13th January 2014

When we were little we were always told you could kiss when the Gorse was in flower, though I didn’t understand then that it was because somewhere, on every day of the year, you can find Gorse flowers out in bloom, even in the coldest spells as these photos show. Canny people these rural folk. However, following four years of relatively mild weather, and 2014 having been the warmest year on record, the annual New Years Day flowering plant survey found something very disturbing on January 1st 2015. Where they would have expected 20-30 species in bloom they found 368 species flowering, or 15% of the flowering plants of Britain and Ireland. Conditions: Back in Sheffield for a few days, where it is bright and cold with some sun, slights sleety showers and a gentle breeze. Temperature: Max 5- Min 0C.

Gorse or Furze

Gorse or Furze

The vicious thorns on Gorse.

The vicious thorns on Gorse.

You can always find Gorse in flower but this winter it is particularly floriferous.

You can always find Gorse in flower but this winter it is particularly floriferous.

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