As I was reading “The Solitary Cyclist” in The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, I realized it would be nice sometimes to include pictures of the flowers or birds that Watson describes. As an American, I don’t usually get to see the same kind of wildlife that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle saw everyday. Pictured below is the Common Gorse, or as Watson called it, the Flowering Gorse. Picture credit goes to The Wildlife Trusts.

Gorse (Ulex europaeus) growing alongside country lane, Shropshire, UK

Usage: “A rainy night had been followed by a glorious morning, and the heath-covered countryside, with the flowering gorse, seemed all the more beautiful to the eyes which were weary of the duns and drabs and slate grays of London.”