Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ribes Odoratum Indeed!

The clove currants are the star of the garden these days. No matter what you are doing in the garden the heady fragrance of these tiny little yellow flowers captures your attention.

The bumblebees are attracted to the plant, and it is frequently where I see my first hummingbird of the season. No hummingbirds have appeared yet, but the plants still have lots of buds yet to open.

On one of the plants I got a very brief glimpse of what I thought looked like a hummingbird moth. It was shaped a lot like a bumblebee, but had a very pointed rear end. I have never seen one like it before. It was gone in a flash. I came inside and checked in my caterpillar book . I think it could have been a snowberry clearwing. I keep watching hoping to see it again. If he doesn't come back maybe a hummingbird will stop by. In any event working in the general area of these flowers is a pleasure.


nancybond said...

I can imagine it would be a pleasure working around this plant, with that lovely aroma and those potential visitors! :)

Michelle said...

I'm going to grow that plant one of these days! I got just the right spot for it but haven't yet had the time to clean that area out and replant it. In the meantime I will just have to enjoy your posts about it. :)