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Title: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 09, 2016, 08:24:44 AM
In this thread I will be posting scans of postage stamps from around the world.
But, only those which have been mentioned at some time in the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, the journal of the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY

Telopea speciosissima ,Waratah

The Mediterranean Garden, Number 71,page 59.

GARDENS, PLANTS, NEW FRIENDS:
THE 2012 AGM IN AUSTRALIA
by Alisdair Aird

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 10, 2016, 07:18:34 AM
Who would have thought Sugar Cane would be mentioned in the MGS Journal?

However, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,  number 68,
THE PALM TREE PEST 111, GREECE:
AN INTERVIEW by Cali Doxiadis, lists on page 51`Saccharum officinarum   
as being one of the species vulnerable to the Rhynchophorus ferruggineus.

Saccharum officinarum = Sugar Cane, and in Spanish Cana de Azucar.
This Argentinian stamp dates from 1935.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 11, 2016, 11:48:06 AM
Dendrobium phalaenopsis  = Cooktown Orchid.
This 25c stamp from Australia shows the "Floral Emblem of Queensland "since 1959.

Dendrobiums are mentioned in two articles in The Mediterranean Garden Journal

GARDENING IN POTS IN MELBOURNE, January 2006, number 43, page 25
and
LET THERE BE LIGHT, January 2015, number 79, page 12
Both articles are by Caroline Davies.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 12, 2016, 10:49:19 AM
Cocos nucifera =  Coconut Palm
This 5c postage stamp from Ceylon shows what looks like a beach lined with Coconut Palms and a sailing ship in the sea.

This palm tree is mentioned in three editions of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN

In number 29 issued in July 2002 on page 13.
MORE ABOUT THE GARDENS OF POMPEII by Gian Lupo Osti.

In number 68 issued in April 2012  on page 51
THE PALM TREE PEST 111. GREECE:
AN INTERVIEW by Cali Doxiadis.

In number 69 issued in July 2012
THE IDLE THIRD TERRACE:
TROPICAL EXPERIMENTS IN MALLORCA, PART1 by Jaime Ruiz


Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 17, 2016, 02:54:54 PM
Aesculus hippocastanum  = Horse Chestnut

AUTUMN  a U.K. stamp series from 1993.

The 18p stamp depicts the conkers ready to fall.
The photo shows the Horse Chestnut trees inside the modern stadium in Sparta and down the side of the road leading to Ancient Sparta.

The Horse Chestnut tree is mentioned in three copies of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN

Number 49, July 2007, pages 53 and 54
REPLACING TREES AFTER A FOREST FIRE
By Peter Eaton

Number 62, October 2010, page 4
STREET TREES AND COLOUR
By Caroline Harbouri

Number 82, October 2015, page 62
EPIRUS-MGS TRIP MAY 2015
BY John Joynes
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 18, 2016, 05:54:31 AM
Corylus maxima - Hazel
Nuts and leaves of the filbert
Another autumn stamp from the U.K.

The Hazel tree is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Number 54, October 2008,page 24.
INVASIVE PLANTS IN CYPRUS
By John Joynes
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 19, 2016, 06:35:07 AM
Pyrus communis  = Pear
Fruit and leaves of the pear
In this case 'Doyenne du Comice'
Another Autumn stamp from the UK.

The Pear tree is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Number 70, October 2012, page 25.

A CONVERSATION IN THE MOORISH
GARDEN OF CREVILLENTE
By Pedro Jose Moya
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on October 19, 2016, 07:16:26 AM
Hilary, this is an amazing series - thanks so much!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 20, 2016, 06:22:28 AM
Sorbus aucuparia = Rowan
Fruit and leaves of the Mountain Ash.
The photo was taken at Hyde Hall, UK, last year

The Rowan tree is mentioned twice in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN

Number  64, April 2011, page  20.
THE SECRET GARDEN OF THE SOUL
By Ida Tonini

Number 73, July 2013, page 24
AUTUMN IN THE DANDENONG RANGES
By Julia Ann Catton
This reference is to point out that the Australian Mountain Ash Eucalyptus regnans is not anyway related to the European Mountain Ash Sorbus aucuparia
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 21, 2016, 07:48:14 AM
Rubus fruticosus = Fruit and leaves of the Blackberry, Bramble.
This plant on the 24p stamp will remind all my friends in Tyneside of Blackberry Week and home made Blackberry tarts.
The photo is of my mother, aunt and uncle after a successful blackberrying trip in 1957.

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
There is not a single mention of this common wild plant in any of the journals.
However, as the stamp is one of the AUTUMN series from the UK I have included it here. 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 22, 2016, 03:25:04 PM
Rhododendron simsii   = Azalea
This Belgian stamp from 1970 shows a bright pink Azalea plant.
Named as AZALEA SIMSII
The stamp was issued to celebrate something called
GENTSE FLORALIEN = FLORALIES GANTOISES
Which apparently means " Flowers and Plants in Dialogue with unique city locations"
The photo is of the usual pot plants on sale at this time of year

After making a 'search' in the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY 's website I came to the conclusion that Rhododendron and Azalea are mentioned too many times in the THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  to be listed here
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 23, 2016, 08:48:48 AM
Acer saccharum
A stamp from Canada featuring the national emblem.

Mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  the Journal of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY
Number 8, Spring 1997, pages 26 and 27.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 23, 2016, 12:23:57 PM
Sorry, I omitted to say in the above post that the article where Acer saccharum is mentioned is
SOME MAPLES [ACER]SUITABLE FOR GARDEN USE IN MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATES
By Philip McMillan Browse
 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 24, 2016, 10:51:29 AM
A stamp from Belgium today.
Dated the year 2000.
A red and yellow Tulip.
I am afraid I don't have a photo of this colour tulip to add.

Tulips are mentioned in too many articles in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN for me to list here.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 25, 2016, 06:16:31 AM
Another red and yellow tulip today, on a stamp from Belgium.
This one dated 2005.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 26, 2016, 06:34:10 PM
Tulip, purple.
Another stamp from Belgium depicting a tulip.
This one is dated 2006
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 27, 2016, 10:20:32 AM
Tulip, pink.
This time a pink tulip on a stamp from Belgium.
Dated 2009.
The photo is of  municipal planting on the boatfield, Cullercoats, UK.
Taken in 2009
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 02, 2016, 07:04:01 AM
Protea.
BELGISCH CONGO BELGE
This 15c stamp from the Belgian Congo is from a series which seems to have been issued in 1952.

Protea is mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, too many times to be listed here.

The cover drawing of THE MEDITERRRNAEAN GARDEN, January  2013 number 71, is of Protea cynaroides, the King Protea is by Margaret Johnston.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on November 02, 2016, 04:48:39 PM
Hi Hilary. The protea looks just right to make a small mosaic. I will have go when I get some free time
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 04, 2016, 07:22:11 AM
Littonia
This stamp, from the Belgian Congo, issued probably in 1952, depicts Littonia.

It is mentioned twice in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
The first time in the very first journal Number 1, Summer 1995.
PLANTS THAT STAND ON THEIR HEADS
 By Joanna Millar

The second time in the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY seed list.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 05, 2016, 07:13:47 AM
Ipomoea
This 40c stamp from the Belgian Congo, probably issued in 1952, depicts an Ipomoea flower.
The Ipomoea plant is listed too many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  to be listed here
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on November 05, 2016, 01:33:26 PM
It would be interesting to know which Ipomoea that is. It looks a little like the extraordinary South African Ipomoea bolusiana which grows from a fat surface tuber (and does figure on a Botswana stamp (https://www.stampworld.com/en/stamps/Botswana/Postage%20stamps/2010-2015)).
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 05, 2016, 02:47:44 PM
What a super site.
All my flowers on stamps  identification problems  sorted.
Apparently there were 22 stamps in this series. I have seven.
According to the site you found the pink Ipomoea is

Ipomoea filicaulis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 06, 2016, 09:00:30 AM
This 1 F stamp from the Belgian Congo depicts Hibiscus rhodanthus according to the super site I was told about yesterday.

The photo is of Hibiscus rosa- sinensis taken in the garden of the Gennadius Library in Athens this summer.

Hibiscus plants are mentioned in many issues of  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 08, 2016, 11:36:00 AM
Oryza, Rice
This British Guiana stamp  from 1938 shows
PLOUGHING A RICE FIELD

I did not expect to find any references in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  for rice but in number 82, October 2015, page 27 the rice paddies of Albufeira are mentioned in passing.

VALENCIA - A TOWN OF TREES
By Edith Haeuser


 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 09, 2016, 08:26:49 AM
Atropa belladonna
This is one of a series of stamps, issued in 1953,  from  Bulgaria.
The CT2 stamp depicts Atropa belladona commonly known as Deadly Nightshade.
Although I didn't find any references in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. I did find two interesting articles on the website of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY

The UK Branch of the MGS.
August 2011.
Plants with a Medical Purpose - Royal College of Physicians, London.

The Catalonian Branch of the MGS
May2015.
Excursion to the Montserrat mountain.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 10, 2016, 07:25:13 AM
Datura stramonium, Thorn Apple.
Another Bulgarian stamp from a 1953 series.
The CT4 stamp depicts Datura starmonium.

The photos were taken here, in Corinth, a few years ago.

References to this plant are found in interesting articles in the following

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Number 27, January 2002, page 53
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING,
ATHENS 2001
 By Freda Fox

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
 Number 31, January 2003, page 31
DATURAS AND BRUGMANSIAS
By John Rendall

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Number 39, January 2005, page 52.
THOUGHTS INSPIRED BY A MINI
'MEDITERRANEAN' GArden
 By Francois Travers
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 11, 2016, 08:16:55 AM
Salvia officinalis, Sage.
This CT8 stamp from Bulgaria, issued in 1953, depicts Salvia officinalis.

The photo was taken in 2009, near the Menelaion, outside of Sparta.

There are too many references to salvia officinalis in THE MEDITERRANEN GARDEN, to be listed here.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 12, 2016, 08:54:54 AM
Gentiana lutea
A CT2 stamp from Bulgaria, issued in 1960.

This plant is mentioned twice in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.

Number 59, January 2010, pages 43 and 44.
COLLECTING FROM THE WILD
By Chevrel Traher

Number 20, April 2000, page40.
GREEK PLANTS IN A NOTTINGHAM GARDEN
By Dick Elliott.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 16, 2016, 11:45:36 AM
Aquilegia formosa Western Columbine.
This stamp from Canada, which was issued in 1977, depicts Aquilegia formosa

The plant is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 6, Autumn 1996, page 35.
OAKS IN A CALIFORNIA GARDEN
By Katherine Greenberg
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 20, 2016, 07:26:29 AM
Pyrus communis
Bartlett Pear, Poirier 'Bartlett' depicted on a stamp from Canada, issued in 1992.

Pyrus communis is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,
Number 70, October 2012, page 25.
A CONVERSATION IN THE MOORISH GARDEN OF CREVILLENTE
By Pedro Moya
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 21, 2016, 01:36:34 PM
Prunus armeniaca
A stamp issued by Canada in 1994 depicting a Westcot Apricot tree, Abricotier 'Westcot'

Several prunus trees are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,
number 10, autumn 1997, page 14.

THE FLORA OF OTTOMAN GARDENS
1. TREES
By Nicholas Stavroulakis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 22, 2016, 10:31:09 AM
Prunus persica'Elberta'
Pecher 'Elberta'

This peach tree is depicted on a stamp from Canada, Issued in 1995.

