Gorse / whin in Northern England and Scotland.

Seek he the Lord while he may be found, call he upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way , and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord , and he will have mercy on him ; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither my ways your ways, saith the Lord…

Isaiah 55: 6 – 8
There are three similar species of gorse: common gorse flowers from January to June;
western gorse flowers in late summer and autumn and found in western UK; dwarf gorse flowers later and is mainly found in Southern and Eastern England.

Broom is similar to common gorse in size, shape and flower colour, but it doesn’t have the spines and has short, flattened leaves and larger flowers.
I had to use gloves to pick and work with this gorse it is covered in sharp spines.
This intense yellow flower smells of coconut and looks very much like a pea flower. One of these flowers has an eight legged visitor. It was insistent it should be somewhere in the picture and so it is. My sister who loves spiders and photographing them will approve.🤣
The Gorse stems are stiff, tough and grow close together. It forms a very dense shrub. The bark is light sandy brown and deeply ridged. Gorse bark and flowers produce a yellow dye and the flowers have also been used to add extra flavour and colour to tea in Britain. It grows well in poor, dry, sandy soil. We often see it in early March along our motorways.

Will picked a single blossom from a gorse bush beside him; it shone bright yellow on his grubby hand. ” People are very complicated,” He said sadly. “So they are,” John Rowlands said. His voice deepened a little, louder and clearer than it had been. ” But when the battles between you and your adversaries are done, Will Stanton, in the end the fate of all the world will depend on just those people, and on how many of them are good or bad, stupid or wise. And indeed it is all so complicated that I would not dare foretell what they will do with their world. Our world.

Susan Cooper

11 thoughts on “Gorse / whin in Northern England and Scotland.

  1. I’d love to smell these, I love the smell of coconut! I have to mention too on your little bobble-head turtle pin cushion, I have one just like it but blue instead of pink. It was my grandmother’s, I played with it as a child. I now have it on my dresser, just another little reminder of my Grandmom to cherish. 🙂

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  2. I don’t know gorse. I wonder if you get it here. I’ll check. Very important verse from Isaiah and Profound Susan cooper quote. Great post. (Saw the spider straightaway😜)


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