In May I’m looking for Wild flowers

(This month I want to see native wild flowers found in the hedgerows, woodlands, farmland, meadows, by the coast, up a mountain, on the heath and even in your own garden. Basically those plants that haven’t been planted, but occur naturally, although specifically planted wild flower meadows can be included. Wild flowers provide food for humans and wildlife and are usually hardy, resilient and well adapted to the climate and soils, and yes sadly often referred to as weeds.)

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.


Gorse is a member of the pea family and can be found in all kinds of habitats from heaths and commons to towns and gardens. It provides a good habitat for many insects and birds, but can become dense and invasive. Many ‘wild’ landscapes are managed by traditional grazing animals such as Dartmoor or Exmoor ponies.

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

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53 thoughts on “garden photography: golden gorse

  1. I love the colour gorse brings to the countryside, and now I know why it seems to last so long. We probably have common and western which will cover most of the year. Interesting! And great pictures as always. It’s sunny here today so we’re off to a garden open day. Might be a post in that (eventually).

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    1. I love the colour and scent of gorse. Always reminds me of summer holidays 🙂 And yes, please do write about your garden open day. I love to nosy around and the challenge in August is for open gardens so you have plenty of time to prepare a post… 😀

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  2. I love this vibrant post, Jude! An image of part of a gorse bush, then we get in close with a macro, then joy of joys, there’s an engine house behind more gorse! You have taken me back in time to childhood holidays walking on the Cornish cliffs….

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  3. Of gorse I was happy to see these pics,
    A wild flower that also pricks,
    Yet of the species that abound,
    There are no natives to be found,
    In areas of SA where it has invaded,
    All attempts at eradication it has evaded,

    But as it is a source for local honey,
    The bees are happy and some folks will make money.
    So for now it looks like it is here to stay,
    It’s yellow blooms brighten a dull rainy day,
    And if you see it while on a drive
    Smile, as It might just help keep the bees alive.


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  4. And so cheerful, Jude! 🙂 Are you having wonderful Spring weather? I don’t know quite where it’s come from but I’m happy to have it around. We were over at our Headland beach this morning and in the garden after Sunday lunch but now, of course, I’m focused on Andy. 🙂 At some point I’ll have to get back to tomorrow’s post but it’s not easy to concentrate.


    1. It has been a glorious weekend, a bit cloudy yesterday but warm and I got a lot of weeding (I forgot about the weeding) done as well as re-potting some more plants. The patio is looking good, less said the better about the rest of the garden. Simply enjoying sitting outside with a book today 🙂

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  5. As usual, continuing to expand my education. Another flower I hadn’t heard of. I think the most interesting comment you made though was the fact the common gorse flowers from January to June. January?!!! I’m definitely living in the wrong part of the world 😉


  6. I love gorse but here on the west coast of Canada some homesick Scot planted a bunch of it and it is now classed as invasive. There are even ‘Broom-Bashing’ parties where people go out and try to eradicate both gorse and broom. Such a sad ending for such a sunny happy looking plant – maybe if we bring some Exmoor ponies in to graze it won’t be such a problem…

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