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According to Ma, my grandpapa would walk out of restaurants if the waitress had painted nails - they only painted them to hide the dirt .......... apparently
Who was it wanted cake? Pear and almond cake with streuzel topping ok?
And there's a chicken korma for later
You don't have to fix it down, but once an arbour gets some plants growing over it, it will catch the wind and you'll run the risk of it blowing over, or blowing away leaving a trail of havoc in its wake.
If I were you I'd fix it firmly to the paving - there's one way of doing it shown here http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5023026_build-pergola-concrete-patio.html - but you can ask for advice at a local DIY store - they're usually very helpful.
Think you and I should keep each other company Bill - it's not gardening weather out there - I'll put the kettle on
Lots of info here http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=332 - good training and pruning will help, and a good dose of Sulphate of Potash will encourage flowering and fruiting
It's dropped to just above 9C here and all thought of gardening has been cancelled - a chicken korma is simmering in the slow cooker and I shall be making a tiramisu shortly. I shall then put my feet up and watch rubbish telly - possibly some old Bonanzas, or a Columbo
Never grown one, so this is just a slightly educated guess, but instead of feeding with a balanced NPK fertiliser this spring, I'd give it a good dose of Sulfate of Potash right now and see if that will give it a bit of a kick up the btm
Well, if you're going to keep it you'd better learn a bit more about it http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/apothecary/the-elder-tree - it can be very useful as well as decorative, but watch where you fall asleep on Midsummer's Eve
It's turned really chilly here Brrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
The flowers are good for making cordial and wine, and the berries also make a good red wine if you're into making such things.
However there are some more attractive forms for the garden - http://search.millcreeknursery.ca/11050005/Plant/10051/Golden_Glow_Elder
and http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/sambucus/black-lace-elderberry-sambucus-nigra are two well known ones, which also flower and fruit if you don't cut them hard back every year.
The wild form, which you have, can be a bit of a thug.