These pretty sprays of frothy flowers from the Common Elder -Sambucus nigra – are everywhere at the moment, brightening up gardens, paths and hedgerows. It is yet another plant I used to walk or drive past on my way to somewhere. Now, I stop and admire (and photograph) the flowers whenever I see them. This spray comes from one of the local hedgerows.

8 thoughts on “Elderflowers

    1. Thank you Hallysann. I took quite a few shots before deciding on this photo. The contrast between the creamy-white petals and the creamy-yellow stamens showed up best here.

      Edit: That should be creamy-yellow anthers not stamens!


    1. Thanks Sandy. Yes, the Elderberry wines and cordial are derived from the flowers of this particular European species of elder – Sambucus nigra. I read, however, that other parts of the Elder are toxic, such as the leaves and bark.


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