The importance of gorse in the natural history of Britain has been forgotten as our personal dependence on the land waned. Providing abundant fuel, fodder for animals and almost uniquely in the United Kingdom flowering almost all year round offering a food supply for bees and in turn their keepers. Gorse blossom has an aroma reminiscent of coconut but such is its chemical structure no two people will smell it in exactly the same way. It was this strange anomaly and fascinating scientific fact that drew Christopher Perry to the plant, as much as its association with the Hardy heaths of literature and the south west of England. Growing alongside gorse one will often see Lemon Balm, brought to Britain by the Romans, this important herb relishes the heath land habitat, where it thrives in the wild. Lemon Balm is not overtly citrusy but has a distinct fresh green, lemon smell that perfectly complements the sweetness of the gorse.
Top: Fresh Green, Citrus
Middle: Gorse Flower
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