The Ulex Europeas is in flower for about 11 months of the year, it has spines which are modified leaves and is a legume. There is a double flowered variety which is prettier. It’s pretty amazing in other ways that it used specifically to identify the ‘Bombay phenotype’ of blood which is quite rare. How they found that out I am not sure but the flower buds are edible – I have eaten there kind of like lemony cucumber…you would need a lot to fill a plate!
It was introduced into NZ where it has become an invasive species and in Sri Lanka it’s deemed a fire hazard. These images where taken next to Bassenthwaite lake with the Skiddaw mountain range behind.