Day 162: black elder

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

Sambucus nigra  f.  porphyrophylla  ‘Eva’

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Eva’

Having been writing only last week on Instagram about a blue rose that, in spite of being lovely, isn’t really blue, it did me the power of good just now to wander into a rain drenched garden and discover that the black elder was living up to its name. Of course, the foliage of Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Eva’ (which I can’t help thinking of as the ‘glue elder’, Sambucus nigra ‘Polyfiller Evo-stick’) is really a fetching shade of deepest burgundy rather than black but, after being rained upon for a good twenty-four hours, this takes on something of a Stygian tone. Perhaps it’s the deeply cut leaves that allow this plant to withstand a thorough soaking without looking in the slightest bit bedraggled – sadly, not a quality it shares with everything in the border. I think I’ve discovered a new measure by which to judge a plant.

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