Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Currant Affairs

It's okay, I'm not going all political.
It's only a Flowering Currant.

This is Ribes sanguineum, a deciduous shrub, native to North America. It was discovered by botanist David Douglas in 1825. Unfortunately, he met a grisly end on one of his expeditions, but as this is not Horrible Histories, I will not give the gory details here.

My particular plants were not planted by me, Nature planted them. Have you noticed she seems to do more planting than I do ? Well she's so good at it, that I let her get on with it. This one is not a particularly brilliant colour, but the bees love it, so it keeps its place in the garden.

I have four birdbaths scattered around the garden. This is not one of them. Perhaps I should have put a 'No Bathing' notice up. Still, this rather pregnant Blackbird seems to be quite happy.

The blue tits don't appear to have ordered the removal van just yet. Unless they moved in while I was not looking, a sort of moonlight flit in reverse. They still keep popping into the box though, so they've not abandoned it.

And finally, a peony-flowered Tulip, blooming in March. I've never had tulips in March before.


  1. That is a gorgeous tulip. I left mine in the ground from last spring. They are blooming but on really short stems. I'm sure the birds appreciate the bath water since it is so dry there.

  2. Lovely plants and beautiful tulip. I should try them as we cannot grow peonies here.

  3. You are definitely right about the tulips flowering early - this warm spell has encouraged them I think - still beautiful whenever they flower.

  4. Ptaszek ma radość z kąpieli. Kwiaty porzeczki są bardzo ładne . Pozdrawiam.*** A bird has fun in the water. Currant flowers are very nice. Yours.

  5. Its good to see the birds enjoying themselves! And great peony tulip, really impressive flower.

  6. Pretty. Love that gorgeous tulip! Spring is certainly early this year! Love the bathing bird!

  7. That currant is beautiful! How wonderful of Nature to have given you one of our plants. You may not see that little trough as a birdbath but the bird sure does! :o)