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debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,223
Hi all I am  planning to grow some elderflower bushes this year on my allotment I have been told I need to cross pollinate them so do I need several of the same bush or should I add some Black Lace bushes to mix it up don't want to (aga) doooo the wrong thing? Advice please I really want berries fancy trying my hand at wine making! 

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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,556
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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,563
    if there are wild (green) elder about - as there are in most places - you should be fine.

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  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,223
    Sorry Raisin girl I couldn't resist I also have that in my head on repeat now. Thanks for advice I have ordered a couple of bushes of different types 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,133
    Yes, there's always lots of wild elder about, if things don't go to plan.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,557
    Elderberry wine is very good, but as the berries are high in tannin it takes a few years (3-4) for it to mature.  My last batch of elderberry and damson was in 1979! and we had the last bottle 3-4 yrs ago - it was a bit past it by then tbh.
    Another excellent wine is elderflower and gooseberry sparkling wine - one of the best I've ever made.
    But check the flowers first - mostly they smell good, but sometimes they smell a bit like cat-pee! I've no idea why. The bushes grow everywhere round here
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  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,223
    Thanks RB once my bushes are planted I will look for a recipe
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,557
    Gooseberry and elderflower 'champagne' is really gorgeous.
    Elderberry, damson and plum 'port' too. I made some in 1979 and still have a couple of bottles left!
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  • LauraRoslinLauraRoslin Posts: 496
    I've got an elder hedge in full flower at the moment.  Is it expensive to set up making the wine?
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  • LauraRoslinLauraRoslin Posts: 496
    Just googled and it seems not.  Just need a bucket and some bottles.
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