The Wonder of Wild Marjoram

There is just one clump of wild Marjoram here and it is a honeypot for butterflies and other insects. At this time of the year, when it is in flower, a billow of butterflies goes up into the air on your approach. Wait awhile and they return. Here are some of the visitors it had just in one session of standing there:

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Brown Argus
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Gatekeeper
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Common Blue
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Three Common Blues
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Meadow Brown
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Meadow Brown and Common Blue

And also things other than butterflies:

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6 Spot Burnet Moth
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Buff Tailed Bumble Bee
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Seven Spot Ladybird

So it is all a bit of a wonder and I think that every garden should have a clump. This wild Marjoram, Origanum vulgare, is from the same family but has slightly less strong flavour than the Mediterranean herb Sweet Marjoram, Origanum majorana. However, the wild one is fully hardy to British weather in the way that Sweet Marjoram isn’t and can still be used in the same way for culinary uses.

It is also a beautiful cottage garden plant with the most lovely purple flowers and tip top wildlife credentials. Here is the one in the meadow:

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I will be looking at ways to get more of this herb in the meadows for next year.

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