Through The Seasons: Red-Flowering Currant, Ribes sanguineum

The red-flowering currant, a Northwest-native plant and hummingbird favorite with the Latin name of Ribes sanguineum, not sure of the particular variety but could likely be the commonly sold ‘King Edward VII’, through the seasons at Minerva’s Garden in photos:

Ribes sanguineum, Red-Flowering Currant, in my garden blooming in April, along with hyacinth and narcisus

After the flowers on the red-flowering currant are done, the leaves on the shrub turn green, and it looks pretty unremarkable for the summer.  But this is what happens in the fall:

Red-flowering currant foliage, end of November

Pretty remarkable change, making it a great plant selection for the garden, because it gives two wonderful seasons of interest, and doesn’t require any special watering or fertilizing once it is established. 

 Hope you had a great Thanksgiving–we had company over and had a great time.  Still eating leftovers, which actually I like.  It was sunny today, but we just went through two weeks straight of rain.  Welcome to the Pacific Northwest.  I’ve left the autumn decor up in the house, and will probably switch it out next weekend for the winter holidays.
 
Leave a comment–what’s new in your garden?
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2 Comments

  1. allysgrandma said,

    November 29, 2011 at 2:48 am

    My garden is done! Except for the “walking stick” collard green plant and some kale!

    • minervasgardenwriter said,

      December 2, 2011 at 3:54 am

      All I have left are a bit of tough salad greens that are growing under hoops and two layers of clear plastic. The flowers are all done, with the notable exception of the pretty white flowers on the viburnum, which the hummingbirds are appreciating right now. What is a walking stick collard green–that’s a new one to me.


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