Peach trees along with apricot trees and pear trees are all mentioned in the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Number 10, Autumn 1997, page 14 and
Number 70, October 2012, page 25.
The titles and authors of the articles are in the two previous posts. 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 24, 2016, 06:28:58 PM
Rosa Mutabilis.
This stamp from the UK came out in 1991.
The flowers change in colour as they age.
It is mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, too many to be listed here.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on November 25, 2016, 07:33:24 AM
Hilary, our Rosa mutabilis taken this morning. Not looking its best but making an effort despite our ongoing drought conditions.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 25, 2016, 01:44:12 PM
Glad someone had a photo of this rose.
Most of my rose photos are named by colour only
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 26, 2016, 09:04:27 AM
Rosa'Mme Alfred Carriere'
Mentioned so many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN it would take ages to list them here.
The series was issued in 1991 and I see from the information about each rose that this climbing rose
 'will even  do well on a north- facing wall'
I hope someone has a photo of this rose  which they can post.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 27, 2016, 08:15:57 AM
Rosa moyesii
Another stamp issued by the UK in 1991.

The plant was found "in the mountains of western Sichuan on the border between China and Tibet"

This rose is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 42, October 2005, on page 43.

Read the article THE WARS OF THE ROSES-AN AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE by Trevor Nottle.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 04, 2016, 08:58:04 AM
Cupressus sempervirens      Cypress tree
I was surprised and disappointed to find that I didn't have a single flower stamp from Cyprus.
Instead I found this stamp depicting the castle at Kolossi  with, what looks like, Cypress trees next to it.
This  stamp was in use between 1938 and 1951

The photo is of Cypress trees near Xylokeriza, Corinthia.

Cypress trees are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on December 04, 2016, 05:26:11 PM
Interesting, Hilary. Kolossi is our village, we live a 5 minute walk away from the Castle. The 3 Cypress trees on the stamp are probably artistic license, not sure they ever existed. While the one that does exist and is over a hundred years old, so would have been there when the stamp was issued, has been omitted. It should feature in the space between the Castle and the King. (The other explanation is that the sketch used was made before 1900 of course). It was planted around 1900, along with the Tipuana tipu that is a short distance away from it, by a man named Cecil Duncan Hay. His photo is below.
Unfortunately I don't have any recent full on photos of the tree but below is one taken a few years ago showing it appearing above the Medieval Sugar Factory next to the Castle.
The black and white photo was probably taken sometime in the 1920s and shows the tree to the right with the Tipuana tipu behind it. The façade that is showing is the same one that appears on your stamp. At the top you can see what I believe is called a machicolation for pouring hot liquids onto unwanted guests, same as on your stamp.
I'm sure that there have been Cyprus stamps that feature flowers. Are you still actively collecting? If so would you like me to check at the PO to see if any are available?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 05, 2016, 06:43:37 AM
Interesting.
I thought castles were either on hill tops, on a river crossing or at a port. Why was Kolossi castle built where it is?
Medieval sugar factory. What were they growing to make sugar in Medieval times?
Another stamp featuring sugar cane is coming up in a few days time.
No I am not actively collecting stamps now, just enjoying the ones I already have and keeping the ones  which, rarely, arrive on an envelope
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 05, 2016, 07:24:53 AM
Tilia cordata
This stamp, showing the leaves and closed buds of the Linden tree, was issued in 1939.
The country was then named BOHEMIA AND MORAVIA  later to become CZECHOSLOVAKIA

The photo  was taken of a Linden tree growing in a park in Bilbao, Spain.

Although this tree does not seem to be mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN it is mentioned several times in the website of the MGS
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on December 05, 2016, 09:57:32 AM
Hilary, to fully answer your question I would have to go back to Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade, but that's a long story. At the risk of incurring the wrath of the Moderators by embarking on a History lesson on the Plant Forum.  ;)
Suffice it to say that calling the present building a castle is generous in the extreme, it's a fortified keep. It was built in 1454 and stands on the site of an earlier castle, possibly erected around 1210. In that year the Lusignon King of Cyprus, Hugh I, had given a vast tract of land, stretching from Paphos to Limassol and up into the foothills of the Troodos Range, to the Order of St John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitallers). Following the fall of Acre in 1291 they were forced to move to Cyprus and in 1302 established their HQ in Kolossi. It officially became the site of their military administration, called Commandary, in 1380. What happened to the original castle is uncertain but the present one was erected in 1454 by the then Grand Commander, Louis de Magnac. The Grand Master of the Order had moved to the island of Rhodes in 1310, where his magnificent palace can be seen today.
As regards the sugar, it is believed that sugar cane was brought to the Middle East from Asia by Arab traders in the 10thC. It came to the attention of northern Europe via the Crusaders. Until then honey had been the main source of sweetener in that part of the world. When the Hospitallers moved to Cyprus they brought sugar cane with them and grew it in large areas of their vast land holdings. The sugar mill and associated factory date from the 14thC. The mill was powered by water brought from the nearby Kouris river. Three types of sugar were produced and depended on how many times the product was boiled; pulvere di zucchero - pure, refined sugar powder; zamburo - less refined and molassa - a syrupy mass. However, due to a variety of factors sugar production declined in the 16thC.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 05, 2016, 12:35:12 PM
Talking about sugar cane this 1938 stamp from Fiji appears to depict sugar cane, Saccharum officinarum
The series was called ' Local Motifs'
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 08, 2016, 08:54:25 AM
This stamp issued by Finland in 1997 depicts Prunus padus, Bird Cherry, Hackberry, Hagberry, Mayday tree.
I did say I would only post photos of stamps showing plants  mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and this tree is mentioned in the journal number 49, July 2007 on pages 53 and 54.
Sitting down to re read the article REPLACING TREES AFTER A FOREST FIRE By Peter Eaton I discovered that Prunus padus is in two lists of trees and their characteristics but there is no information about this tree, I wonder why?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 10, 2016, 08:24:33 AM
Phoenix dactylifera - Date Palm
The stamp of the day, issued in 1947,  is from
COTE FRANCAISE DES SOMALIS - FRENCH SOMALI COAST.
The photo is from a 'farm' near Alexandria, Egypt.

Phoenix dactylifera is mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, the first time in the first  issue of the journal.
Number 1, Summer 1995.
PALMS IN GREECE by Panayiotis Marselos
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 13, 2016, 08:58:41 AM
Dendrobium hellwigianum
In 1993 the ROYAL MAIL brought out the stamp series ORCHIDS.
My friend, living near Edinburgh, Scotland sent me the presentation pack.

I didn't expect to find a reference to this kind of Orchid in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN so was happy to read that Dendrobium orchids were mentioned in passing in one or two articles.

Number 79, January 2015.
LET THERE BE LIGHT by Caroline Davies.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 14, 2016, 08:47:43 AM
Paphiopedilum maudiae ' Magnificum'
The second stamp in the Royal Mail series 'Orchids',which came out in 1993.

A green slipper orchid is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 53, July 2008 on page 35.

MADEIRA: THE FLOATING GARDEN by Stella Harding & Megan Toms
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 15, 2016, 07:33:04 AM
Cymbidium lowianum
The third stamp of the Royal Mail series 'ORCHIDS' was issued to commemorate the 14th World Orchid Conference  held in Glasgow in 1993

A reference to Cymbidium orchids is can be found in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 15, winter  1998/9 on page 43
'PERLITE': HOW TO USE by John Calderwood.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 16, 2016, 07:37:36 AM
Vanda 'Rothschildiana'
The fourth stamp in the UK series ORCHIDS.

I found Vanda orchids  mentioned once in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN in an article written by Carol Hawes
FAVOURITE CLIMBERS IN OUR
GARDEN ON THE COSTA BLANCA

Issue number 76, April 2014, page 25

Writing  about Thunbergia grandiflora she says "the best flowers hang in long, endlessly- elongating racemes below the canopy of branches, where they remind me of those of the  Vanda orchids"

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 17, 2016, 07:33:48 AM
A second attempt at sending this post
The fifth and last stamp of the Royal mail series ORCHIDS depicts Dendrobium vexillarius.
The text of the presentation pack informs me that vexillarius means ' standard bearer'

Dendrobiums, in general, and their growing medium are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN January 2006 , number 43, page 25
GARDENING IN POTS IN MELBOURNE
by Caroline Davies

The photo is of a dendobium I saw a couple of years ago when I was taken for breakfast to a garden center somewhere in the wilds of Essex, UK.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 18, 2016, 11:57:12 AM
Euphorbia pulcherrima, Poinsettia,Αλεξανδρινό
SEASON'S GREETINGS from this stamp issued by the USA.
The stamp was one of two which came out in December,1985.

There are many references to Poinsettia in THE MEDIRTTERRANEAN GARDEN one being in issue number  6, Autumn 1996, page 44.

THE GARDEN IN AUTUMN  by Jenny Bussey

The photo is of Poinsettia ready for sale last year.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 19, 2016, 07:20:03 AM
The Royal Mail brought out a stamp series in 2002 named CHRISTMAS.

There are five stamps in the series featuring plants used to decorate homes in northern Europe during the Chrismas season.
They might not all be referred to in THE MEDITERREANEAN GARDEN but I will ignore my self made rule for this series.

IVY Hedera is mentioned in TMG number 22, October 2000, page 55.
 A DOZEN MISHAPS  by Christopher Wieschus
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 20, 2016, 06:24:26 AM
HOLLY, European Holly, Ilex aquifolium

Another stamp from the Royal Mail series CHRISTMAS which came out in 2002.
Since I don't have any photos of Holly a friend of mine, living in Leeds, UK, kindly went out looking for Holly bushes to snap, in 2011 and this month.

Ilex aquifolium is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 72, April 2013, page 9.
JERUSALEM'S BOTANICAL GARDENS by Michael Avishai
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on December 20, 2016, 09:56:51 AM
Hilary, as your friend may have told you, the holly berries have been really abundant in England this year. That's supposed to be a sign of a hard winter coming, but at the moment it's really mild here...
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 21, 2016, 09:09:53 AM
CONES.  The 68 p stamp of the 2002 Royal Mail  series CHRISTMAS just says CONES, meaning in general.

It is amazing how many cones there are scattered round the house.
Here are some photos of a few of them.
In my pine cone painting days we used to go to a park in Loutraki where large cones could always be found.
The large pine cone was picked up in a church yard while at a christening or wedding.
These cones of Pinus peuce, Macedonian pine, please correct me if I am wrong, were picked up outside a restaurant on a mountain outside Sofia, Bulgaria.

Cones are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN mostly as a fire hazard.
TMG issue number 44,April 2006, page 41
NOTES FROM BEHIND THE FIRE HOSE by Peter Eaton.

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 22, 2016, 07:46:20 AM
The 2002 Royal Mail stamp series includes FIR  and the text of the presentation pack writes about various FIR trees.

Since I live in Greece the photo is of the Greek fir Abies cephalonica growing in the mountains above Stymphalia lake in the northern Peloponnese.

There are no references to this fir tree in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  but it is mentioned twice in the articles about the Greek Branch activities on this website.
 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 23, 2016, 07:49:21 AM
MISTLETOE, Viscum album, European Mistletoe shown on one of the stamps in the Royal Mail series of 2002 CHRISTMAS.

They used to sell Mistletoe  and Holly here in Corinth along with 'real ' Christmas trees but this year there is not a single branch or tree to be had. I thought I would buy some mistletoe to take a photo but no luck. So the photo is of some 'pearl' and tin mistletoe a talented friend of mine made years ago.

Several years ago, on a bus trip, we were on a minor road between Rentina and the road which connects Carpenissi with Lamia. The road passes through a forest of tall pine tree, many of which sported Mistletoe. As it is with bus trips you can see interesting things to snap but don't have the opportunity to do so.
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Post by: Hilary on December 23, 2016, 08:21:21 AM
Mistletoe is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 31, January  2003, on page 58.
THE 2002 AGM IN CALIFORNIA by Freda Cox
In the San Jacinto Mountains
Quote
Diverse species of mistletoe grow on different trees.
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Post by: Charithea on December 23, 2016, 04:26:20 PM
Hilary, thank you for taking the time to find out all these interesting stamps and posting them for us to enjoy. They are also so seasonal. By the way the palm tree stamp and I share the same birth year. Χρόνια πολλά .
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Post by: Hilary on December 23, 2016, 06:00:08 PM
Glad you are enjoying the stamps. I am having a lot of fun with them.
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Post by: Hilary on December 26, 2016, 11:49:54 AM
This stamp from GRENADINES OF ST VINCENT came out for Christmas in 1980.

