wild landscapes

The new spring gorse is flowering right now and it is lovely – such a bright and vibrant golden-yellow. Common gorse is a large, evergreen shrub, covered in needle-like leaves and distinctive, coconut-perfumed, yellow flowers during the spring and summer. You will find it on the windy, open moors all around the UK.

And when the sky is blue there is no better contrasting colour. Though, perhaps because the temperature is still rather low, I could not discern any noticeable coconut perfume when I very carefully reached out to have a sniff.

Whilst we are confined to #StayAtHome I will be posting photos from around my house and garden to hopefully cheer us all up.


  1. margaret21 says:

    I saw my first gorse of the year yesterday. Spring has sprung!

  2. restlessjo says:

    It’s beautiful, isn’t it? I love that last shot with the fuzzy background πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ More gardening today, Jude?

    1. Heyjude says:

      More weeding Jo, then planting a hydrangea that is in a pot and a couple of cowslips, then cover the bed with bark. And a walk on the hill.

      1. restlessjo says:

        We just bought a small bird of paradise, a gorgeous white gardenia which Mick thought was a camellia, an ornithogalum dubium-get me! – and some lavender. Happy days πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•. Walking next!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Your garden centres are open still? I think ours have had to close.

        2. restlessjo says:

          It’s a very open space and so long as you maintain distance and use the hand wash. Don’t know for how much longer so I dragged Mick in as we were passing to food shop. πŸ˜πŸ’•

        3. Heyjude says:

          Queued up to get inside the supermarket πŸ›’ today, surreal! At least they had 3 small chickens and 2 packets of chicken breasts. Still no eggs or flour. Everyone must be baking cakes πŸ”πŸ₯šπŸ§

        4. restlessjo says:

          Not me! Still buying Mick apple turnovers πŸ€£πŸ’•

        5. Heyjude says:

          I wonder if our bakeries are open? I might have to drive to Hayle to find out. A Cornish Pasty would be rather nice.

        6. restlessjo says:

          Maybe even cake? What’s a little indulgence between friends? Might cheer David up 😍

        7. Heyjude says:

          I did buy us a couple of cakes today as a treat. I think treats are in order right now!

        8. restlessjo says:

          πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ We had a ‘takeaway’ from one of our favourite restaurants. Not like eating out but a nice change from cooking.

  3. BeckyB says:

    Oh it’s as beautiful as Jo said it was, and just look at the blue 😍

    1. Heyjude says:

      I know! The blue was fabulous. Much more hazy today and the sun was bright red when it set. Like the end of the world. Though I hope not!

      1. BeckyB says:

        Yikes, hope not . . although beginning to feel we are edging that way some days

  4. pommepal says:

    Definitely a sight to cheer us up jude. Over here it is a noxious weed so don’t see much of it

    1. Heyjude says:

      Best grown where it belongs, on these open moors where it looks beautiful.

      1. pommepal says:

        I agree about leaving it where it belongs and it does look stunning

  5. Sue says:

    Ah, nostalgia! Years since I have been on a moor and seen gorse….Reminds me of childhood holidays in Cornwall…. 😊😊

  6. beetleypete says:

    The gorse on Hoe Rough hasn’t started to flower yet. But the insects are all awake and busy. I saw a water vole swimming across the river yesterday, with an egret very interested in its movements. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Quite a few big bumblebees here.

  7. Lynn says:

    So beautiful Jude, especially against that gorgeous blue skyβ˜€οΈ

    1. Heyjude says:

      Blue and yellow are such good companions.

  8. Colline says:

    Such a beautiful and vibrant colour

    1. Heyjude says:

      Indeed it is! So very cheerful.

  9. Jo Shafer says:

    “Whilst we are confined to #StayAtHome I will be posting photos from around my house and garden to hopefully cheer us all up,” you said. I think that’s a great idea! I thought of it, too, but you started posting first. Thanks. I need those blue skies over brilliant yellow blooms on this cloudy day in Washington state.

    1. Heyjude says:

      No reason why you can’t do the same. I think we all need the distractions!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Is that gorse the same as the Scotch Broom that took over as an invasive plant in the Pacific Northwest? I couldn’t tell when looking at the internet.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Different family but similar flowers. The Scotch Broom doesn’t have the thorns.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Thanks. The Scotch Broom was a terrible allergen for my husband in Oregon.

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