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Ribes Sanguineum

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Casa Mariposa 08/05/2013 - 9:40 pm

Beautiful!! What is it?

Sunil 08/05/2013 - 10:27 pm

It’s an ornamental red currant (Ribes Sanguineum?), and it’s having a bit of an “off” year because of the cold spring, it was spectacular last year as the flowers usually appear before the leaves do.

Lilli Day aka bookbabie 08/05/2013 - 9:55 pm

Great colors, I”m having fun hitting up the garden shops again after a long winter here in Michigan!

Sunil 08/05/2013 - 11:10 pm

Thanks, I’ve been trying to keep away from the shops (and failed) as I have a long queue of plants waiting to be planted out from seeds that I sowed last year!

gardeninacity 08/05/2013 - 11:04 pm

I like currants in the garden. Does it have fruit?

Sunil 08/05/2013 - 11:12 pm

Hi Jason, this one doesn’t, it’s ornamental only I’m afraid. It was one of the shrubs that was already here when I started gardening and is a stately size now.

susan maclean 08/05/2013 - 11:15 pm

I keep meaning to get one…. it reminds me of my infant school, there was one right outside of the school gates, and everytime I smell it – I am right back there! And I have room – yes I have room!

Sunil 08/05/2013 - 11:23 pm

Hi Mrs Mac, it was only this year that I thought to smell it and could smell red currants. It’s a shame it doesn’t fruit. If you have the room, I’d go for one, but given this is a one-shot shrub (i.e. it looks incredible for a few weeks in a year, then it’s just dull and green), I’d look to grow something through it that flowers later in the year to keep the interest going.

susan maclean 09/05/2013 - 7:36 am

A small flowered clematis would look good through it, wouldn’t it?

Sunil 09/05/2013 - 3:41 pm

Hi Mrs Mac, yes, it’s up to your taste if you want to go for a small flowered or a “dinner plate” clematis, just make sure it’s reasonably robust. A mature currant shrub can be 2+ metres in height so you’ll want something that grows to around that size.


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