festival of spring #8

I am going to join in with Dawn’s Festival of Spring which will last for 10 -12 weeks in celebration of this season and share something that is happening in or around my neighbourhood each week.


Gorse (Ulex europaeus): There are three types of gorse in the UK which are all very similar. Common Gorse is widespread and mainly flowers from January to June, Western Gorse flowers in later summer and autumn and is mainly found in western parts of the UK; whereas Dwarf Gorse, which also flowers later, is mainly found in the south and east of England and is absent from Ireland.

It is easily recognised with its needle-like leaves and distinctive, coconut-perfumed, yellow flowers.

30 Comments Add yours

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I have a love hate relationship with gorse. I love it in the right place and love the small, but it can be a thug too

    1. Heyjude says:

      I can happily admire it on the downs and in the lanes.

  2. susurrus says:

    It amazes me how we seem to have gorse in flower pretty much all year round, even in the NW.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Which is why kissing is never out of favour. 😍

      “When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season”

      1. susurrus says:

        What a great saying.

  3. Such a beautiful bright plant. I love to see it en masse, and I like the smell too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, the smell is gorgeous, though the ones flowering at the moment seem scentless. maybe the summer ones are better when the sun brings out the oils.

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