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Mary and de baby weary:
Oh, we know what weary be.
So we make a bed
and pillow for dey head
With down from de Bar- Fleur tree.

I have nor been able to find a reference anywhere to the Bar- Fleur tree but on looking up trees which grow in the Caribbean I came across Kapok, Ceiba pentandra which sounds correct for the verse.

kapok is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 31, January 2003, on page 52
THE 2002 AGM IN CALIFORNIA  by Freda Cox
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Post by: Alisdair on December 27, 2016, 08:47:32 AM
What a lovely stamp, Hilary - and what a find at this time.
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Post by: Hilary on December 27, 2016, 12:22:19 PM
The last stamp which I have  of the season, again a Poinsettia, Αλεξανδρινό,Euphorbia pulcherrima
This stamp was issued by Egypt, UAR, in 1969.

Poinsettias are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  and I have chosen one issue at random, number 59, January 2010, page 12.
MISS GERTRUDE JEKYLL AND MEDITERRANEAN PLANTS
by Michael Tooley

The photo is of a tall bush growing in a yard here in Corinth.
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Post by: Hilary on December 28, 2016, 05:23:35 PM
Rosa
This stamp was issued by Germany in 2003.
It says greetings and depicts a pink rose.
Looking through my selection of rose photos I came across this one, a pink rose and an out of focus fly.

As you can imagine roses are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
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Post by: Hilary on December 29, 2016, 09:58:49 AM
Another German stamp depicting a flower, this one issued in 2006 and showing Dianthus carthusianorum , Kartausernelke, Charterhouse Pink, Carthusian Pink.

Mentioned in one of this year's   THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 85, July 2016 page  28.
GARDEN GEMS IN A COUNTRY TOWN by Fleur Pavlidis.

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Post by: Hilary on January 03, 2017, 11:21:13 AM
Paphiopedilum hybridum
This flower is depicted in a series issued by Hungary in 1965.
The series is named  FLOWERS- BOTANICAL GARDEN

Paphiopedilum is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN so I am including this stamp in this thread.
TMG issue number 53, July 2008, page 35.

MADEIRA : THE FLOATING GARDEN
by Stella Harding & Megan Toms
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Post by: Hilary on January 05, 2017, 09:23:38 AM
Strelitzia reginae- Bird of Paradise plant.

This stamp was issued by Hungary in 1965 in a series named FLOWERS - BOTANICAL GARDEN.

There are many references to the Bird of Paradis in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, one of which is in issue number 4, Spring 1996, page 12.
A GARDEN IN AGRILI by Irmtraud Gotsis

The photo is of a very windblown plant in Loutraki, Corinthia.
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Post by: Hilary on January 07, 2017, 07:32:53 AM

 Dick Findlay made 71 paintings for the South Africa postage stamp authority, many of which are of Protea
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Biography
Born Richard (Dick) Findlay in Pretoria, 1928. Trained as an artist, he became a prolific ornothological painter and visual artist, especially in water colour, and besides numerous exhibitions, his artworks have been displayed in numerous bird and mammal books. In addition he designed a famous series of South African postage stamps and several coins.

His images have appeared in ten books and more than 50 different periodicals. Publications include the First Folio of South African Birds (with Alan Bird, 1959), A Folio of South African Animals (1967), ,and the illustrations for a prestigious reprint of The Soul Of The Ape and The Soul Of The White Ant by Eugène N. Marais. He also did a mural for the orignal Jan Smuts Airport in Johannesburg.



The first stamp in the series FLORA - PROTEA PLANTS,issued in 1977 depicts Protea repens

There are many references to Protea in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. Today I will send you looking for issue number 71, January 2013, page 17
KIRSTENBOSCH  BOTANICAL GARDEN   by Margaret Johnston
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Post by: Hilary on January 07, 2017, 12:27:40 PM
Protea
A bonus photo
A friend of mine, who Lives in london, has just sent me this photo of some  flowers which  a friend of hers, who is from South Africa, gave her
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Post by: Hilary on January 09, 2017, 12:51:16 PM
Allium sphaerocephalum Round - headed leek

In the stamp series issued  by the Royal Mail in 2009 , PLANTS, UK SPECIES IN RECOVERY, only one is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN

TMG number 3, Winter1995/6, page 34
HOME GROWN VARIETIES by Derek Toms
In this article there are lists and lists of plants which can be grown in a Mediterranean garden .

I quote from the stamp series presentation pack
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ROUND-HEADED LEEK Allium sphaerocephalum was first discovered in 1847, in the Avon Gorge near Bristol. It has since been introduced in a very few, scattered locations.

The photo was sent to me by a friend who lived in Yorkshire and she had seen this plant in a garden of a stately home
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Post by: Hilary on January 14, 2017, 07:20:03 AM
Protea punctataThe second stamp in the 1977 series issued by South Africa and designed by Dick Francis.
One of its common names is Cup-and - Saucer Sugarbush.

Protea are mentioned many time in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
In TMG number 5, Summer 1996 in the article THE VILLA THURET, CAP D'ANTIBES by Joanna Millar
I quote the reference.
Quote
Sophia Antipolis [ where they are growing Proteas with a view to commercialising then for the private buyer] 
 
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Post by: Hilary on January 14, 2017, 07:23:39 AM
Sorry, the artist was, of course, Dick Findlay
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Post by: Hilary on January 20, 2017, 03:40:25 PM
Wheat Triticum
This stamp was issued in 1916 by Hungary, which was technically a kingdom  at the time.

The series is named  THE REAPER

Several kinds of cereal grow in Hungary so I chose wheat as there seems to be no information on the subject of the corn THE REAPER is reaping.

Since wheat is mentioned a few times  times in passing in various articles in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I picked one at random

Issue number 28, April 2002 on page 53
MORE REFLECTIONS FROM APHRODITE'S ISLE by John Joynes
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Post by: Hilary on January 21, 2017, 08:19:18 AM
Protea cynaroides The King Protea
Depicted on the 5c stamp from the 1977 South Africa series FLORA - PROTEA PLANTS

Protea are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, the article I chose to read is in issue number 16, Spring 1999.

TSITSIKAMMA GARDENING by Anda Wayland.

The cover drawing, by Margaret Johnston,  of issue number 71, January 2013 is of Protea cynaroides
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Post by: Hilary on January 28, 2017, 08:41:02 AM
Protea lorea- Thong-leaf sugarbush.
Another stamp from the 1977 South African series FLORA, PROTEA PLANTS.

Looking for some information about this plant I came across
Quote
A shrublet forming mats up to 1m across.

Proteas are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Today I refer you to issue number 51, January 2008.
FIRES IN MEDITERRANEAN AREAS OF THE WORLD:
LIVING WITH THE INEVITABLE by B.W.van Wilgen
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Post by: Hilary on January 29, 2017, 08:50:43 AM
Magnifera indica, Mango
This stamp was issued by India in a series named  LOCAL MOTIFS in 1965.

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 70, October 2012,
 THE IDLE THIRD TERRACE: TROPICAL EXPERIMENTS IN MALLORCA, PART 2,  by Jaime Ruiz, you can read about the successful attempts the author made to grow Magnifera indica along with other tropical plants
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Post by: Hilary on January 30, 2017, 07:37:49 AM
Reforestation in India. This stamp was issued in India during  the period of 1984 - 1988.
I wasn't able to find out just which trees they used in the campaign but did find this information on WIKIPEDIA

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India[edit]
 
Afforestation in South India
India has witnessed a minor increase in the percentage of the land area under forest cover from 1950 to 2006. In 1950 around 40.48 million hectares was covered by forest. In 1980 it increased to 67.47 million hectares and in 2006 it was found to be 69 million hectares. 23% of India is covered by forest.[8] The forests of India are grouped into 5 major categories and 16 types based on biophysical criteria. 38% of forest is categorised as subtropical dry deciduous and 30% as tropical moist deciduous plus other smaller groups. It is taken care that only local species are planted in an area. Trees bearing fruits are preferred wherever possible due to their function as a food source.


Another entry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trees_of_India gives an illustrated list of Trees of India.

A few of these trees grow in the pavements of Corinth, see photos, two of them were identified for me by this Forum
Many of the trees of India are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
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Post by: Alisdair on January 30, 2017, 09:11:23 AM
Hilary, is the Ziziphus ("Indian jujube") one that you've seen as a street tree in Corinth?
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Post by: Hilary on January 30, 2017, 05:24:18 PM
Alisdair
Oron had identified this small tree for me .
If you search Ziziphus in the Forum you will find a long discussion.

I looked at the Trees of India site and quote what they write under the photo of the tree.


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Jujube Tree-- Ziziphus mauritiana -- बदरी (Badarī) in Sanskrit; बेर in Hindi; बोर in Marathi; Kul in Bengali)

Hope this answers you question
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Post by: Hilary on January 31, 2017, 08:36:23 AM
Silene vulgaris, Bladder campion.

Jorun Tharaldsen, a MGS member, kindly sent me some photos, by e mail, of some stamps depicting flowers   from India.
Anyone else wishing to do so is very  welcome, so far I have exhausted my  collection of flower/plant stamps up to the letter  I in the alphabet.

India issued this series, WILD FLOWERS OF INDIA, in 2013.

We could only find one reference to Silene vulgaris in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN in issue number 3 Winter 1995/96 in the article HOME GROWN VARIETIS by Derek Toms.

The photo was taken one April  morning in Mystras, Lakonia, when the hillside was one veritable Mediterranean garden
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Post by: Hilary on February 01, 2017, 08:59:18 AM
HIMALAYAN IRIS, Iris decora another stamp in the 2013 series WILD FLOWERS OF INDIA.

Inspired by the article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 59, January 2010, A MEDITERRANEAN ORCHARD IN THE CITY OF MADRID by Meye Maier my husband and I visited this park in 2011.

As it was the middle of the week and at the end of April, after the almond blossom season, we had the place to ourselves. There were many irises in bloom so I have included a photo of some of them here. Unfortunately I don't think we saw any Himalayan irises.
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Post by: Hilary on February 02, 2017, 08:42:02 AM
Rhododendron
The state flower of Himachal Pradesh in the WILD FLOWERS OF INDIA series issued in 2013.

Surprisingly the Rhododendron is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,  number 71, January 2013,
GARDENS, PLANTS, NEW FRIENDS: THE 2012 AGM IN AUSTRALIA By Alisdair Aird.

A friend of mine from Leeds sent me the photo of a very pink Rhododendron.

Now to be a little romantic
The last two were taken in 1962, on the 24th June to be precise, in Dundock Woods, near Coldstream, U.K.
It was my parents' Silver Wedding Anniversary
 
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Post by: Alisdair on February 02, 2017, 09:50:39 AM
As a sad footnote to Hilary's rhododendron stamp pictures (and my TMG mention of them):
The vireya rhodos which I grow in Sussex I keep in a shady area outdoors in summer, and under glass in winter where I keep them at not less than about 10 deg C minimum. They normally thrive (as they do with gardeners in southern Australia and in California who can give them humidity - including our current president Caroline Davies, in Melbourne). But a couple of weeks ago while I was away in Greece, in a spell of very cold weather here,  my greenhouse heating failed completely and the temperature dropped to minus eight. Most of them have lost most of their leaves and are looking very sorry for themselves, but now that the heating's fixed there are at least tentative signs of life, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed....
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Post by: Hilary on February 03, 2017, 08:20:07 AM
Gossypium & Oryza sativa  Cotton and Asian Rice
This stamp issued in 1951 by REPUBLIK INDONESIA depicts two agricultural products, cotton and rice.

There is plenty of rice and cotton grown in Greece but no one seems to grow it in their gardens.
The only reference I could find for cotton, apart from using cotton waste in compost,  was in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, issue number 76, April 2014,
SOME MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS ON THE BLACK SEA  by David J. Bracey

A search for rice in the MGS turned up many links to cooking with rice.

