"When the gorse is out of bloom, kissing's out of fashion."
Evidently gorse can be found blooming here and there year-round in Britain! The following summer we were headed north on the A-9 after another visit with Kate and her family. The sun shone and the air was quite warm by Highland standards. I rolled down the window just as we drove past a hillside fairly glowing with bright yellow gorse blossoms. Suddenly we were enveloped by a most delicate, intoxicating fragrance! Who knew that gorse smelled and tasted of coconut?
I have since discovered a myriad of mysterious characteristics of this strange and alluring shrub:
It flourishes where soil is shallow and nutrients scarce
The flowers are a valuable source of pollen and nectar during gap months
Its blossoms are high in protein, delicious in salads, tea and liqueurs
The seeds can be soaked in water and the liquid used as flea repellent
The flowers and bark produce brilliant yellow and green dyes
Gorse are "noisy, exploding self-seeders"
Provide a bit of sweetness for all I meet
Help others taste and see that the Lord is good
Soak myself in the water of the Word to ward off pests
Live a colorful life and avoid drabness at all costs
Eagerly (noisily?) plant seeds, sharing the reason for the HOPE I have in Jesus