Currant Affairs

Ribes sanguineum

(flowering currant or red-flowering currant)

Two weeks ago the buds were tightly closed, yet already such a pretty splash of colour…

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Ten days later the buds started opening at the top of each raceme

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One by one

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From bud to berry – several weeks of pleasure, even if the berries are not of the edible kind. The bees adore these flowers too.

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27 thoughts on “Currant Affairs

  1. There’s something about flowering currants – don’t know what, but they give me the creeps. And I know the bees love them, but I just can’t have them in the garden… are there any plants that you really don’t want to grow?

    • Perhaps the smell puts you off? I don’t like prickly things like Berberitz (which is unfortunately in our front patch) but also hate busy lizzies! (And spiderwort!)

  2. The daily progress: how beautiful and satisfying to go out in the garden and find the oncoming of spring . . . such lovely photos . . .

  3. Ypur currantis a lovely colour, the flowering currants I’ve seen before have never been such a good colour. This time is so special with the garden changing almost from minute to minute. Christina

    • These currants are only decorative – very tiny, seedy and sour. My neighbours have redcurrants though and I often get a bowlful given me!

  4. These are such underrated plants – they have a particular smell that transports me to my childhood home and making mud pies πŸ™‚

    • What a lovely memory – although the smell is perhaps not so nice! I remember using rose petals in my mud pies, so am often taken back to my childhood when smelling roses! πŸ˜‰

    • It is paler when the heat gets to it, but as soon as the weather cools down again it turns deeper pink again – aren’t plants amazing! πŸ˜€

  5. I haven’t seen flowering currants before, but they are very lovely. I don’t like many bees around one bush / flower though. They make me stay away from that flower πŸ™‚

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