I have never seen rice growing so no photo, however, I do have a photo of cotton taken in 1966 at Kastanies on the far north eastern border of Greece
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Post by: John J on February 03, 2017, 10:39:34 AM
Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) was grown in Cyprus, and was a main export, into the 1950s. A Technical Bulletin on the Performance of Selected Cotton Varieties under Cyprus Conditions by C M Josephides released by the Agricultural Research Institute in December 1989 can be seen at http://news.ari.gov.cy/publications/tb111-josephides.pdf.
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Post by: Hilary on February 04, 2017, 07:29:40 AM
Protea mundii Yet another stamp from the 1977 South African series  FLORA, PROTEA PLANTS.

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  does not mention this plant in particular but Proteas in general in
ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA by Melanie Dawe, issue number 49, July 2007.

Photographs illustrating this article can be seen on the MGS website

While searching the internet looking for more information on this plant I came across this article
http://pza.sanbi.org/protea-mundii
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Post by: Hilary on February 05, 2017, 09:43:05 AM
Citrus sinensis -Orange
In 1950 Italy issued a stamp series ITALY AT WORK designed by C.Mezzana.
Read all about him  and others in the following link, in Italian.
http://www.lafilatelia.it/images/stories/album/regno_1929_1931.pdf

This is the first stamp of three I have showing agricultural trades
LE ARANCE {SICILIA} - THE ORANGES {SICILY}

The first photo shows some trees near Argos in January 2004.  When the farmers know that the temperature is going to drop below zero they spray the trees with water. I suppose the theory is that the water freezes and not the fruit.

The second photo is of picking oranges last year in Magoula, Lakonia.

There is an interesting article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 18, Autumn 1999.
A COLLECTION OF RARE OR HARDY CITRUS CULTIVARS  by Christopher Wieschus

Title: Re: Protecting orange trees against frost by spraying water
Post by: Alisdair on February 05, 2017, 10:49:19 AM
That picture of the icicles hanging from an apparently undamaged orange tree is amazing, Hilary!
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Post by: Hilary on February 06, 2017, 09:08:51 AM
Vitis - Grape vine
This stamp from the 1950  series, ITALY AT WORK, depicts the vintage with a background of the Castel del Monte
LA VENDEMMIA { PUGLIA}= THE VINTAGE {APULIA}

I don't have any photos of the vintage but do have one showing women pruning/κορυφολόγηση the vines near Corinth  from spring 1966 ot 7 .

The last photo is of the vines and Akrokorinthos. This area is densly built up with houses now.

The article I chose from THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN to accompany this post is in issue number 6, Autumn 1996, A WINE-MAKING ESTATE IN ATTICA by  Caroline Harbouri
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Post by: Hilary on February 07, 2017, 07:11:54 PM
Olea europaea, Olive tree
This stamp from the 1950 series, ITALY AT WORK, depicts the olive harvest with a background of the Temple of Hera at Metaponto.
LE OLIVE { BASILICATA}, THE OLIVES

the photo of the olive grove was taken at the AlsoS Goudes , Sparta.
The unripe olives were snapped at Xylokeriza, near Corinth.

There are many articles about olives in both  the MGS website and in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I have chosen ORGANIC OLIVES by Chevrel Traher in issue number 47, January 2007.
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Post by: Hilary on February 08, 2017, 08:38:18 AM
FESTA DEGLI ALBERI - FESTIVAL OF TREES
This Italian stamp was issued in 1951 and depicts a reforestation campaign.

Quote
Albero secolare fra due sfondi ispirati al rimboschimento
.
very roughly translated I take  to mean
 An ancient tree between two reforested areas which are in the background.

The leaves of the tree remind me of an oak tree so I chose Quercus frainetto , Italian oak to illustrate this post.
The photo was taken by my son M who visited, together with his family, the Foloi oak forest, Δρυοδάσος Φολόης  in  spring last year.

Reforestation is mentioned a few times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.  Today I chose 
 TROODOS BOTANICAL GARDEN  'A.G. LEVENTIS' By John Joynes in issue number 75, January 2014.
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Post by: Hilary on February 09, 2017, 05:47:55 PM
Chrysanthemum
I felt like posting a stamp from a more exotic country  today.
These two stamps were issued by Japan
The first with the Chrysanthemum Flower Seal, at the top,  in 1947
The second without the Chrysanthemum from 1947-49
Both stamps depict flowers, leaves and birds.

The photo was taken of a Chrysanthemum from a pot, one of those bought plants which never last after the end of the season.

There are many references to wild Chrysanthemum in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, however,  I did find one to cultivated plants[ probably] in issue number 60, April 2010.
THE JEKELL SISTERS AND THE EDEN GARDEN  by Ida Tonini
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Post by: Hilary on February 10, 2017, 08:36:12 AM
Palm trees
This Japanese stamp was issued between 1942 - 1945.
It depicts some Palm trees with a background of a large area of the West Pacific Ocean.

Searching for  information about Palm trees in Japan, I came across this  interesting article

http://www.trebrown.com/articles/blog/the-native-palms-of-the-ryukyu-islands-of-japan/

Three of the Palm trees which grow on these islands are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 32, April 2003

PALMS SUITABLE FOR MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATES ROUNDTHE WORLD by Richard Dight
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Post by: Hilary on February 11, 2017, 09:04:31 AM
Protea roupelliae- Hamilton's Silver Sugarbush
Another stamp from the South African 1977 series FLORA, PROTEA PLANTS.

This plant is on the Red List, endangered species,  of South African plants 
http://redlist.sanbi.org/species.php?species=799-122

Another reference to Protea is in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 27, January, 2002.
A WATERWISE GARDEN AT KIRSTENBOSCH  by Liesl van der Walt
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Post by: Hilary on February 13, 2017, 08:59:33 AM
Cicada.
A stamp issued by Japan in 1977.
And a poem written by Matsuo Basho who lived in the 1600s

A CICADA SHELL
 A cicada shell,
 it sang itself
    utterly away.


As you can imagine, there are many references to the sound of the cicadas as people walk through their gardens in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I have chosen
 A WALK ON MONT SAINT CYR:
A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN IN THE MAKING? by Francois Travert , in issue number 74, October 2013.
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Post by: Hilary on February 14, 2017, 08:21:17 AM
Camellia japonica
This stamp was issued by Japan  in a series named FLOWERS in 1980-81.

Of the two photos I am posting one is from  Madrid and the other from San Sebastian, on the Bay of Biscay.

In issue number 22, October 2000 of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN there is an article by Virginia Scaretti
CAMELLIAS GALORE IN LAZIO
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Post by: Alisdair on February 14, 2017, 09:03:16 AM
Hilary, I thought you might like this picture of an enormous camellia in full flower in freezing temperatures at Glendurgan Garden in Cornwall, taken four days ago (Helena and I were taking Maria Sansoni, head of the German-speaking MGS branch, round some West Country gardens - extraordinarily chilly!)
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Post by: Hilary on February 15, 2017, 09:38:14 AM
Triticum - Wheat
This stamp was issued by Bahawalpur in 1949 to celebrate
the 25th anniversary of the reign of Sadeq Mohammad Khan V.

Looking for a photo of wheat I remembered that we had a corn dolly in a cupboard.
There used to be a woman selling these corn dollies at the bridge over the Corinth Canal.
I wonder if she is still there?

Wheat is mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN mostly in connection with times past
I chose issue number 9, Summer 1997.
THE MEDITERRANEAN FLORA AND ITS GARDEN USE:
THE FLOWERING PARADISE THE TOURIST SEEKS
by Heidi Gildemeister
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Post by: Hilary on February 16, 2017, 08:22:17 AM
Adenium somalense synonym Adenium obesum
Desert Rose
Somalia issued this stamp in 1956-59 in a series  named FLORA.
This plant grows in the wild in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

I was so sure that this plant would not be mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN that I did not do my homework. How wrong could I be? It is mentioned at least twice. Read
REPORT FROM VIETNAM :NOT AT ALL MEDITERRANEAN by Michael Turner in issue number 50, October 2007.
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Post by: Hilary on February 21, 2017, 11:49:26 AM
Prunus serrulata - Japanese Cherry
Japan issued this stamp in 1961 in a series FLORA, FAUNA AND LOCAL   MOTIFS.
The name of the tree was not given but I looked up Japanese cherry and this is what came up.

The photo was taken in April 2015 in Paris.

Japanese cherries are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  in issue number  84, April  2016.
HISTORIC GARDENS OF LAZIO- POST-AGM EXCURSION by Katherine Greenberg.

The article is also on the MGS website with photographs by David Parker
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Post by: Hilary on February 21, 2017, 11:50:52 AM
Wow it went !
I re-sized the photos to well below the 130 you recommended
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Post by: Alisdair on February 21, 2017, 01:46:40 PM
... and they've come out very clear, even at that size. But now that the fault has been fixed, you can safely use the 250kb limit again.
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Post by: Hilary on February 22, 2017, 07:37:45 AM
Crinum scabrum
Another stamp issued by Somalia in 1956-59 in the series FLORA

Crinum are mentioned several times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
 I chose this article to read A VISIT TO MALLORCA, JUNE 2001 by Freda Cox
In issue number 26, October 2001.
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Post by: Hilary on February 23, 2017, 07:31:12 AM
Gagea reticulata
Kuwait issued a series of stamps in 1983 named DESERT FLOWERS AND PLANTS.
Although there is no information given as to which flowers the stamps portray I have decided that this one is Gagea reticulata,  which grows in the desert.

The photo is of Gagea fibrosa  snapped in the pine woods near here and identified for me by this Forum.

Gagea reticulata is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 65, July, 2011 in the article written by David Wheeler COLOURS AND CONTRASTS IN ISRAEL
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Post by: Hilary on February 24, 2017, 05:53:03 AM
Protea aristata - Ladismith sugarbush
This 10c stamp from the 1977 South Africa series FLORA, PROTEA PLANTS
Is on the 'vulnerable' list of plants.
Here is a new word for  me , obconic.

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The beautiful, reddish pink flowerhead is obconic (inverted cone) to bell-shaped, is 110140 mm long and 100120 mm wide.

A reference to Protea is in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 78, October 2014
MY GARDENING PHILOSOPHY by Anda Wayland
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Post by: Hilary on February 25, 2017, 09:12:15 AM
Protea eximia - Duchess Protea
A stamp from the 1977 series issued by South Africa  named FLORA, PROTEA PLANTS.

The photo was taken in South Africa around 1962. The plant might or might not be Protea eximia

As I have said before Protea are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
If you haven't already read it go to issue number 59, January 2010 and read
THE STORY OF STORMS RIVER HOMESTEAD, A WOODLAND GARDEN IN SOUTH AFRICA.
by Anda Wayland
There are photos which illustrate this article on the MGS website
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Post by: Hilary on February 26, 2017, 07:27:27 AM
Olea europaea
This stamp was issued by Italy in 1951 with the title of  AIRPLANE OVER BELL TOWER, ROME.
 Since it looked more like an  olive branch against the  sky to me we went out last Sunday to take a photo of a Greek olive branch.
The sky was a uniform grey, not the bright blue we are used to.

From the many articles about Olive trees and olives in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  I chose
THE MUSEUM OF THE OLIVE AND GREEK OLIVE OIL by John Rendall in issue number 41, July 2005.

Photos, taken by Jay Rendall, of this museum to illustrate the article can be found on the MGS website.
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Post by: Hilary on February 27, 2017, 08:42:24 AM
Gossypium - Cotton
A stamp issued in 1949 by Bahawalpur to celebrate the
25th Anniversary of the Reign of  Sadeq Mohammad Khan V.
Since I don't have another photo of a cotton plant I have included a snap of cotton material instead.

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 6, Autumn 1996 there is an article about a caterpillar which affects Hibiscus
THE COTTON SPINY BOLLWORM Earias insulana by Richard Dight.
Now I know why the buds of my Hibiscus plant kept dropping off
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 28, 2017, 10:13:34 AM
Olea europaea Olive tree.

