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. kzmcb says:

    It sounds amazing. I’d like the coconut blooms and the foliage looks a bit like rosemary.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The foliage is very sharp!

  2. What an interesting looking flower. I love seeing these things that are foreign to me.

    1. Heyjude says:

      there is a saying “When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season”. When the sun shines bright, the flowers smell of a heady aroma of coconut and vanilla. Truly lovely, though you don’t want to get caught in those spikes.

      1. My that does sound nice (except for the spikes). 🙂

  3. restlessjo says:

    No visible gorse here in Rome but I remember it being very splendid on the north east coast and in Wales 🤗💟

    1. Heyjude says:

      There is a lot in Cornwall, in the Cornish hedges and on the moors and downs. Hope Rome was a success.

      1. restlessjo says:

        Will message later. Any news at yours? 🤗💟

  4. margaret21 says:

    Gosh, you’re quite the connoisseur. For me, gorse is gorse is gorse.

  5. Sandra says:

    Another fascinating fact. Explains why I see gorse flowering at different times of the year. It has been beautiful so far this year.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes. The early flowering one is just finishing here.

  6. Tish Farrell says:

    Well now you’ve explained a lot, Jude. I have wondered why gorse always seems to be in flower somewhere. As to its prickliness, I was recently surprised, that it, like holly was used as winter fodder for farmstock. A bit of treading seems to make both plants edible, which is pretty hard to believe if you’ve ever had a close encounter with either of them.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not a shrub you want to mess with!

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        Absolutely not!

  7. Kissing is out of season when the gorse is out of bloom…

  8. Never seen it before, but it’s lovely.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Very much a part of UK moors and downs and heathland. There is a lot in Cornwall.

  9. Ann Mackay says:

    Ah, that is such a strong childhood memory for me. There was lots of gorse (known locally as ‘whins’) in the fields around us. A large patch near the house were growing in pretty much a deep ring with an empty centre. This was a ‘bield’ or shelter for the sheep – it made a great kids’ hideout too!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Interesting. A very prickly hideout though.

      1. Ann Mackay says:

        LOL, not so bad for young kids!

  10. beetleypete says:

    Gorse if the main plant seen over on Hoe Rough. It can look very nice from a distance, but the thorns/spikes are fierce!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      True. You don’t want to land in one!

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