Wild, Wild Humboldt–A Currant Look

Wild currants are blooming beside Highway 101 right now.  They start in late February and explode by April.  The vivid pink flowers and dark rounded green leaves are simply spectacular.  They are my favorite flowering bush.  Look for them with their heads in the sun and their roots in well drained creek beds.

The sun and rain yesterday merged on one  lush cluster with sensational results.

Don’t you love the contrast this time of year as sunlight sparkles on wet plants?

Below are a few of  other wild currant photos. Their berries are edible and supposedly very good in preserves.  When the two plants out my back door fruit this year, I plan to experiment.

wild currant berries

Full blooming wild currant

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16 comments

  • A lovely taste of Spring. No doubt you must be anxious as a photographer to get the hillsides ablaze in colour!

    • The berries are delish. My sister has a currant bush in her backyard. She makes jelly every year and doesn’t share… It’s okay, I still like her, though 😀

      • While we’re on the subject of berries…one thing I really REALLY miss about growing up in SoHum is the wild blackberries. Last time my husband and I were visiting we found a thorny, tangled mass by the side of a dirt road up Eel Rock, waded in as far as we could bear it, and stuffed our faces with blackberries. A couple of cars drove by and probably thought we were unusual 😉 but they sure were good. Blackberries don’t just grow like that–juicy, sweet, and big-as-your-thumb–everywhere. How ’bout someone starting a blackberry festival? I’d make a 1200 mile trip for that!

  • A lovely taste of Spring. No doubt you must be anxious as a photographer to get the hillsides ablaze in colour!

    • The berries are delish. My sister has a currant bush in her backyard. She makes jelly every year and doesn’t share… It’s okay, I still like her, though 😀

      • While we’re on the subject of berries…one thing I really REALLY miss about growing up in SoHum is the wild blackberries. Last time my husband and I were visiting we found a thorny, tangled mass by the side of a dirt road up Eel Rock, waded in as far as we could bear it, and stuffed our faces with blackberries. A couple of cars drove by and probably thought we were unusual 😉 but they sure were good. Blackberries don’t just grow like that–juicy, sweet, and big-as-your-thumb–everywhere. How ’bout someone starting a blackberry festival? I’d make a 1200 mile trip for that!

  • NIce pic. My favorite too. I’ve got a large one by the creek. It’s beautiful right now. I hear it’s easy to take cuttings of the fresh growth right after the blooms fade. I’m going to try it and share the wealth. And if you’re reading Earthmother, there’s a blackberry festival in Westhaven every year.

  • NIce pic. My favorite too. I’ve got a large one by the creek. It’s beautiful right now. I hear it’s easy to take cuttings of the fresh growth right after the blooms fade. I’m going to try it and share the wealth. And if you’re reading Earthmother, there’s a blackberry festival in Westhaven every year.

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