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July 12, 2012


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Loved reading this post Lucy. The roses are gorgeous. We have bush roses in our garden and cut them back every autumn so the next year they come back stronger and bloom better too. They tend to look after themselves, just cut the deadheads and then they will keep blooming. The only thing I will say is the rain ruins the heads. We feed them when we water the garden.


Dear Lucy,
as you can see on the link below in Slovenia we prepare this sirup almost one month ago.
So we don't have them anymore.
I enjoy reading your blog, you are workoholik with crochet. And in goog way.


Bet it tastes lovely added to a lil G&T!!! *ONLY* way to drink elderflower cordial!!

Kim Watson

Beautiful pictures, the cordial looks lovely. I have a question though, umm, what exactly IS cordial? Ok two questions: do you have any ideal where I might find such vibrant yarn colors in the US?

Pom Pom

It looks so elegant and special! Thank you for sharing with us!


Yum, my fav summertime drink, funny to see elderflower still on the hedgerows, its usually gone by now.
Yours looks so good...enjoy :)
Karen x


Ooh, yummy. I made some too, but ours is all drunk already - every year I think I should make more, but never do!

Doesn't it just make your fridge smell delicious while it's stewing away?

angela-southern USA

Sounds de-lish!Wish we could swap weather for a while,we're roasting and it's soo dry.The rose is beautiful,with your mild climate I'd say you could plant one now and it'd do fine,be sure to keep it watered.Teasing us with your ripple again I see ;)Looking forward to the TA-DaH!Wishing you sunny days :)

Carmen García González

Beautiful colors, beatiful flowers, beautiful and unusual spider. Thanks Lucy, i wish a sunny summer for you and rain for me :)


I love love love Elderflower Cordial - we had Sparkling Elderflower as the Toast at our wedding. I love making it too - we still have some left from last year!


Homemade is far nicer than shop bought- I've got last drop in my fridge of a batch Mum made. She collects plastic bottles - small sized water/coke - and freezes it really to give out to family and friends. Thus year's was the best batch ever, I wonder if the flavour was due to the early sun and then hideous amounts of rain this year?

Barbara in Alaska

I love this post! I love homemade...and I am laughing a bit thinking of Anne of Green Gables and her experience with cordial...haha Thank you!

Lisa G.

I tend to think of a cordial as a drink with alcohol, but this doesn't seem like it. It sounds quite good!

You can plant roses in the fall, especially in your milder climate (milder than New England, I mean). Not too late. And try to get a hardier rose, rather than a hybrid tea or something. The people at the nursery could advise you. Good luck! Roses like lots of sun and lots of water, but once they're established they can put up with a bit of deprivation.


I really want to make some cordial now! the spider is a cucumber spider by the way,I love the name!


How delicious. Definitely on my to do list. Am I too late though?

Love mr lime spider too. He's a beauty.


Not sure about England, but here in California, planting bare root roses is in winter time (like January). Might be different in Yorkshire since you are so much colder.

Sandra Licher

That spider was SO cute and I usually don't say that about spiders but he/she was cute! You took a great picture of it too because I could even see it's little tiny eyes. I have never seen a spider that color before. Do you think you could have uncovered a new species henceforth unknown to the world? Wouldn't that be something!
Your cordial looks delightfully refreshing and what a thrill to go out in nature, gather something you didn't have to plant or care for and come home and make something scrumptious from it! You go Girl!
I don't think we have elderflowers in AR but I will ask. If we do I will be out there gathering very soon!

Little White Dove

Over here in Australia it's best to plant roses in Winter when they are dormant (less shock to them).

Bonus is they are also cheaper to buy then as you can get them bare rooted - this means they wrap the roots up in plastic filled with bark/moss stuff (not sure what this is but it's not soil) and you get a couple of short sticks of growth sticking out(just sticks not leaves of course as it's winter). They are about a third of the price of buying in pots.

Lovely inspirational blog BTW. I read often but comment rarely.

Shirley Flavell

What a beautiful looking flower Lucy, the cordial sounds lovely.I haven't seen that here in N.Z. although I believe we have it.My pommy husband knows it well!! Roses, here in N.Z.we plant them in June which is our winter (actually still can do it now) prune when frosts have finished (August) feed, spray and wait for lovely blooms.Enjoying your posts. Would love to go to Provence. France has long been on my bucket list. You always sound so happy. Kind Regards Shirley


Beautiful post. I had heard of elderflower, but didn't know what they were or looked like. Sounds just as yummy as the pictures. Beautiful blog.

Just Cats

Hi Lucy: What a pretty blog you have. I'm from Ontario Canada and found you through Madelief. I'm your new follower. Deb

Kay G.

Dear Lucy,
This has to taste good,it looks so good!


Your blog is always an education! First Pimms, now elderflower cordial. Thanks for the beauty and the good information;)

Anita Koller


My husband did this once...he took a 12 inch cut from a rose plant, placed it in the ground (in the Fall). Placed it inches into the ground, covered it with a jar and then covered it with leaves and made sure it stayed cover in leaves. In the spring the cut had taken root. Tada! A rose plant was born...

A rose plant can be planted in the Spring months, but a rose cut should be started in the Fall.

Anita from Missouri, USA

Anita Koller

I'm sorry...I meant to say he placed it 6inches into the ground. Also...my husband said that a rooted rose plant should be planted very early spring or in the fall...:)

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