My Little Elderberry Forest

Several years ago I had one elderberry bush pop up by the mailbox. It was most likely carried over the road from Rita’s by a bird – stolen berries passed through its body and planted nearby through its droppings.

Initially I didn’t know what it was. A flower perhaps, I moved it up into one of my front beds so it wouldn’t get mowed into oblivion. Rita eventually identified it for me and advised I move it someplace where it could spread without problems.

I moved it to my herb garden. By the end of that first year in with the herbs, it had multiplied from one to 5+ large bushes. I knew that wasn’t going to work so the following spring I dug it up and moved it over by the tree line. I thought there it could spread endlessly.

Then the following winter I got my shed and that was the best spot for it. So I set to digging out my bushes again, now more than 10 in number. I moved them to my berry garden, where they have become a small elderberry forest.

This spring they are lush with clusters of dainty flowers.

I am torn – to pick flowers or let them go to berry?! There are medicinal uses for both elderberries and elderflowers. I suppose I could do some of both.

Soon I will need to figure out a netting system to keep the birds from stealing all my berries. Though I suppose I should be grateful to that bird thief who brought me my first plant…

One thought on “My Little Elderberry Forest

  1. Isn’t it interesting how Mother Nature spreads her bounty? I’m glad that our birds are “neighbors” and know you will love elderberries in any form just like I do. Checking my patch, about 1/4 of the berries are already eaten – I should have enough, though, for a couple batches of jelly and elderberry syrup.
    Your elderberry patch is lovely!


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