This stamp was issued by Italy in 1945 and depicts someone planting an Olive tree.

We used to have a tiny piece of land where we planted fifteen trees, seven of which were Olive trees.
Here son M is making some comment about the tree being planted, in 1975.

The third photo shows the trees  as they are now. After years of being abandoned to their own devices they are now enclosed in a new fence and being well looked after. We paid them a visit last week and were glad to see that the trees had been tidied up and the land cleared but were also sad that the new fence barred us from going in and talking to them.

The article I have chosen from THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN to illustrate this post is from issue number 34, October 2003.
PRUNING OLIVE TREES by Brian Chatterton


Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 01, 2017, 07:19:07 AM
Sasakia charonda Japanese emperor, Great purple emperor.
This stamp was issued by Japan in 1956 and depicts the National Butterfly of Japan.

I know this butterfly does not flutter around in Mediterranean gardens but I did so want to recommend the article written by Melissa Hamilton, GOING NATIVE, where she  explains how to make the garden into a retreat for local wildlife, butterflies, insects, bees, birds and bats to name a few.

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 83, January 2016
This article, illustrated with photos, can also be found  on the MGS website
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 02, 2017, 06:11:11 AM
Lilium candidum
This stamp was issued by Israel in 1963 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Independence.

The photo was taken in a friend's garden in Ancient Corinth.

In THE FLORA OF OTTOMAN GARDENS II
FLOWERING PLANTS.
 Nicholas Stavroulakis mentions that
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Lilies [ Zambak ]
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are known to have been in Ottoman gardens

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN , number 11, Winter 1997/8
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on March 02, 2017, 10:59:06 AM
Gosh, how beautifully your friend grows these lovely lilies, Hilary.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 04, 2017, 07:12:11 AM
Protea magnifica

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Protea magnifica has the second largest flower head after P. cynaroides, the king protea. The queen protea is one of the most attractive and sought after proteas. No picture can describe how strikingly beautiful and fluffy it is with flower head colour varying naturally. With its rounded bushy form, this protea will look great in any garden environment.

Protea are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 79, January 2015.
THE 2104 AGM: THE MAIN PROGRAMME, MENTON, COTE D'AZUR by Edith Haeuser.

There are also photographs to illustrate the article in the MGS website
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 05, 2017, 09:23:10 AM
Ananas comosus -  Pineapple
Issued  between 1986 and 2000 this stamp from Malaysia features a Pineapple plant.

A couple of winters ago I played around with a 'Theme a Day' photo task .
This one must have been 'Fruit Still Life'
We don't normally have a fresh pineapple in the house.

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 69, July 2012, Jaime Ruiz tells us about gardening in  Mallorca

THE IDLE THIRD TERRACE:
TROPICAL EXPERIMENTS IN MALLORCA, PART 1
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 06, 2017, 07:25:59 AM
Cerambyx cerdo -  Great Capricorn Beetle
This stamp was issued by Hungary  in 1954.
The beetle lives in old decaying trees.
Anyone interested in more information about it can read the short piece I copied from the Internet.


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CERAMBYX  CERDO
This is an obligate saproxylic species. This species lives in veteran trees which are currently in decline across Europe; regeneration of these trees is slow and there may still be a 'gap' during which time there would be very little suitable habitat available for this species.
It develops in Quercus. The larvae first develop under the bark of stressed living or dying trees, later burrowing deeper in the wood of sick, sun-exposed stems. The life cycle is at least three years, with pupation in late summer in the wood. Adults winter in the pupal cell and emerge in V-VIII, and are found on the host plants - it is predominantly a nocturnal and crepuscular species. In France trees (Quercus, Castanea) with traces ofC. cerdo usually have a diameter greater than 40 cm and are sun exposed. The species is below the altitude of 900 m. In Romania it has been reported from all type of oaks. In the south, it has been found in Quercus cerris, Quercus pubescens, Quercus pedunculiflora, and in the north, it has been found in Quercus robur, Quercus petraea. Adults became active from mid May, until August in mountains. During the day they are hidden inside holes, under bark, and during the evening they become active. In the European part of Turkey larvae are said to develop in Acer, Carpinus, Castanea,Cupressus, Fraxinus, Fagus, Platanus, Prunus, Salix, Quercus, Ulmus. Adults are active in VI-VII and the life cycle is three or four years (Canakcıoglu 1993).
In Hungary this species lives in thermophilous oak woods (mainly in turkey oak woods) in the hills and the lower mountain areas. Important populations occur in wood pastures and parklands where huge, old, solitary pedunculate oaks occur. 


How to provide homes for insects and beetles can be found in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 85, Jul7 2016.
GOING NATIVE: GARDEN DESIGN FOR WILDLIFE by Melissa Hamilton
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 06, 2017, 05:35:26 PM
Gentiana clusii - Gentian
A stamp from CESKOSLOVENSKO- CZECHOSLOVAKIA issued in 1960.
Designed by Karel Svolinsky and engraved by Ladislav Jirka.

Gentians are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 76, April 2014.

SOME MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS ON THE BLACK SEA by David J. Bracey

The photo is of a bookmark, one of my prized possessions, a gift my aunt brought for me from  Switzerland many years ago
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 07, 2017, 07:33:27 AM
Cyclamen europaeum
This flower is depicted on a stamp issued by Czechoslovakia in 1960

The article I have chosen for you to read today is in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, 56, April 2009.
CYCLAMEN: THE FLOWERS OF THE KOPELOULA
By Caroline Davis

The photo of a Cyclamen plant was taken one April in the pass through the Taygetus Mountain from Sparta to Kalamata. I have just named the photo Cyclamen not being sure of its Latin name.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 08, 2017, 06:30:02 AM
A butterfly today
Pieris rapae, Small cabbage white

This stamp was issued by Japan in 1980

An article about butterflies can be found in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,
Number  64, April 2011.

DONT LET THEM FLUTTER BY:
ENCOURAGE BUTTERFLIES INTO YOUR GARDEN
 By Joanna Millar
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 09, 2017, 06:56:25 AM
Brassica napus, Rapeseed
The same stamp as yesterday but featuring the flower of Brassica napus

By coincidence this plant is mentioned in the same issue of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN which I recommended yesterday  but in a different article

TMG number 64, April 2001
WHY ARE SO MANY SPRING FLOWERS YELLOW?
By D.J. Bracey
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 11, 2017, 09:20:26 AM
Protea grandiceps  - Rooisuikerbos

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"This is a very slow growing fynbos shrub that produces excellent, long lasting, red flowerheads, beautiful for garden display and as a cut flower, and with its broad blue-green leaves, it makes a perfect shrub for the fynbos garden."

Protea are mentioned in TMG number 24, April 2001
A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN FLOURISHES IN PENNSYLVANIA by R. William Thomas
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 12, 2017, 08:45:52 AM
Freesia Hybrid
To celebrate the fact that the first Freesia has opened on our balcony I am sending these photos of Freesia past and  a photo of a stamp issued by Poland in  1964.

Spoilt for choice to find an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  which mentions Freesia I have chosen
CAPE BULBS by Heidi Gildemeister in issue number 27, January 2002.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 13, 2017, 12:57:44 PM
Strix uralensis  Ural Owl
This stamp issued by Japan in 1979 was to commemorate THE INTERNATIONAL LETTER WRITING WEEK.
Somewhere, connected with this stamp, I found this phrase
"Steep Mountain and the Dark Dale "


I don't expect anyone gardening in the Mediterranean climate will see this owl but it does appear to live in the Dalmatian Alps according to the map of its  distribution.


Melissa Hamilton mentions owls in her articles GOING NATIVE in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN numbers 83 and 85

The nearest I have even been to an owl was when we picked up this china owl from a charity shop in Sherborne for next to nothing.


Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 15, 2017, 09:17:52 AM
Rather than start with the stamp and find an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN which refers to the subject, then look for a photo to accompany the stamp, I started the other way round.

Looking through TMG number 57, July 2009, which, so far, I have not referred to in this thread,  I came across
SOME DROUGHT TOLERANT FOOD PLANTS: PART II by Davis Bracey
There is a paragraph devoted to Maize Zea mays

The stamp was issued by South Africa in 1961

The photos were taken in September 1966 when I was on a bus trip to Kastanies in the very north east of Greece. I think it was  the first time I had ever seen maize, not to mention buffaloes
The photos were taken in the evening after the day's work had been done.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 16, 2017, 10:02:40 AM
Sorry no stamp or flower today but I couldn't resist posting this photo of two buffalo taken in 1966 at Kastanies in northeastern Greece

Bubalos bubalis - Greek Buffalo, Domesticated Water Buffalo

In 1966 there used to be over 40,000 buffalo in Greece.
Then a large number of Greeks  emigrated to Germany, Australia etc leaving the land unused for agriculture.

In 1981 the Buffalo population had dropped to 930 beasts.
Since then there has been an effort to increase the number  of buffalo  and by 2011 there were over 3000.

Not expecting to find any reference to buffalo in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I was surprised to read that
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the Nobel Prize winning poet Frederic Mistral met Buffalo Bill  in Provence
TMG issue number 44, April 2006.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 17, 2017, 08:46:39 AM
Chrysanthemum morifolium
China brought out a series of postage stamps featuring Chrysanthemums in 1960/1
This is one of them.

Since I don't have a photo of this kind of Chrysanthemum I snapped a piece of embroidered silk which, I hope,  depicts this flower.

There are many references to wild Chrysanthemums in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  but not many for the cultivated kind, although I am sure the gardens shine in the autumn with Chrysanthemum dispays.

Read TMG number 76, April 2014 SOME MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS ON THE BLACK SEA BY David  J, Bracey where he says
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The gardens and arboretum cover about 40 hectares spread over terraces and meandering paths with the standard cactus, palm, rose, bamboo, pond and chrysanthemum gardens
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Umbrian on March 17, 2017, 09:49:03 AM
It is interesting to reflect on the varying associations that flowers have in different parts of the world.
The Italian husband of a friend told us how horrified he was when, on entering the church in England for his wedding, he was confronted with floral decorations containing mainly Chrysanthemums. It was autumn and, in those far off days, they were the only flowers in ready supply.  In Italy Chrysanthemums are associated with funerals! Having nowhere to run, being far from home, he stood his ground and remains happily married to this day nearly 50 years on.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 18, 2017, 07:25:51 AM
Protea amplexicaulis
Yet another Protea. The English name being
Claspingleaf Sugarbush and the Afrikaans name being Aardroos

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This sprawling protea shyly hides its velvety flowerheads under its unusual grey-green, pink-margined leaves.
Protea amplexicaulis is a low-growing, sprawling shrub that varies in size and can grow up to 1.3 m in diameter, whereas the height remains under 500 mm. The plant more commonly grows close to the ground and has been spotted spilling over cliff faces, with dramatic effect.

The stamp was issued in 1977 by South Africa

The articles written about gardens in South Africa and which feature Protea can be found in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN numbers 16,27, 71and78.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Fermi on March 27, 2017, 06:18:53 AM
I found this link for pictures of stamps featuring Australian flora:
http://www.cpbr.gov.au/stamps/index.html (http://www.cpbr.gov.au/stamps/index.html)
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 27, 2017, 01:06:21 PM
That's really interesting. I only had a few stamps from Australia showing flowers and have posted them all on this thread,
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on March 27, 2017, 04:32:49 PM
Hi Hilary and Fermi. Many thanks for the 'stamp' series. I have been away from the Forum for several weeks because my computer was 'sick'. it has been repaired so I can take part again. Fermi your Australian link is very interesting.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 28, 2017, 05:50:27 AM
Tulipa
In 1977 the Royal Mail issued  a  stamp series named 'Greetings Stamps' featuring botanical drawings from times past.

