garden photography: golden gorse

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.

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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 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely photos. I had no idea that gorse has a smell, despite growing up in an area with plenty of it (the hills in Scotland) – perhaps I just never got close enough to its prickliness to find out!

  2. restlessjo says:

    The cliff tops at Seaham were crazy with cowslips but I was so busy crawling around the orchids I didn’t get any good shots of them! 🙂 🙂 https://restlessjo.me/2016/05/19/may-wildflowers/

  3. 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…

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, yes, bring in the ponies. It is such a lovely cheerful and fragrant plant.

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