I have been intending on putting in some Elderberry plants although not for the berry but for the flower heads. What on earth for you might ask? Well I shall explain. In the evening just before supper we often enjoy an aperitif, mine being a single malt scotch and MeMa often has St-Germain, straight or added to a nice glass of champagne. Ahhhh the explanation begins. St-Germain is produced by fermenting the flower heads of the elderberry in unflavored Vodka. The last time I purchased a bottle for the liquor cabinet I paid just over forty dollars....ouch! So off to the nursery around the corner I went in search of Elderberry plants. I have been a regular fixture at the nursery for the last 36 years so when I walk through the door the first half hour is spent talking shop with the employees and the conversation usually ends with them asking what I was looking for today. "Elderberry" I say and am soon directed to an import from England, Sambucus nigra 'Gerda', Black Beauty. It has very dark burgundy foliage and pink flowers, a perfect contrast, as the planting bed it is destined for is filled with green. So its almost time to get those fermenting jars out MeMa, cocktail hour approacheth.
|Sambucus nigra 'Gerda' Black Beauty|