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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteryduck View Post
    Reading this thread gives me an idea. I’m guessing elderflower is a plant you forage rather than grow in your garden? In which case, would sewing a few seeds here and there (like the birds do) be out of the question / legal? Maybe in a park, a woodland, or next to a derelict building? Then you wouldn’t have to be sad..
    No need to sow seeds - elderflower is a bit like willow for propagation - just cut a few shoots off in the winter, stick them in the ground, and 90+% of them will grow - pity it isn't better suited to be a hedge plant.
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    yes i spied the 1st few flowers on some here yesterday ,next weekend ill start looking too ,morning is ment to be the best time to collect the flowers not sure why tho ,remember its 50 heads for 5 gallons ,gl out there ,cheers
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    Elder is one of my "weeds". Its sneaky, suddenly springs up and before you know it, its 6' high, like the one I spotted yesterday. It has to go.
    Hate the smell of the leaves.
    Somebody, ? Bob Flowerbutt, said you could munch the flowerheads on the stalk and it was like lemonade. (May have got that wrong!) EDIT DON'T DO IT - MAY BE POISONOUS!!
    Anyway, I have done that but the earwig stopped me trying it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the big lebowski View Post
    yes i spied the 1st few flowers on some here yesterday ,next weekend ill start looking too ,morning is ment to be the best time to collect the flowers not sure why tho ,remember its 50 heads for 5 gallons ,gl out there ,cheers
    Cooler overnight temperature should increase sugar content. Later in the day the sugar is turned to carbohydrate... i think!

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    Just found this....
    "Pick the elderflower heads on a warm afternoon, when the sun has been on them for a good few hours and their scent is mild and musty-they shouldn’t be damp"
    How to make sparkling elderflower wine - Country Life

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    "Pick the flowers in full sun for best results"
    https://delishably.com/beverages/How...ower-Champagne
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    There just in bud stage here we do have one tree that seems to flower first and that’s just started opening now but it’s too close to a busy road, I’m making elderflower gin instead of champagne as I’m always afraid of making botttle bombs!

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    I made some elderflower cordial over the last few days for the first time, let's just say I need to have another go as it was not that strong, maybe pick the flowers first thing in the morning and not in the evening

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillithyme View Post
    I made some elderflower cordial over the last few days for the first time, let's just say I need to have another go as it was not that strong, maybe pick the flowers first thing in the morning and not in the evening
    Iíve found that when Iíve picked them before they seem st there most fragrant in a morning my mum (who home brews much more then me) said itís because the bees have had less time to take it! Iím not convinced she wasnít pulling my leg tho!

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