The photo is of some dwarf Tulips which were blooming on our balcony last week.
I think I should have brought them into the shade at noon when the sun was hot.
They are all dried up now
We were very kindly sent these bulbs last year and I am pleased to say that all nine of them  produced flowers.

Tulips are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN in issue number 2, Autumn 1995.
THE GARDEN IN AUTUMN by Jenny Bussey
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 29, 2017, 06:27:01 AM
Fuchsia 'Princess of Wales'
A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1997.
I think the  photo was taken in Cornwall

if you read the article,
ROBERT GRAVES IN MALLORCA:
A 1930s GARDEN REBORN
by Leonard Pearcy
in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 49, July 2007,
you will see that Fuchsia are also grown in Mediterranean gardens.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on March 29, 2017, 07:35:00 AM
Thanks for sending me back to that article, Hilary, reminding me so much of my first real boss and a wonderful mentor, the late Eirlys Roberts, who as a young girl fresh out of college first worked as a researcher for Robert Graves at his Mallorca home.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 30, 2017, 03:47:56 PM
I do wonder if anyone is reading the articles I put forward. I enjoy reading them myself.
 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 30, 2017, 03:49:36 PM
Gazania splendens.
Yet another stamp from the Royal Mail series GREETINGS STAMPS issued in 1997.

The photo was taken at a lunch stop in October 2011 on the way to the north of Greece.

Gazania seems to be another one of those useful flowers beloved by roadside fast food shops and petrol stations.

You will find it in a long list of other useful plants in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  number 36, April 2004.
THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS,
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.
by Meg Bentley
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 31, 2017, 03:25:59 AM
Passiflora caerulea - Passion flower

Another stamp in the series named GREETINGS STAMPS issued by the Royal Mail in 1997

The photo was taken  in a garden in the village of Ancient Corinth

Read THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN , number 7, Winter 1996/7
GARDENING IN SOUTH-WEST FRANCE
by C.R.Illingworth

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Honeysuckle,Passiflora and scented jasmine clamber over the walls
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 01, 2017, 03:28:21 AM
Leucospermum cordifolium
A stamp from the 1977 series FLORA- PROTEA PLANTS issued by South Africa.
We even have an old postcard showing a Sugarbird sitting on the flower

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An added attraction during flowering time are the numerous birds found near the plants. In the early hours of the morning the abundant nectar flow attracts a variety of small insects, which in turn attract the Cape Sugar bird and three species of Sunbird. These insectivorous birds consume the small insects as well as the nectar, and in the process transfer pollen from one flower to the next. The flowers are not self-pollinating and depend on the  small Scarab beetles and the birds for pollination. The birds are accustomed to the visitor in the Gardens and provide great photo opportunities when feeding on the flowers

Although I didn't find a reference to this plant in TMG I did find a good photo on the main website of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY. Search for Leucospermum cordifolium  and it will send you to October 2013, The Southern California Branch
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 02, 2017, 06:04:30 AM
Gentiana acaulis  Stemless Gentian
Continuing with the Royal Mail series GREETINGS STAMPS issued in 1997, today we have the deep blue Gentian.

I took the photo in 1964 somewhere near Wilderswil, Switzerland.

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  number 76, April 2014 mentions Gentiana but I don't know if it is this one.
SOME MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS ON THE BLACK SEA
by David J. Bracey
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on April 02, 2017, 06:54:48 AM
There aren't that many plants that have truly blue flowers like this, without any hint whatsoever of pink or purple
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 03, 2017, 05:57:57 AM
Magnolia grandiflora
One more stamp from the Royal Mail series GREETINGS STAMPS issued in 1997.

The photo was taken of a Magnolia flower on a tree in the middle of a pavement in Sparta.
Magnolias are in flower once more in Sparta, in gardens, in public places and in the pavement outside a private house.I see I took this particular photo one June

You will find a M. grandiflora mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  number 12, Spring 1998.
CHATEAU DE LA GAROUPE by Joanna Millar and Juliet Walker
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 04, 2017, 12:28:08 PM
Hippeastrum rutilum
Continuing with the stamp series issued by the Royal Mail in 1977.

These flowers are sprouting  in many flower shops, pots on balconies and gardens at this very moment.

The photo of an Amaryllis was taken on a friend's balcony a couple of years ago.

How to deal with Amaryllis bulbs when they start dying down can be learned if you read
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 2, Autumn 1995
THE GARDEN IN AUTUMN by   Jenny Bussey
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - Magnolia flowers
Post by: Alisdair on April 05, 2017, 09:09:50 AM
Hilary, your photo shows clearly what an amazing food source those flowers are for the little bees - I'd never realised.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 06, 2017, 07:17:18 AM
Camellia japonica variegata

A stamp from the Royal Mail series issued in 1977.

The photo was taken in a small garden in Madrid.
  El Jardin del Principe de Anglona.

I found a reference to Camellia bushes in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 38, October 2004.
REFLECTIONS ON A FIRE GARDEN by Nancy Swearengen
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 07, 2017, 07:42:48 AM
Iris latifolia
My mother's favourite plant was the Iris.
This one in the 1977 Royal  Mail stamp series GREETINGS STAMPS  comes from the Pyrenees.

The photo is of an Iris which grows in the USA, Iris Louisiana, Black Gamecock, and which I snapped in a garden in Sparta.

Irises are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,
I refer you to issue number 2, Autumn 1995.
DOMAINE DU PRIEURE by Joanna Millar
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 08, 2017, 06:24:14 AM
Paranomus reflexus.

Yet another stamp from the series, FLORA, PROTEA PLANTS, issued by South Africa in 1977.

I quote from the very informative website 
https://www.plantzafrica.com/plantnop/paranomref.htm

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Paranomus reflexus is an unusual, decorative fynbos shrub with showy winter flowers; it is probably the best known paranomus but it is not often seen in gardens, yet it is as deserving of a place as its relatives, the pincushion and proteas. 

As I have said before the Protea plants of South Africa are mentioned in several issues of 
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Today I recommend issues number 16 and 59 both with articles written by Anda Wayland about gardening in South Africa




Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 09, 2017, 07:48:01 AM
Tulipa gesneriana - le Perroquet Rouge
The last stamp of the series GREETINGS STAMPS issued in 1997 by the Royal Mail.
I have never seen one of these frilly, feathery tulips so no photo.

Tulips are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I have chosen issue number 70, October 2012 for you, and me, to read today.
A CONVERSATION IN THE MOORISH GARDEN OF CREVILLENTE
By Pedro Jose Moya
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 10, 2017, 06:19:35 AM
U,K, GREETINGS stamps.
The whole 1977 series issued by the Royal Mail as it looks in the presentation pack.

In addition to the stamps there is a sheet of stickers to be used on the envelopes.

Magnolia, Irises, Tulips, Camellias Fuchsia, Gazania, Hippeastrum and Passiflora all to be found in Mediterranean gardens, I am not so sure about Gentians.

I had found references to all these plants in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  so just go back through the last ten + posts in this thread to find them.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 11, 2017, 08:11:19 AM
Narcissus Daffodils
This stamp is from the series FOUR SEASONS issued by New Zealand in 1982.
Unfortunately I only have the stamp for SPRING. Below is a quotation from the New Zealand Post. I wish all countries had such an informative website
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That New Zealand is a country of year-round beauty is amply illustrated by the four stamps forming this attractive Four Seasons Scenic stamp issue. The stamps each represent a facet of the New Zealand landscape at a particular time of the year. The winter and spring scenes are in the North Island and the summer and autumn scenes are from the South Island.
Issue information
Summer - 35c
This scene shows Kaiteriteri Beach near Nelson.  The beach is a popular resort attracting many tourists each summer.
Autumn - 40c
St Omar Park, Queenstown, which is situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, represents the colours of autumn beautifully.
Winter - 45c
The snow-capped Mt Ngauruhoe features on this Tongariro National Park scene.  This mountain is 2291 metres in height and is the most continuously active of New Zealand's volcanoes.
Spring - 70c
Spring is represented by a scene on a Wairarapa farm just after lambing- depicting new born lambs and their mothers grazing among brightly coloured daffodils in a lush green pasture

The photo of daffodils was taken one spring in the grounds of the New Castle, Sherborne.

For those of you waiting to read which article I am going to point you towards today, go to
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 21, July 2000.
MY GARDEN IN THE ADELAIDE HILLS by Margaret Paterson.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on April 11, 2017, 07:18:47 PM
By coincidence Hilary I'm going to put a narcissus picture on the MGS Facebook page heading tomorrow (Wednesday) - a lovely little heavily scented jonquil from the western Mediterranean, Narcissus assoanus (used to be called Narcissus requienii)
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 12, 2017, 06:05:58 AM
Narcissus

This stamp was issued in 2010 by the USA to celebrate the LUNA NEW YEAR, the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Tiger.

The photo is of a Narcissus tazetta growing happily in a friends garden, after we saved some bulbs from the bulldozer.

Narcissus- Daffodils are mentioned many times in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I am going to read, or should I say re read?
YELLOW: THE PRIMARY COLOUR OF WINTER
by Helene Pizzi in issue number 23, January 2001.

Looking forward to seeing the MGS Facebook page today, as everyday
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 13, 2017, 07:08:06 AM
Pulsatilla grandis,  LEANKOKORCSIN, Greater Pasque Flower
A stamp issued by Hungary in 1950 in a series named HUNGARIAN FLORA

I was surprised to find I had a photo of Pulsatilla vulgaris, Pasque Flower, in my collection.
The photo was taken in 2009 in the Alnwick Garden.

https://alnwickgarden.com/

The cover drawing of THE  MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, issue number  72, April 2013 is of Pulsatilla vulgaris and drawn by Megan Bozkurt

MOVING HOUSE by Freda Cox in issue number 42 of TMG, October 2005 mentions Pulsatilla vulgaris among many other plants
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 14, 2017, 09:42:50 AM
Syringa  vulgaris, Lilac
A stamp issued by the USA in 1993.

The nursery we visited last weekend, to replace a plant the cold snap  killed,  had several Lilac bushes for sale so, never one to miss an opportunity, I took a photo.

Lilac is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 17, Summer 1999.
LANDSCAPING MY GARDEN: PART II by Sue Goumas
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on April 14, 2017, 12:25:09 PM
Hi Hilary here is a photo of my lilac taken this morning on my ipad.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 15, 2017, 09:44:34 AM
Orthamnus zeyhei

The 2R stamp of the South Africa series
FLORA- PROTEA PLANTS  issued in 1977

I quote from
 http://pza.sanbi.org/orothamnus-zeyheri

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Orothamnus zeyheri Pappe ex Hook.f.
Family: Proteaceae
Common names: marsh rose, mountain rose (Eng.); vleiroos, bergroos (Afr.)
This is a slender, single stemmed, exquisite and rare fynbos shrub with exceptionally lovely, drooping rosy-red flowerheads borne in spring to summer.

Over the last few Saturdays I have mentioned  the many articles in various issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN where Protea are mentioned. All the articles are interesting and ,as you can imagine, most  were contributed by members from  South Africa.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 17, 2017, 10:38:25 AM
Fragaria vesca, Wild strawberries

The USA issued this stamp in a series named FRUITS in 1999.


The strawberries we are eating on a daily basis are by no means wild but delicious.
The photo was taken of some strawberries consumed last week and probably grown in the west Peloponnese

Strawberries are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and I have chosen issue number 80, April 2015, for you to read today.
OLD WAYS  by Frances Shaw
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 18, 2017, 06:33:17 AM
The strawberry photo
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 18, 2017, 06:39:17 AM
Cyclamen persicum
This stamp was issued by Poland in a series named GARDEN FLOWERS
 In 1964

The photo is of a group of Cyclamen we saw one winter morning at Karyes, Lakonia where we went to see the copy of the Caryatids.
I have mentioned this village before and you can read all about it here.
http://www.karyes.gr/

Cyclamen persicum are mentioned in 16 issues of
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I recommend number 52  April, 2008.
A GARDEN OVER TIME:
EVALUATING THE PAST, PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
by Heidi  Gildemeister
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 19, 2017, 06:33:03 AM
Camellia sinensis
This stamp was issued by India in 1965 and depicts a woman plucking the leaves from a tea plant.

