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…


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


One by one


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


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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