Ribes is one of the first plants to flower, bringing the bees out of their hibernation. I planted three of these from our local Prickett’s Nursery back in September. You can see the flower buds are forming now…I took this photo last week and today I can actually see the pink of the petals showing through.
Not only a bee and bird friendly plant the ribes species are, once established, drought tolerant and enjoy living under oaks… which pretty much are the conditions they are going to live in.
You’re looking at the glutinosum (Calif Native) variety. I picked up an aureum variety from High Country Gardens which is much slower to bud out so far.
Thank you @PermaGoddess for so much garden inspirations from Bealtaine Cottage. I believe that we may have restrictions on the more commmonly edible varieties (nigrum, rubrum), however the fruit of this species is edible as well. They will do for fulfilling my garden goal of the year, planting for the bees and the birds and Mother Nature.