So, as our friends next door have said, when we arrive home at night, and we get out of our car,
The local birds and lizards and squirrels and bunnies leave the verbena, lavender and rosemary alone;
After two months of living in our new place, then, we realize our patio-herbs will be limited...
...and up close, almost otherworldly...a 'land anemone'...(?)
...I finally looked up the word "firkin:"
Etymology: Middle English, ultimately from Middle Dutch veerdel fourth, from veer four; akin to Old English fēower
Date: 14th century
1 : a small wooden vessel or cask 2 : any of various British units of capacity usually equal to 1⁄4 barrel --http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firkin
Now I know.