Herbs, A Robin And Some Flak


A few weeks back I was pondering the question of how to deal with the area underneath the bird table.

Nothing I put there grew successfully, thanks to the pitter patter of little (and not so little) birdy feet and the constant pecking at tasty morsels falling from on high. Your suggestions were brilliant, as ever, mostly along the twin themes of low growing herby plants and stones. I decided to go for a combination of both.


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Hucknall was on hand to help.

Especially around elevenses when his little tummy was starting to rumble.


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Thyme ‘Silver Posie’


I’ve planted two types of variegated thyme.

Camomile ‘Treneague’ x 2

And Marjoram, which has many pink flowers in summer, attractive to butterflies and bees.


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Origanum vulgare ‘Compactum’


It turned out to be a bigger job than I’d bargained for. Aren’t they all. An inch down, the area was filled almost entirely with large stones, which I had to lever out with a garden fork before I could do any planting. Was feeling rather chuffed after all that effort as most of them I’ve actually reused in the rockery.

So how was I supposed to know I was “undermining” Mike’s edging to the path?

Persona non grata. Again.


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The stones should provide a bit of protection and anchorage for the herbs*.

And if one plant fails to thrive I can just whip it out and try something else. Hopefully the look will soften as they start to spread.


* For decorative purposes only, needless to say!