There are times in life when you choose your garden plants,and other times when your garden plants choose you.I much prefer the latter.These are the plants I often cherish the most and most look forward to using what they have to offer.它还需要很大的压力，必须选择右“植物。So when my best friend brought me back elderberry canes from her trip to Tennessee,我高兴极了。
接骨木是我最喜欢的草药之一。它富含维生素C，能预防cold and flu,所以我用它做了一个酊剂，这是我们家冬天的主食。这就是说，it's also a native berry that gets very little play among the strawberries and blueberries of the world.又小又好吃，elderberry can be used for any number of homemade treats,包括接骨木果酱和糖浆以及接骨木葡萄酒。我们也不能忽视它的花的价值，which can be added to a multitude of handmade novelties: lotion,syrup,jelly,lemonade—doesn't sipping on elderflower lemonade in the heat of summer sound just divine??
我朋友带回了13根美国接骨木品种的藤条：亚当斯，Ranch and Bob Vezch (no-nonsense names for what I've always considered to be a whimsical plant).We will share the planting and tending of these baby elderberries.The canes will eventually grow into large shrubs—often even considered trees—5 to 12 feet tall,但我们的首要任务是让他们扎根。
The rooting process is fairly simple.There are two ways you can go about it: in water or in soil.我们选择土壤是因为在水中生根需要经常换水，and,好，我健忘。
So we gathered a bunch of small pots and a bag of potting soil.
Before sticking each of the canes in the soil,we coated the tips withhoney,which acts as a rooting stimulant to protect the cutting from fungus and disease.
我们把拐杖在土壤中,being sure to bury each one above the bottom nodes of the cane.We planted one cane per small pot,but in the larger pots,我们放了三四根拐杖。
Then we watered our baby elderberries and covered the pots with plastic bags.This creates a greenhouse effect—keeping the plants warm (we'll set them in a cool mudroom) and keeping moisture in.
After that,we wait.It can take six to eight weeks for the canes' root systems to develop,这意味着他们将在春天到来的时候准备在外面种植。The hard part for me will be selecting their final home—I'm always noncommittal when it comes to perennials.我想我有点时间考虑一下。