When Gorse is out of flower….
When gorse is out of flower, kissing is out of fashion. So goes the old saying. Thankfully for romantic types, there is usually some gorse in flower somewhere whatever the season. This gorse plant is flowering on Wandsworth Common right now. However, it is in the summer when gorse flowers, and perhaps also kissing, are really at their finest. In summer gorse bushes virtually glow with bright yellow flowers and the sweet coconut aroma drifts through the warm air. This scent is to attract the bees which pollinate the gorse, but it is enjoyed by us humans too!
Some of you may have also heard the old saying “when gorse is in flower, Britain will never will be conquered”.