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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:41 am    Post subject: Gorse -always loved it Reply with quote

Hi guys,

I have always loved gorse and its fabulous smell. I always had a small garden and it didn't make sense to plant it. I have a good deal of space now and would love to plant it. Problem now I hear it is illegal to plant it.

Can this be true?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As its a native wild plant, how would anyone know you had planted it? As its illegal to dig up wild plants, what could you do if one just happened to arrive in your garden?😉
It's a very versatile, tough plant with a lovely scent and it's always in bloom (the flowers make a very nice white wine). The insects love it, it looks good and well clipped, it makes a very secure hedge. What's not to like?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Good Guy, but personally I think it's horrible. There is just something about that shade of yellow...... Mustard yellow .. That explains it I HATE mustard! Laughing

It is fine in the country and I like the saying 'kissing's out of fashion, when the gorse is not in bloom' (it flowers all year long).

And it so easily blows seeds into a garden..........! There is your answer.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's a case of time and place - context is so important. Personally I like the colour, it's so cheerful. But then I like mustard, too!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The smell always reminds me of coconut. A friend of mine planted it as a shelter where she had an open bank . It's beautiful also in the fog when u see all the cobwebs on it.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those cobwebs are beautiful on sunny dewy mornings.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been trying to put up a pic I took of those said cobwebs , so far no luck I will keep trying. There were biscuits we had as kids I think they were called Polo always reminds me of them when I smell gorse. Also flowers on gorse are used in dyes
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't like mustard.

Don't like yellow flowers, e.g. Dandelions, Daffodils, etc...........................................................but..........................love Gorse flowers. Smile

It's a fabulous shrub and makes a superb hedge. It's a national treasure.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Superb photo, Ado2
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Thanks.... I like taking pictures and thanks for that app I am slowly getting the hang of it ! !
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Opinions on Ulex europaeus seem to to vary as much as the name. Descriptions of furze/gorse/whin remind me of wine tasting with disparate opinions on appearance and aroma (and taste?).
I'd describe the flowers as intense butter yellow rather than mustard. I find vanilla the prominent aroma though there are hints of coconut on the nose. As for the taste I haven't had the pleasure but I know that Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall has made something from it, possible a wine!

The road by my previous residence had furze growing in abundance on either side. The fragrance from the flowers was divine especially on a warm day.

I dunno how true it is to say it's illegal to transplant a wild plant. Cutting and burning of furze is widespread. I'd be surprised if transplanting is illegal too and if it is, I'd be more surprised if it was enforced.

I intend to plant a furze hedge in my garden. I took a number of cuttings last autumn and had 50% take, which I gather is a good strike rate. They had been slow to come on but have really come to life in the last month.
As well as that I've found plenty of young plants in a field that look perfect for transplanting and I hope to do that towards the end of the year.

An alternative is Genista hispanica (Spanish Gorse) which is widely available in garden centres. But it's just not as good!
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This is my broom at the moment. Its been gorgeous this year


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bet that smells nice too.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue Deacon wrote:
Bet that smells nice too.


Do you know what Sue it hardly smells at all
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