Ribes white icicle a welcome sight in the early Spring garden
Ribes, the common flowering currant is welcome to the positions which they enjoy in our woodland area. White icicle opens its pendulous pure white blooms in mid March and some years a little earlier, continuing to bloom until late April.
Plant in a sunny or partially shaded position, this is a shrub that is not too fussy regarding soil type other than the requirement for it to be free draining. White icicle received the RHS award of garden merit and is quite a vigorous form and will grow to about six feet. We prune ours in mid Summer every year keeping it to a height of four feet.
This is a great hardy shrub for the Aberdeen area which I would highly recommend. After flowering, white icicle often forms black fruits. Although deciduous it would make a really good hedge.
Ribes King Edward V11 also in the woodland area is positioned at the very top of a steep embankment. This position with the glaring light makes it difficult to view the shrub well.
The red flowers on this one bloom at much the same time as white icicle and of course is just as hardy. King Edward V11 has a more upright habit. I should point out that the recommended time for pruning is said to be just after the flowers have gone over.
The common pale pink form of Sanguineum was in the woodland area when we came to this house twenty six years ago. A few of them got very woody and brittle, dying off a few years back. One of them I cut back to ground level which gave it a new lease of life and looks set to flourish for a few years yet.
Every now and then something different in the garden appears unexpectedly. Last week on looking out the kitchen window at about 7am, I saw an unusual form in the garden pond, I use the term garden pond loosely as its not much bigger than a puddle. In spite of this there are many frogs and birds which appreciate it being there. Well anyway the sight in front of me became clear when I put on my glasses. Two Mallard Ducks bobbing about and almost filling the pond with their size. They stayed around for about an hour before finding their escape route.
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