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