Flanders Moss NNR
I had a nice surprise the other day on the western edge of Flanders. In the winter gloom and brown, desiccated vegetation a lone gorse bush was in flower. At this time of year a bunch of bright yellow flowers can do wonders in cheering you up. So I took a little while to look closely at them as it seemed to have been a long time since I last looked closely at a flower. They really are rather striking and as a bonus they smell of coconut. On a warm, balmy summers day the smell can reach you several metres from a bush but on a bitterly cold, damp day you had to get really close to catch the scent. My advice for anyone trying to smell gorse at this season is to do it very, very carefully. It is hard to get your nose close enough to the flower and avoid the vicious prickles. I didn’t.
On the plus side the saying goes that gorse only flowers in the kissing season. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. So after what seems like a long winter, pucker up!