At this time of the year Scotland is covered in yellow wild flowers. The most noticeable yellow wildflower of all is the Common Gorse. On a hot sunny day the Scottish hillside landscape is transformed into automatic heaven of delicious tropical coconut. Gorse is an evergreen shrub, covered in needle like leaves which can be sharp to the touch. The flowering season starts from January and usually lasts till end of June. Few years ago a friend pointed the smell of Gorse out to me during a hike in the Ochills and ever since then I have been obsessed with recreating the fragrance of this common shrub in my home. To me it represents happy endorphins of a hill walk combined with freshness of Scottish spring air. I just wanted to be surrounded by this feeling all year round.
The inspiration of this blog came from my recent train ride from Inverness to Perth where I met an American lady touring Scotland. She quizzed me about the bright yellow flower and wanted to know how she could take it back with her home to remember her time in the Scottish hills. Here are some of the products I recommended and thought I would share it here too.