Monthly black list

Sambucus nigra Black LaceA snazzy cultivar of the black elder.  Since I last looked it has aquired a new name, possibly lifted from a dusty cabinet at the back entrance to the British Museum.  Unspellable for any but a serious spelling bee, certainly unpronouncable.  I’m sticking to Sambucus nigra Black Lace. It looks great planted with Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster –  tall spear like grass just throwing fresh foliage growth right now and Geranium psilostemon for airy magenta grace.

Challenge for the weekend:  elderflower cordial from this plant.  Finite quantity of flowers which is good.