Down with the elder!

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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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