The hedges seem to be particularly bountiful this year, I’m not sure that they are any different or just that Im taking more notice on my daily walk down the road.
Rosa Canina ( commonly known as the dog rose ) the lovely pale pink wild rose is in abundance and just as well as I will be using the hips when they appear in the autumn to make rose hip syrup. My mother has making this for years and it’s always welcome as a natural remedy for the cold as it’s high in vitamin C and psychologically soothing.
The elderflowers are fast coming to an end and I have used them to make gooseberry and elderflower jam and also to make elderflower cordial which will keep me going through the year to serve with sparkling water as a refreshing drink or to use as a syrup for a lemon, elderflower and raspberry cake which I will make with swiss meringue buttercream and will feature in the cake making & decorating class. Honeysuckle its plentiful and smells divine and the blackberry flowers are just starting to appear, I will use these to make blackberry jelly or jam in my Autumn Preserving class.
When I see the blackberries I often think of Seamus Heaney and his wonderful poem Blackberry Picking which I heard him read at the Lyric theatre in Belfast a few years before he died.
By Seamus Heaney