No R in July

It’s unusual for a plant to put forth its flowers from September through to April, and then produce seeds May through to August. But that’s what the gorse bush does. Witness …

The seed-pods of gorse: 15th July 2019

During my ramble across Mousehold Heath in mid July, those gorse pods were in magnificent abundance.

Below is a photo I took way back in March 2017.  It flowers only when there’s an R in the month (though that does require us to be speaking English!)

Gorse in flower: March 2017

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23 Responses to No R in July

  1. Dale says:

    What an interesting plant!

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  2. Super cool plant! It did make me think, “A gorse is a gorse of course of course!”

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  3. I did not know Gorse blooms look so beautiful…!
    Enid Blyton did not give a hint that this could be so captivating…!
    I thank you so much for letting me know about it!

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  4. Jen Goldie says:

    This sounds like a VERY USEFUL plant. “Of course” 😊 Amazing!

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  5. Tien Skye says:

    I had to run through all 12 months to see when it flowers. LOL. Incredible knowledge and photo! 😀

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    • crimsonprose says:

      Two types of gorse grows in East Anglia: the Common, and the Western. The Common has a more usual flowering season, in later spring. Only the Western Gorse is so perverse, and in East Anglia it grows only to the east. Oddity abounds 🙂

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      • Tien Skye says:

        Interesting! I had to google to see the image, because I only know them as “flowers”. But I didn’t know Western Gorse are pervasive in East Anglia (east England?). In fact, I don’t see them in my part of the world.

        I imagine when they are in full bloom, the bushes look like they are on fire! 🙂

        PS: I’m glad Google came up with “Lens” which allows me to take photographs and search online to see what they are.

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      • crimsonprose says:

        Yea, I agree, Google does make it easy to identify images. I’ve used it for fungi and butterflies too.
        The eastern fringe of East Anglia (from Norwich out to the coast) is mostly sandy heathland, cut through with rich river valleys. Why a form of gorse that’s found in the west of England should have colonised here is a bit of a mystery. Except, perhaps it arrived by ship? Norwich was once an international port (long time ago), as were Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Interestingly, by the time you get as far south as Southwold (which isn’t any great distance) the common gorse takes over.
        And yes, heathlands are ablaze with the flowers. Golden. Beautiful… until you have to walk through it. 🙂

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  6. It’s one of those common plants that really light up the landscape often when there’s nothing else to do so 🙂

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