Monday, May 7, 2012

Red Currant Bush

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The red currant bush next to our townhouse is blooming like crazy this year.  This variety is called 'Red Lake'.  I was worried that the warm Spring we've had so far coupled with the few nights of frost we've had recently would mean death to the clusters of tiny buds but they seem to be developing unscathed.

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The bud clusters look really interesting up close.  I wonder if the flowers pollinate easily without assistance as I haven't seen many bees active yet this spring.

10 comments:

  1. Those flowers look beautiful. I'm growing gooseberries, but they aren't nearly as pretty.

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  2. We just planted currants last year. I am looking forward to the berries!

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  3. Beautiful! I love red currants and would love to grow gooseberries too but they're not alowed in the area where I live (something to do with pine bug).

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  4. Another god reason to be a beekeeper as well as a gardener Thomas. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink :)

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  5. Oops, it should read, "good reason."

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  6. I love currants - they're so flavorful! As for bees, maybe you just need more dandelions. My backyard is like a minefield - I can't hardly walk across it in the middle of the day without stepping on bees.

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  7. Lots of things can pollinate besides bees. Good luck! :o)

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  8. They are beautiful flowers. Mine bloomed like mad, too, but I'd say I have about 50-60% fruit set :-(

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