Jan 212017

Ulex europaeusWild Irish Gorse Flower

The Gorse bushes have flowers all year round in Connemara, and we really appreciate them in these dark days of winter. There is an old proverb “When gorse is out of blossom, kissing’s out of fashion”, since gorse is always in blossom. When the sun shines, the flowers have a delicious coconut-like smell. Unfortunately the bushes are extremely prickly, and woe betide anyone who falls into one as I did once as a child!

Jan 062017

Senecio vulgaris

Groundsel flowerWhen the children go back to school after Christmas, the landscape looks fairly bleak, with very few flowers to brighten things up. However, a closer look  at my vegetable patch revealed this one. Groundsel is usually considered a weed, as it commonly found on waste-ground and in flower-beds and vegetable patches. Its inconspicuous yellow flowers are like tiny, tightly-furled  dandelion flowers. And its fluffy seeds blow in the wind like those of the dandelion.