeeper butterflies for the last few weeks.

Today, while I was picking beans, I noticed how many other kinds of pollinators it attracts. I missed getting photos of a wasp and a mint moth (marjoram is part of the mint family), but here are some (admittedly anthropomorphised) characters I spotted in the time it took to pick the beans:

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The regulars … Honey bees

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The dandies and flashy types …

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The hirsute giants …

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Their small, but perfectly formed cousins …

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The tired and worn-down characters, supping their drinks so slowly …

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The hidden predators …

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The thugs …

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And back to the darlings of the neighbourhood

Joining Tina@mygardenersays for Wildlife Wednesday

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11 Responses to Wildlife Wednesday – A slice of life at the Marjoram Cafe

  1. Tina says:

    These are beautiful photos, Allison, and I loved your descriptions of the garden visitors. 🙂 I think pollinators really have a thing for plants that we consider as herbs. I grow several and they always have a great variety of pollinators working the blooms.

  2. Pazlo says:

    A lovely post, and quite a crowd!

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice to see so many pollinators – yours must be one of the best cafes in town!

  4. I haven’t grown Sweet Marjoram in years. Thanks for jogging my memory and thanks for sharing!

  5. shoreacres says:

    What a lovely sequence, and what a variety. Sweet marjoram was new to me; I see it’s described as a milder oregano. I do use marjoram as a spice, but now I’m wondering if marjoram and sweet marjoram are different. Interesting.

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