Thursday, August 27, 2009

Good news for Big Blue.

Blue elderberry, Sambucus caerulea.

The berries on my blue elderberry, Big Blue, are now ripening. This plant is quite spectacular; it grows 3-4 metres tall and spreads like an umbrella. My former next door neighbour would lop off the branches that leaned over the fence. But great news! New neighbours have moved into that house, and they are planties! About Big Blue, they said, Let it grow! I believe they have ambitious plans for their garden. We'll see who can have more things sprawling over the fence.

5 comments:

Becca's Dirt said...

Beautiful elderberry bush and it's loaded. Great to have good neighbors.

Benjamin Vogt said...

Who in their right mind lops off branches of a plant that isn't theirs? My lord! (Let alone a wildlife friendly elderberry!)

Hugh said...

Becca, about the neighbors, yes indeed.

Benjamin, Fussy lady gone. She was a nature-phobe. We didn't quite see eye to eye about things.

Tim said...

Most berries blue seem to be edible. Is this true for the elder? (the flowers seem to be, from a brief web search, but not as much info on the berries themselves)

Hugh said...

These are edible. A favourite of bears, and commonly eaten by interior First Nations.