The Elder Statesman

Elder bushes are now in bloom everywhere around Kineton – the tallest and oldest on the edge of our garden is up to six or seven metres high – time to be chopped back after the nesting season, although I’ve never found many birds take to it. Maybe that’s because the leaves tend to small of old mice nests, but at least the blossom has a rich honey-like scent.

Make the most of it – it’s the last big hedgerow blossom until next year! Down near Stroud/Nailsworth it’s now grown in “orchards” so that the flowers can be easily harvested for the burgeoning cordial industry. Another project for the Getting Kineton Growing campaign?

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