Down with the elder!

Gale force winds and heavy rain swept the island tonight.

The gusts brought down one of my neighbours’ trees. The loss is not mourned for since it was a huge and old elder (Sambucus nigra). Although the species is technically a shrub, this one was so big that it blocked direct sun on our south-facing garden for a few hours every day.

Also, its black berries fell on our ground and stained everything in the garden. Finally, a fungi attack kept the elder leaking sage in the spring…

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