Friday, 3 April 2009

Flowering Blackcurrant means spring is here

This is an ornamental blackcurrant, grown purely for its flowers which are much more showy than its edible cousin.  For me, this symbolises spring as for some reason it was a popular bush where I grew up and I walked past a number of them on my way home from school.  They have a very particular scent which travels on  the breeze on a sunny day like this one.  So when it flowers, I know spring is underway, and the scent takes me back to sunny afternoon walks towards home - it's a very evocative plant for me.

It's easy to keep flowering each year - after it has bloomed, I cut out one third of the branches, reshaping as necessary.  That's all it needs.
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