If your idea of a Flowering Currant is the ubiquitous Ribes sanguineum which is to be seen in nearly every suburban garden along with Forsythia, then you may be surprised at this lovely Ribes. I am not knocking the commonly seen Flowering Currant, I think it is a welcome sign of spring. I don’t even mind the smell which many people object to; it takes me straight back to my childhood.
I have to say though, I much prefer Ribes laurifolium. It starts flowering much earlier than the pink one. it has a very light fragrance, and what makes it a winner in my eyes are the creamy green flowers. I can never resist green flowers. It doesn’t grow more than about a metre high but it grows outwards to make a reasonable sized shrub. Wherever the branches rest on the ground it roots itself so you always have bits to give away to friends. The leaves as the name suggest look a bit like small laurel leaves but they are not so tough or so shiny.
If you want berries you have to get a male and a female form of the shrub or else the Hermaphrodite: ‘Rosemoor form’. I have never particularly noticed the berries so I have not bothered to do this. ‘Amy Doncaster’ is supposed to be a particularly good form and more floriferous but I can’t see much difference between any of them.
In a future post I will write about a few other Ribes that I grow but now I want to give you a quick update on my Narcissus minor”Cedric Morris’ that I wrote a post about on 6th January when it first started to bloom .
Here they are, the same flowers now that I showed you in January still going strong. I cannot think of any other Narcissus which blooms as long as this. Sometimes it is in flower for Christmas, but it is always there by the beginning of January. It is quite difficult to find but well worth seeking out.
Finally, you’ve probably noticed that I have changed my header at last. My son has being telling me for ages to get rid of the photo of the manky primroses. In my defence, I have to say that I put up that photo in the early days of my blog and I wasn’t wearing my specs at the time. I didn’t realise the primroses had nasty spots on them. Anyway I was talking mainly to myself at the time so it didn’t really matter. But now for you kind people who follow me despite the mouldy primroses I have decided I really should put up something more appealing as a header. I was sick of the sight of it myself.
I thought it would be really complicated changing the header or I would have done it ages ago. Actually it is really easy. So from now on I shall be changing it all the time as the seasons go on. Unless my lovely son will take a photo of the garden for me that is so wonderful I will never want to change it. (A gentle hint but probably falling on deaf ears as he has better things to do than read his mother’s blog.)