I am told that the plant is Camellia sinensis
This link will tell you all you want to know about tea from India
http://www.teaboard.gov.in/

The photo is of loose tea bought in Greece

For those of you who are reading all the articles I keep recommending will have read

 
Quote
The hills surrounding Sochi are covered in tea plantations, orchards, vineyards and tobacco fields, as well as dense, warm temperate deciduous forests

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 76, April 2014.
SOME MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS ON THE BLACK SEA
by David  J. Bracey
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on April 19, 2017, 08:52:17 AM
I had to laugh at your tea-leaf photo, Hilary; what do the leaves foretell for us? :D
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 19, 2017, 09:48:03 AM
Εωερυ τηινγ ςιλλβε αλριγητ

See what happens when I use my husband's computer

Everything will be alright
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 20, 2017, 06:03:59 AM
Erythrina crista-galli

This stamp was issued by Uruguay 1954.
It depicts CEIBO, FLOR  NACIONAL
 Their National Flower, Erythrina crista- galli- Cockspur Coral Bean, Cry Baby

I quote from Tropical Plants of the World written by Jens G. Rohwer

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The cockspur coral bean is pollinated by birds. In order to attract them, the plant produces so much nectar that it often drips out of the flowers. For this reason, the plant is also referred to as"cry baby"

Now I have never knowingly seen this plant, which is amazing as it appears in 11 issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I chose the article POT PLANTS AND THE SAW by Caroline Harbouri in TMG number 66, October 2011
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Caroline on April 20, 2017, 08:25:43 AM
I saw this plant regularly when I lived in Buenos Aires, along the banks of the River Plate and elsewhere, and it was spectacular.  When I came back to NZ I tried to grow one here on the vineyard, but it never prospered.  My conclusion was that at certain times of the year Erythrina crista-galli needs more water than it got under my no-water regime.  Certainly in BA and across the river in Uruguay thunder-storms are very common in the summer.  Maybe one of our Argentinian members can comment?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 21, 2017, 06:09:32 AM
Tabebuia pentaphylla- Tabebuia rosea- White Cedar

This stamp was issued on May 1st, 1991 by the British Virgin Islands.
There were 17stamps in the series FLOWERS, unfortunately I only have the one. 

A small quotation from a book I have about tropical plants

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When cultivated in areas that are continuously humid, it does not shed its leaves all at once and flowers much more fragrantly. It also serves as a shade tree for coffee and cacao plantations

Various Tabebuia are mentioned in THE MEDITERREAN GARDEN and
I am directing you to issue number 81, July 2015  to read
LA MORTELLA: A LIFES WORK
By Maurizio Usai

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on April 21, 2017, 08:26:06 AM
Hilary, Maurizio, the author of the article you mention, will be leading the Mediterranean Garden Society tour to his island of Sardinia that starts at the end of this month (and that I'm looking forward very much to taking part in  :D)
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 21, 2017, 10:31:01 AM
And I am looking forward to reading your account of the trip
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 22, 2017, 05:31:38 AM
Leucadendron sessile, Sun Conebush, Western Sunbush

I quote from

 https://www.plantzafrica.com/plantklm/leucadensessile.htm

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Leucadendron sessile is an easy to-grow fynbos shrub that turns bright yellow during winter and spring. Leucadendrons are often overlooked, in favour of their close relatives, the proteas and pincushions, yet they are well worth a place in the garden as they are often easier to grow and have decorative brightly coloured foliage.

This is the last stamp I have of the series FLORA, PROTEA PLANTS issued by South Africa in 1977.
The stamps were designed by Dick Findlay who painted 71 stamps for the South African postal authorities between 1978 and 1991

There are many references to the Protea family in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
 all of which I have referred to in previous posts.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 23, 2017, 06:28:38 AM
Narcissus incomparabilis

This stamp was in the series GARDEN FLOWERS issued by Poland in 1964.

The Blacksmiths Needle, which stands on the Quayside in Newcastle upon Tyne, was made to commemorate all the blacksmiths who had worked in shipyards and factories on the Tyne.
Since one of my ancestors, apparently, was a blacksmith I thought I would add this photo of metal daffodils, one of the many objects on the needle.
The Quayside is now a very pleasant and interesting walk,
 
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Blacksmiths needle 1996
Blacksmiths Needle - Members of the British Association of Blacksmith Artists 1996
Location - Promenade
Materials - Forged Steel
Commissioned by - TWDC
The Needle is conical in form with six sections. Each section contains objects, which relate to one of the senses including the sixth. The objects were made in public forge-ins with a mainly maritime theme. The work was inaugurated in May 1997 by Evelyn Glennie, the percussionist ringing a bell which hangs inside the needle.

Narcissus are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I have chosen issue number 67 January, 2012   for you to read.
TO WATER OR NOT TO WATER?
WATERING PRACTICES AT SPAROZA by Caroline Harbouri
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 24, 2017, 06:09:57 AM
Helianthus Sunflower

A stamp issued by Yugoslavia in 1951 and 1952 depicting a woman harvesting sunflowers.

The photo was taken in July 1997 somewhere in Andalusia on our first trip to Spain.

There is a drawing, by Freda Cox, of a sunflower  in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 17, Summer 1999. Sunflowers are mentioned in several other issues of the journal, the one I have  chosen is in number 26, October 2001

A MALTESE GARDEN by Elizabeth Lochhead
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 25, 2017, 05:03:23 AM
Rosa, Forever

The United States Postal Service, USPS, seems to like issuing stamps featuring roses this one is called Forever and is dated 2011.
I don't know if this is the proper name for the rose or is it like diamonds which are also Forever

The photo of a white rose was taken one November in Sparta where many of the roads have roses growing in the central, narrow, island.

Looking down the very long list of roses in the Journal index on the MGS website
I came across a rose named Wedding Day
So today I am recommending that you read THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 61,
ROSES by Joanna Millar
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 26, 2017, 06:22:09 AM
Luscinia megarhynchos, Nightingale, Usignuolo, Rossignol
No flower today but a bird on a stamp issued by San Marino in 1960

Nothing much in the bird line to snap in the house, and then I remembered some pages which came from an old encyclopedia.
You can search to find the Nightingale among all the birds.

I was glad to see Nightingales mentioned by Robert Turner in his article HEARING A HEALTHY GARDEN
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 38, October 2004.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Umbrian on April 26, 2017, 06:51:27 AM
 The Nightingales are back with us - I heard the first beautiful trilling at the weekend. They always nest close to our post box that is situated at the start of the rough rough leading to the house.  They carry on singing even when I stop to look for post but I have never managed to get a sighting. We can lie in bed at night and hear their song - a treasured experience.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: David Dickinson on April 26, 2017, 09:13:50 AM
I came back from a long weekend in Naples yesterday feeling a little sad at having left friends behind.  In compensation I found our local Nightingale (or its offspring?) was back singing away in the field behind my garden. That cheered me up no end :-)
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 27, 2017, 06:28:13 AM
Leontopodium alpinum, Edelweiss

A stamp, featuring the Edelweiss, issued by Switzerland in 1944 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Numa Droz.

  I Googled Pro Juventute and found this.
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Pro Juventute is a charitable foundation in Switzerland established in 1912. It is dedicated to supporting the rights and needs of Swiss children and youth.
Since 1913, the Swiss post office has issued an annual charity stamp series to support the work of Pro Juventute.

I Googled Numa Droz also and read that he was a politician.

No photo of Edelweiss but a postcard from Switzerland.

You will find a reference to Edelweiss in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 87, January 2017.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016:
THE ATHENS PROGRAMME by Caroline Davies

The Edelweiss in question were seen and photographed in Kyrgyzstan

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 28, 2017, 07:31:26 AM
Papaver rhoeas, Corn poppy, Field poppy.

A stamp issued by Turkey in 1984 in a the series WILD FLOWERS

I took the photo in a friends garden a couple of weeks ago.

The cover of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 70, October 2012 is of poppies drawn by Megan Bozkurt.
In his article REDISCOVERING NATURE John Joynes adds Papaver rhoeas to his list of wild flowers growing on their property.
TMG issue number 22, October 2000
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 29, 2017, 03:33:21 PM
Cedrus libani
A stamp issued by Lebanon in 1952 depicting the famous Cedar of Lebanon.

The photo is of Cedrus deodara, a Cedar which grows in the Himalayas.

We saw this Cedar growing in a beautiful park in Bilbao where all the trees were, helpfully, labelled.

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN   number 85, July 2016, read about
THE TERRACED LANDSCAPES OF THE QADISHA VALLEY
 by Ann Semaan Beisch where the Cedars of Lebanon Forest is mentioned
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 03, 2017, 07:16:39 AM
Dianthus caryophyllus,  Carnation.

This stamp was issued by Turkey in 1960 in a series named SPRING FLOWER FESTIVAL

The photos are of Carnations growing in pots

Carnations growing in pots are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 42, October 2005.

THE LOST WORLD OF THE VILLA LOU SUEIL by Kathryn Bradley- Hole
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 04, 2017, 05:55:24 AM
Persea americana, Avocado

Barbados issued a stamp series of sixteen stamps in 2011 named
FLORA, LOCAL FRUITS.
Unfortunately I only have this one stamp from the series.

The photo is of two Avocado pears now ripe and ready for consumption

There are several references to Avocado in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Read ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2010, HANIA, CRETE by Martin Jones
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 05, 2017, 05:50:10 AM
Papilio  machaon, Old World Swallowtail

This self- adhesive stamp, designed by Marijke Meersman, was issued by Belgium in 2012

You can find the same butterfly on the chart from an old encyclopedia

There is a whole paragraph dedicated to Papilio machaon in
DONT LET THEM FLUTTER BY:
ENCOURAGE BUTTERFLIES INTO YOUR GARDEN
By Joanna Millar
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 64, April, 2011
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 06, 2017, 05:35:57 AM
Strelitzia reginae

Crane flower, Bird of Paradise, Kraanvoelblom

A stamp issued by South Africa in 1961

I quote from

https://www.plantzafrica.com/plantqrs/strelitziareginae.htm

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Strelitzia reginae is one of the most popular horticultural perennial around the world. It flowers for long periods with its vivid orange and bright purple /blue inflorences and is an ideal pot plant and cut flower subject.

The photo was taken at a local plant nursery.

The issue of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I am pointing you towards today is number 13, Summer 1998
THE VILLA EPHRUSSI ROTHSCHILD by Joanna Millar
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 07, 2017, 06:07:25 AM
Althea rosea. The accepted name is Alcea rosea- Hollyhock

This stamp, from Yugoslavia, was issued in 1961 and is one of a  series of nine named LOCAL FLORA.

The photo is of a Hollyhock which springs up every year in a narrow lane, here in Corinth. .
The women who live on either side of the lane take care of the line of Hollyhocks growing against a wall.

Hollyhocks are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN in issue number 14, Autumn 1998.
OUR GARDENS TENTH BIRTHDAY by Annemarie Kasteel
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 08, 2017, 07:16:41 AM
Rosa,'Diamond Jubilee'

New Zealand issued a series of stamps named GARDEN ROSES in 1975.
I only have this one.

The photo was taken, one year in Kiato,Peloponnese, of an un named yellow rose flowering at the end of November..
I rather think my friend was holding an umbrella over it so that I could take the photo.

There are plenty of references to roses in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, even one to
Rosa Diamond Jubilee in issue number 42 October, 2005

ROSES FOR THE MIDI, FRANCE by Members of the Languedoc Branch
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 09, 2017, 07:02:56 AM
Leptospermum scoparium, MANUKA

This stamp was issued by New Zealand between the years 1960-63 in a series named FLOWERS and the values in pence. The same series was issued a few years later between 1967- 68 with the values in cents.

Of the nine stamps I have seven.

