Today is a special day, and not just because it’s the first day of summer or even that it is father’s day… Trouping through the 7 foot grasses, evading the swarms of deer flies, sweat dripping from your face and then you come to it- a mountainous shrub covered with cream colored flowers beckoning you forth with the most alluring aroma … it is the first day of elderflower harvest.
Pinching off the umbrels and delicately setting them into our bags until they formed a mound of sweet floral nectar just begging to be made into a new batch of St Steve’s cordial is more than a sign of the season, it is a sign of life …and just really cool.
Some of these flowers will find their way into a fresh batch of St. Steve's Elderflower Cordial right away. The rest of them will be dried - a beautiful reminder of what's to come - a taste of mid-summer's day in the dead of winter.
We think lace must have been invented because elderflowers are so fleeting...