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rbetts25

I love gardening, particularly wildlife and GYO. I have an addiction when it comes to buying plants. I only wish I could spend more time indulging!

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva' syn. Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Lace', Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'

  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2019
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rbetts25

Elderflower covered in flowers this morning. Looks like we might get some sun today ☀️ at last, shame I’ll be in Leeds all day. Have a great day everyone!

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anges

Morning Richard, they're pretty flowers 🌸🌸🌸

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pelly

Morning Richard 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

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rbetts25

Morning Ange! If I get the time I’m going to make something with some of them! @anges

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rbetts25

Morning Jane! @pelly

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anges

Lovely, I've made Elderflower cordial before which was very popular! ☺ Look forward to seeing what you make 😋

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ladeebug

Beautiful ‼️

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ukgardentags

Fab photo. Would you like us to include it in our email newsletter? 😀

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rbetts25

Yes, that’s ok with me! @ukgardentags

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rbetts25

Love the # Cyndi 😂😂 @cyndi

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rbetts25

Morning everyone 👋 I’m surprised this lovely #sambucus has flowered this year after I cut it back quite hard this spring, no complaints though! Have a great day.

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pelly

Morning Richard, it obviously enjoyed it’s haircut 🌸🙋‍♀️

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flof1952

Morning Richard. Such a pretty flower ...enjoy your day 👋😊👍

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jpea

Morning Richard, I did the same to my elder too and have a few flower heads but they've yet to actually bloom, looks wonderful 👏👏

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rbetts25

They crept up on me this year, I hadn’t even noticed the buds until it flowered. @jpea

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gardengimp

They’re one of my favourite smells in the garden @rbetts25 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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rbetts25

Lovely smell. The question is whether to harvest now or wait for the berry....

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LavenderPath

Is that sambucus black lace? I have just purchased this and was quite excited to learn that you can use the flowers to make elder flower cordial. I would alternate wait for the berry this year, apparently you have to be quick otherwise the birds will have them all. Then next harvest the flowers.

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Denise16

I can vouch for that @LavenderPath the berries lasted 3 days tops last year on mine 😊

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rbetts25

Yes @LavenderPath it's black lace. I really want to try the cordial as I've heard it will make it pink. I'll let the birds have some of the berries (or maybe they'll let me!)

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vjsummers

This is exciting - I didn't know you could use this for cordial too! Didn't think it was edible.

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rbetts25

Yes @vjsummers I've heard that it tastes better than common elder, so fingers crossed.

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bramblepie

Let us know how you get on. I've just made some regular elderflower cordial so I can have a go at making elderflower ice cream, nom nom 😋

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rbetts25

@bramblepie will do. Ice cream sounds awesome!

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bramblepie

I know 🙌 yay!

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