My first ripe North American golden currants or buffalo currants (gullrips), Ribes aureum, were awaiting my return from the US today. This is probably the black-fruited cultivar “Black Pearl”. It has beautiful aromatic large yellow flowers, so qualifying also as an edimental! The taste is closest I think to Worcesterberries and blackcurrants.
After 3 years, I’ve finally finished the last cultivated area in the garden on the steep slope below the pond. The soil is very shallow, so I’ve terraced with bare rock showing between the terraces.
I’ve planted mostly fruit and berry bushes here, but also Xanthoxylum piperitum (Japanese pepper), one of which is thornless. There are also 3 types of Jostaberry, two selections of “Green-berried Blackcurrant”, three golden currants (Ribes aureum), three different black raspberries, two Elaeagnus umbellatus, Gooseberry Xenia and a couple of unknown Ribes spp. from Bo Blomqvist and Knut Poulsen!