Tuesday, 22 May 2012

May Blossom and Elderflowers

Yesterday it was sunny enough for me to take my camera out, while I walked the dog.

I have a very basic camera, so the photos are not great,  but I  still wanted to share the beautiful May with you, and take the opportunity to show Elderflowers to my readers who may not know them!

You can find my recipe for Elderflower cordial here, and the recipe for Elderflower cakes here.

Elderflowers, I need about 30 of these to make
a batch of Elderflower Cordial

The May blossom is stunning

So many of the trees look beautiful
I can imagine Anne (of Green Gables) just adoring them!

The blossom is  everywhere

On both  trees and bushes

The buttercups were pleased to see the sunshine

The elderflowers were far  more difficult to see

Nestled up high in the branches

I'm going to need something, or someone, to help me
gather the elderberries when I go foraging!

They are so very pretty and delicate

If you can't find local elderflowers, then I suggest
you buy some cordial, the taste and smell will take
you straight to an English summer meadow,
and you will still be able to bake Elderflower cakes.


  1. The Dawn Patroller earlier today told me something I had not quite grasped. You know the saying, "Ne'er cast a clout till May is out." I had always thought till the end of May, but it is the May blossom being out, which is different in each part of the British Isles. So you can take your vest off, but I still cannot!
    Lovely pictures. Elderberry/flowers are rare up here. Years ago in Yorkshire we made Elderflower champagne, I still remember the hangover.

  2. I have meant to make elderflower cordial for the past two years. this is the year - I can feel it in my bones! The blossom is lovely. My granny always used to say that it was unlucky to bring it in the house though.

  3. So beautiful, dear Jude...
    I love St. Germain...have you tasted it? I'm sure your homemade one is even more delicious, but at least I have an idea of Elderflower, and I love it!
    Glorious nature...
    - Irina

  4. Your photographs illustrate the flowers beautifully...
    I am eagerly awaiting elderflower for my annual batch of elderflower pop!
    may also try cordial this year,
    my first visit to your blog... thankyou...

  5. hey jude;)

    a new blog? I didn't know you had another blog home too. Lovely pictures - makes me really wish I was out of London!