If Hawthorn is the flower of May, then the Elder is most certainly the flower of June. It’s clusters of creamy white flowers can be seen in the hedgerows and the fields all over the countryside in early June.
The Elder is a valuable shrub for attracting wildlife into the garden. It’s highly scented flowers attract butterflies, bees and other insects in summer, and the dark red/black berries provide food for birds in the autumn. Both the flowers and the berries can be used in the kitchen and today we’re going to learn how to make an Elderflower Cordial, which is a deliciously refreshing drink on a warm summer’s day.