I'm hoping a few of the Elder flowers on the tree across the lane turn into berries and the pigeons leave some for me to make syrup. With the removal of the big tree down the track this is the only large Elder left close to the house and it will be many years before the saplings I bought will flower.
There is smaller tree in the back hedge - another one where the berries are stolen far to quickly. No Elders at all around the meadow which is a shame.
Close up they are not all white as they seem from a distance.
I wrote a whole post about the folklore of Elder Trees HERE back in September last year. I didn't have the Flower Fairies book then so here's the illustration painted so many years ago
And the poem that accompanies the picture
Years ago at the smallholding, where we had many Elders all around the 4 acre meadow, I used to make a bottle of Elderflower Cordial- which is delicious, but after the syrup worked so well to keep colds away last winter that's what I want to do again..