Sunday, 25 May 2014

Elder and Hawthorn

 
As we come to the end of the month of May the May blossom on the Hawthorn is beginning to fade.  The flowers will lose their petals and develop into the little dark red berries known as haws - a great food supply for many birds and small mammals.

 
The flowers are still plentiful in parts of Filnore Woods.
 
But as one set of blossom fades, another appears.  The Elder flowers are now gracing the hedges and woodland undergrowth.

 
These flat sprays of creamy yellow flowers can be picked to make elder flower cordial or left to become the black elderberries which are so good for making wine or elderberry jelly.


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