Saturday, June 27, 2015
My elderberries are flowering and they are glorious. Glorious, I tell you.
They make me so happy.
I learned something important about elderberries this year. They don't like mulch.
I did some research and learned that elderberries have a shallow root system and they like it that way. I figured the mulch was making them very unhappy, so I dug it all up and carted it away to the shady side of the chicken coop. Within two weeks, the yellowing leaves were greening up and I had buds forming. Elderberries saved!
I also noticed a huge bush blooming near the creek in a wilder place on our property. Lily investigated and it looks like in a year or two it will spread out the right direction and we'll be able to reach them from one of our paths.
Finally, after 15 years of trying, I'll have elderberries here. I can taste the jelly already.