Fragrance Quote for November 18th, 2011 from Eliza Cook's journal, Volume 2 edited by Eliza Cook

Fragrance Quote for November 18th, 2011 from Eliza Cook's journal, Volume 2 edited by Eliza Cook

The golden blossom of the furze and the broom render the aspect of the moorland extremely brilliant. The furze or gorse (Ulex Europ&us,) is a very valuable plant to the cottager. The furze is an evergreen, and its flowers last from May till summer is ended; and even during sharp frost it often bravely puts forth a few blossoms, to cheer the landscape. The furze is used to a great extent for hedges, and for fuel; it is often gathered from the heath, and stacked up at the cottage door during winter. It is very plentiful in Devonshire, and large quantities were formerly cultivated there for fuel and for the feeding of cattle. Cows are particularly fond of the young tops; at Birmingham there are several large dairy establishments in which gorse is used as an article of food. There is a small steam engine attached to each, by which the gorse is crushed to a pulp, and in that state is given to the cows, which soon become extremely fond of it. We have seen a thriving flock of goats which were fed entirely on furze, and we have been informed that plough horses may be kept in good condition upon it. It is highly useful to the birds, who soon clear away its numerous pods, and the bees get a good store of honey from its fragrant flowers. The summer wind comes from the wide moor laden with the refreshing fragrance of this plant, and many a weary traveller has been soothed and comforted thereby. And notwithstanding the riches of the conservatory, and the wonders of foreign climes, the furze is still one of the most beautiful of flowers; and breathing as it does, on the wide moorland, or on the bonny hedgerows the true language of home, and adding by its beauty to the scenery of happy England, it must be ever mingled with the most holy aspirations of the soul; and in its sweet and rugged simplicity fitted to become a hallowed blessing for the heart.