I've heard bard used to refer to Shakespeare - I didn't realize it meant he had a patron. Does the gorse have berries? For some reason gorse berries sound familiar to me.
How lovely to see a picture of gorse. I've read the word in novels and knew it was a flower, but I didn't know what it looked like.
It reminds me of a cactus. That yellow is so pretty.
Bermudaonion- Gorse produces brown to black seeds in grey hairy pods.Margot- It is a pretty yellow.Tea norman- Yes, it is prickly.
I know gorse because they have it in New Zealand and Tasmania (brought over from England with the early settlers, although I'm not sure why). I knew Shakespeare is referred to as the bard, but had no idea as to a specific meaning.