Look, it’s a Scottish golf gorse! Ba-dum-ch.
That one comes at you straight from Mr. C. Thank you, Ladies and Gentlemen. He’ll be here all week. 😀
Also called ‘whin,’ common flowering gorse is a large, spiny, evergreen shrub that bursts onto the scene in late winter/early spring. Though it is not uncommon to spot its blooms in Scotland year-round, April and May is when this plant really explodes in bright yellow splendor.
Gorse tends to grow in rough, scrubby, uncultivated places. It is often found growing alongside roads and fields and is also commonly seen along the coast and on clifftops. Some people claim it has a distinct coconut smell, but to be honest, I have never detected that.
The abundance of gorse is a beautiful sight in Scotland in the spring. Just be careful if you get close to it that you don’t stab yourself on those darn hard, thorny spikes!