|scentsational bloom and good looking foliage|
Today is the day to visit my garden! Ribes odoratum is in bloom and the clove scent is wafting about the garden. When you catch its delicious scent you'll wonder why the taxonomist dropped odoratum for aureum. Seriously, the flowers are indeed a lovely golden (aureum) color, but, this plant is ALL about that clove scent. You don't have to press your face into these flowers to notice it at all.
|The lobed leaves and the reddish stems are also part of the ribes package.|
|Clove Currant has good wildlife value|
Honestly, I grow it for the scent, but, the songbirds would thank me if I could insure fruit set. It's a favorite food of the American Robin, Eastern Bluebird, Brown Thrasher, Cardinal, Cedar Waxwing, Chickadee, Gray Catbird, Red-eyed Vireo and Wood Thrush. It's also a food source for chipmunks and squirrels!
|you'll understand that I will continue to think of Clove Currant as Ribes odoratum and not Ribes aureum|
It's native to the central United States and parts of Canada, Hardiness Zone4. The only fly in the otherwise good ointment: Ribes species can serve as an intermediate host for the White Pine Blister Rust fungus. There are cultivars that are resistant to the fungus~Look for 'Consort', 'Coronet', 'Crandall', 'Crusader', 'Lowes Auslese', 'Polar', 'Titania' and 'Willoughby'. Also, it's a dioecious shrub that requires both male and female plants for fruit production.
|It's planted near the front porch just off the stone path~perfect for catching its scent|
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone." She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.
Wish I could smell that. The fragrant shrubs seem to come out first don't they? Love those bluebirds.ReplyDelete
That sounds heavenly...I wish it could be happy here.ReplyDelete
Oh, to have that fragrance in the garden!ReplyDelete
It is lovely, Gail! I love seeing the shots of your garden, with the birds, flowers and bottle tree. It looks like spring. Are these currants edible by humans, too?ReplyDelete
Yes, they are, but, they've been described as seed filled. xogDelete
sooo beautiful! :)ReplyDelete
So, do you have both male and female plants? Love fragrant shrubs in the garden. I have spots where I could give it room to colonize.ReplyDelete
The first photo is captivating, well done. And fragrant as well.
Beautiful photos, and I can almost smell the scent from here....ReplyDelete
Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams
What a beauty.ReplyDelete
I am a great fan of currants, especially black currants! Don't know how your scented variety is related or if you could eat the fruit. It does sound like a charmer though. I remember white pine blister rust when we lived in Canada. I think it was gooseberries that were the carrier there. Another fruit I adore. Never see hide nor hair of them in Texas.ReplyDelete
jenny, You would love this scent in your garden. High Country sells 'Crandall' a Ribes odoratum variety so I think it can take your well drained conditions.Delete
I have not heard of this plant, and was going to ask if people could eat them, but I see in the comments my question has been answered.ReplyDelete
Thank you for telling me of this plant. Never heard of it either.~~DeeReplyDelete
The smell sounds heavenly, but the foliage is so attractive on this new-to-me plant, too. Thanks for the heads-up on the White Pine Rust; that is something I would definitely want to be careful about with all the white pines I have here.ReplyDelete
That is a beautiful shrub and one I had not heard of! I just love the contrast of the foliage and the reddish-brown stems, plus the color of the flowers. I can't get enough fragrant flowers in my garden so I'm going to have to plant that one. Thanks for sharing the idea!ReplyDelete
Lovely Gail. I can imagine the delicious scent of cloves. Sweet bluebirds there too!! Gorgeous intro photo!! What delicate blooms.ReplyDelete
I acquired a couple of these through our local garden club. I'm not sure what variety they are - only that they come from MI. I have them planted near the front porch on the other side of the house from my White Pine. How can I know if this variety is resistant? Would my Pine have already shown signs of blister? Is it a sure thing? I have tried to research this more online but better to ask a garden guru such as yourself! This will be their third spring in my garden and I noticed they are loaded with buds. Looking forward to their wonderful scent.ReplyDelete
Kathy, Garden Guru! Kind words indeed...My understanding is that the rust can be seen on the undersides of the ribes leaves first. The rust on the ribes releases the spores in late summer or fall. You have time to watch for it....but check with your local Dept of Agriculture/Forestry Division. GailDelete
What a lovely spring plant! I don't think it would grow this far north (Canada), but it's nice to admire it in your garden. We still have snow here - spring is not quite here, but soon.ReplyDelete
Flowers that smell like cloves? Sounds heavenly! I can just imagine.ReplyDelete
the local Ribes aureum has almost no scent whatsoever, but the sierra variety Ribes aureum var. aureum is the one which has the really strong clove scent.ReplyDelete
It's too soon to bloom here, but I'm waiting patiently. It's one of the first flowers to attract hummingbirds in the garden. The dark fruits are good, but frequently the birds eat most of them before they are really ripe. With the warm weather we are having it might not be too long before that spicy scent wafts on the breeze.ReplyDelete