Winter flowers not so unusual

NOT RARE: Gorse can and often does flower at any time of the year.
NOT RARE: Gorse can and often does flower at any time of the year.

I have noticed quite a few gorse bushes flowering already. Is this early, perhaps a sign of an early spring?

V.R., Cambrian Hill.

Gorse can flower at any time of the year, and we often see gorse flowers in the middle of winter. While early, they are not unusual, and certainly not an indication of an early spring.

The main gorse flowering season is in September and October, but there is always gorse flowering somewhere, no matter the season. There are fewest flowers in the summer months, especially in the first three months of the year. There is often an autumn flowering time, soon after the summer dryness ends. Winter flowers are a continuation of this, perhaps as a result of increased moisture. There will continue to be winter flowers until the main spring flush.

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