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Ribes Sanguineum White Icicle — 31 Comments

  1. Oh Alistair, the image of those ducks in your little pond–well clearly it IS a pond. How I wish they would settle there and you might have ducklings later.

    The white currant is spectacular. I grow the native Oregon one, likely the common one you have, so early and pretty and adaptable and easily grown from cuttings. Even with our late wintery weather they are starting to bloom.

  2. What a wonderful visit from the Ducks! Does this happen often? I LOVE ducks, but unfortunately living in our high walled society as we do here in SA, ducks are unlikely to ever just waddle into my garden. Suck lovely photographs Alistair, thanks for sharing with us.

  3. Those mallards must have thought they had found their own personal pond! Great photos, and what a fun surprise! The ribes sanguinium is very beautiful. I haven’t seen one here.

  4. Hi Alistair, i am always thrilled to see different plants in your posts, which of course i haven’t seen yet in person. As i said in my post, i used temperate flowers of Sweden and Strasbourg to post because i am already bored with our own, haha! That white and pink forms are so beautiful. We don’t have many plants which mostly show flowers without leaves, except for bougainvillea during the dry season and the Mussaenda.

  5. I have no Ribes in my garden, and I am wondering how I missed this wonderful shrub. I had to stop in the middle of your post and do a Google search to see if ‘White Icicle’ is hardy here, which apparently it is. I am on a mission.

  6. Your white Ribes looks so impressive – mine died and I know exactly why as the ground was too wet……….I’ve even killed the common red type in my garden – drainage is so important with these shrubs.

    I had to laugh when I saw your pond visitors only they don’t half leave a mess in the water – just watch you don’t have the back door open as they’ll be in the house next………..I speak from experience!

  7. Aw Jane, what a spoil sport, I wasn’t going to let on. Well to be quite honest I forgot, are you sure it doesn’t smell a bit like cat pee.

  8. I ‘accidently’ inhaled our white ribe yesterday (long story, won’t bore you!) and it didn’t smell to sweet I tell yer…more the scent of week old socks. I guess such a cracker has to have a downside. How lovely to have ducks appear in your garden too.
    Have a groovy week x

  9. Loving the ribes, I had planned to get one last year but the man at the plant nursery wasn’t very enthusiastic about it and I ended up with a hydrangea instead. Looking at your photos I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t stick to my guns. Loving the picture of the ducks. Just put a small pond in my own garden. Would love to see that in my own garden.

  10. Lovely Ribes…our wild ones don’t quite resemble the beauty of yours…I usually have a pair of mallards visit yearly in the pond and garden…my small pond won’t do for nesting but they like to take a travel break….so cute those 2 in your garden.

  11. Gorgeous flowers. How fun to have ducks find your pond! I wonder if they’ll stay and have a family there. They’re a nice looking couple.

  12. That ribes is splendid! I have seen other ribes before, but not any with pendulous flower panicles like that. Just lovely.

  13. Hello Lona, although each flower on the Ribes is smaller there is a similarity to the Wisteria. Maybe we should start calling it the poor mans Wisteria. Yes maybe they did think the plastic thing was one of its ducklings.

  14. Hi Alistair. I have never seen a Ribes Sanguinium before. I love the white blooms that reminds me of wisteria bloom. It is just lovely. Great shots of your visitors. They might have came in to check out the yellow duck. LOL! Have a wonderful weekend.

  15. The flowers remind me of wisteria – the white is striking, lighting up the corner. The plant seems better behaved though in that it’s not strangling everything in its reach.
    I bet those ducks will be back, they probably just went away to tell the others.

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