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN mentions Leptospermum quite a few times.
I have chosen issue number 29 July, 2002.
LEPTOSPERMUM  SCOPARIUM by Piero Caneti.
What more could you ask for, an article about  the plant on the stamp?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Caroline on May 10, 2017, 09:06:02 AM
There are some lovely Manuka cultivars in shades of pink and red, and a weeping variety which I am growing over my wall.  Till a few years ago, however, land covered in Manuka scrub was regarded as waste land with no economic benefit except the occasional bit of firewood.  However with the discovery of the unique properties of manuka honey - and the sale of counterfeit manuka honey in the UK and China - this has changed. But as usual, just when things are going well - bang!  In this case it's the discovery of myrtle rust in the far north, probably blown over from Australia.  This rust attacks pohutukawa - Metrosideros excelsa -  and other members of the Metrosideros family, as well as Leptospermum scoparium or manuka,  and feijoas.   In Australia the rust apparently goes for the Eucalyptus family.  Desperate attempts are being made to eradicate the rust before it spread any further but it's likely to be an uphill battle.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 11, 2017, 06:45:00 AM
Sialia  silalis, Eastern bluebird, Meriblue de lEst
The USA postal service issued this stamp in 1996

Although I couldn't find a reference to this bird in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
 I did find a reference to
Quote
wonderful blue rock thrushes
In issue number 19 Winter,2000.
GARDENING IN ARCADIA by Duncan Graham
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 12, 2017, 05:15:52 AM
Rosa, dark red

Republika Hrvatska, CROATIA
MEDIMURJE, a county of Croatia

This stamp was issued by Croatia in 2010 and appears to feature a dark red rose
Greece is blooming with roses now in May, we saw this one at Ancient Corinth

There is no shortage of references to roses in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen number 56 April, 2009.
AHISTORICAL ROSE GARDEN IN GREECE by Veronica Hadjiphani Lorenzetti
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 13, 2017, 05:00:04 AM
Erythrina lysistemon, Coral tree, Gewone Koraalboom.

A stamp depicting this tree was issued twice by South Africa in 1961 and 1969

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 18, Autumn 1999
an Erythrina lysistemon tree is mentioned in
AN OLD GARDEN ON THE ISLAND OF CHIOS
By Caroline Harbouri
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 14, 2017, 05:51:16 AM
Pyrostegia venusta, Flame Vine, Orange trumpetvine

This stamp from MACAU, issued in 1953, is in a series named
INDIGENOUS FLOWERS.
Unfortunately of the ten stamps in the series I only have this one.

FLOR DE PANCHAO seems to mean Firecracker flower
PHAO CHE ONG FA I have not been able to find out what this means

Pyrostegia venusta is mentioned many times in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen PREPARING FOR WINTER IN SPAIN by Lindsay Blyth in issue number 42,  October  2005

See the MGS website for photographs relating to this article
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 15, 2017, 05:37:34 AM
Arachis hypogaea, Groundnuts

A stamp issued by Nigeria in 1953

I had fun taking the photo of the unsalted, uncooked Monkey Nuts

Arachis hypogaea is mentioned by David Bracey in his article
 SOME DROUGHT-TOLERANT FOOD PLANTS:
PART II THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 57, July 2009
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 16, 2017, 05:29:36 AM
Iris barbata, Bart iris

A stamp issued by Poland in 1964

I wasn't able to find out much about this iris

The tiny pin dish was bought at the local street market for 50cents

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN NUMBER 52, April 2008.
Helene Pizzi writes
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New repeat- blooming iris hybrids have been used, many of which had been first seen at the nearby Iris Garden flanking Piazza Michelangelo where an important International Iris Competition for new hybrids takes place in the second week of May.

To find this article read
BOBOLI GARDENS AND VILLA BARDINI:
MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN ORCHESTRATION

The cover drawing, by Megan Toms, on  TMG No 46 October 2006 is of an iris.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - "Iris barbata"
Post by: Alisdair on May 16, 2017, 08:28:25 AM
Hilary, I think the reason you couldn't find out much about this iris is that strictly speaking it doesn't exist! "Iris barbata" seems to be dog-Latin for Bearded Iris, and oddly enough doesn't seem to have been used as a species name for any of the various species of that type of iris, except on that Polish stamp and in a few other rather non-botanical places. (Bart iris is I think the German term for bearded irises.)
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 16, 2017, 09:12:41 PM
Thanks for the information.
There does seem to be a lot of confusion in the flower name department.
Apparently in South Africa they call Melia azedarach Syringa  
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 17, 2017, 05:24:23 AM
Nymphaea and Frog's legs

A stamp in the Royal Mail series WATER AND COAST issued in 2000

The only photo I have of a water lily is this one  from Malta

Several issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN mention Nymphaea, water lilies.
Today I am pointing you to issue number 13, Summer 1998 of TMG
THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF PALERMO by Sabine Rossini Oliva
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 18, 2017, 07:14:18 AM
Salvia sclarea, Clary

Yugoslavia issued a series LOCAL FLORA in 1961
One of the stamps depicts Salvia sclarea

Looking through THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, issue number 30,
October 2003, I came across Salvia sclarea mentioned in
SPAROZA IN SUMMER by Caroline Harbouri
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 19, 2017, 06:41:41 AM
Viola tricolor , Pansy

A stamp issued by the Postal authorities of the USA in 1996.
There are five stamps in the series GARDEN FLOWERS of which I have two.

The photo was taken at a garden center somewhere in the wilds of Essex

Viola is mentioned a couple of time in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen A GREEK GARDEN FOR GREECE 
 by A. T. Paraskevopoulou  Gibbins to read today.
TMG number 47, January 2007.

See the MGS website for photographs of the Aegean Garden
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/47-rostock.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on May 19, 2017, 09:28:55 AM
An extraordinarily good match for the one in the stamp!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 20, 2017, 05:18:42 AM
Adansonia digitata, Baobab, Cream of Tartar Tree, Kremetartboom

A stamp from South Africa  issued in 1961

Read all about the Baobab  here
https://www.plantzafrica.com/frames/plantsfram.htm

The Baobab is also mentioned in the latest journal of our society.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN Number 88, April 2017.
A VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA
PART 1 BOTANICAL GARDENS

Valerie Whittington in her article writes

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The glass-roofed conservatory boasts several desert plants from the arid regions of southern Africa. At the centre a spectacular baobab, the largest succulent in the world, towers over the other plants.

For photographs of some of these gardens [ mentioned in the article ]
  see the MGS website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/journal-88.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 21, 2017, 06:36:19 AM
Rosa, pink and yellow

The USA postal service  issued this stamp in 1988 in a two stamp series named LOVE.

As luck would have it one of my friends passed by yesterday with a bunch of roses from her garden and some free range eggs
.
I didn't delay in snapping the roses as they wilt quickly in the heat.
The eggs we ate.

There are many references to Roses in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I  have chosen an article from issue number 64, April  2011
TRACING  FOOTPRINTS:
LOST OTTOMAN GARDENS IN CRETE by Nicholas   

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on May 21, 2017, 10:43:55 AM
You've matched the flowers perfectly again!!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 22, 2017, 07:19:22 AM
Sericulus chrysocephalus, Regent Bowerbird

This Australian stamp was issued in 1980 in a series named BIRDS.

I came across an old stamp album of one of my children while trying to sort out a cupboard and found yet more stamps featuring flowers or garden visitors.

Read about this interesting bird here
http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/regent-bowerbird

I was quite desperate trying to find an article about Australia that at least mentioned birds in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.

Eventually I found

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Another shrub favoured by the birds,
not the Regent Bowerbird by name but that will do for my self-imposed rules

In issue number 21, July 2000.
MY GARDEN IN THE ADELAIDE HILLS, by Margaret Paterson

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 23, 2017, 07:17:31 AM
Paeonia tenuifolia

While reading through THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, issue number 81, after recommending it to you in connection with Tabebuia I came across an article set in Poland.
Wow! A friend of mine has lent me 15 or 16 Polish flowery stamps to scan and use for this project. The article is primarily about Clematis plants but peonies are mentioned growing in the community gardens in Warsaw

So here we go

This stamp was issued by Poland in 1964 in a series named
GARDEN FLOWERS

The article to read is POLISH SPIRIT by Caroline Davies

Also read PEONOMANIA by Myrto Aperghis in TMG, number 33, July 2003

The photo is of a peony plant growing in my parents garden. When they moved into their last and perfect home the area had previously been a farm so the garden was a blank slate to be filled as quickly as possible. Before the clean air act came into force for that area they had an open coal burning fire. The coalman was very friendly and jolly and brought a couple of peony plants from his garden to get their garden  plan started. The plants were very strong and survived the cold   wind, always a problem in that part of the garden, and the neglect of later years. They were still growing strong when we sold the house after 45 years. I hope someone rescued them when the house was revamped and the garden covered in paving.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 24, 2017, 05:36:24 AM
Digitalis grandiflora, Yellow Foxglove

Yet another stamp from the series LOCAL FLORA issued by Yugoslavia in 1961

The photo of Foxglove was sent to me by a friend who lives in Leeds UK

Digitalis grandiflora is included in a very long list of Mediterranean plants which have been cultivated in temperate gardens.
Read THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 3 Winter 1995/6, the article by Derek Toms
HOME GROWN VARIETIES
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 25, 2017, 07:37:14 AM
Hyssopus officinalis, Hyssop

Another stamp from the series issued by Yugoslavia in 1961.

I don't seem to have seen this plant,so no photo.

I quote from the article written by Jill Roberts SPRINGTIME IN THE ALGARVE

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Hyssopus officinalis was introduced by the Romans in about 1A.D. This small shrub is the herb of purification. Small pale green catkins cover it and its leaves have an exquisite perfume. It is used  to make Eau-de-Cologne

The article is in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN Number 16, Spring 1999
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 26, 2017, 07:14:07 AM
Dietes grandiflora, Large Wild Iris, Fairy Iris

A stamp issued by South Africa in 1974

Read all about it here
https://www.plantzafrica.com/frames/plantsfram.htm

Dietes grandiflora is mentioned a couple of times in
THE MEDITERRANEAN  GARDEN
 Once more I point you to the latest issue of our journal number 88, April 2017 and to the article written by Valerie Whittington 
A VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA:
PART1: BOTANICAL GARDENS

She writes

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We saw banks of Dietes grandiflora in many places even though these flowers also last but a day, new flowers open over an extended period. I would love to have some in my garden
 

I see that a photo of Dietes iridioides was posted  on the MGS Facebook page this week,by coincidence I already had this post prepared of Dietes grandiflora
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 27, 2017, 05:16:38 AM
Heurnia zebrina, Owl Eyes

Succulents

In 1988 South Africa issued a series of stamps, named SUCCULENTS, designed by Hein Botha.

There are 15 stamps in all and I have 14 of them. To have 14 stamps of a 15 stamp series must have taken some care and planning by the person writing to me.

There is plenty of information about this plant here
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Asclepiadaceae/21240/Huernia_zebrina

Succulents in general are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN quite a few times 
I have chosen TMG number 71, January 2013,
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDEN by Margaret Johnston for you to read
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 28, 2017, 07:43:29 AM
Cypripedium calceolus, Lady's slipper orchid

Talking about Lady's slipper orchids this stamp was issued by the Royal Mail in 1998 in a series named ENDANGERED SPECIES

The text is from the presentation pack.

Determined to find some reference to Lady's slippers in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I found one in issue number 73, July 2013.
In the letters section at the back of the journal there is a letter by Dimitri Manthos about plants named after saints and other religious associations.
I quote from the letter
Quote
There are many plant names incorporating the word Ladys, referring to Our Lady, The Virgin Mary, e.g.Lady's slipper orchid etc.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on May 28, 2017, 08:43:03 AM
I hate to be controversial but, as with Paphiopedilum (another of the Lady's slipper orchids), the Lady in question is actually Aphrodite. The cypri in Cypripedium refers to Cyprus, the birthplace of Aphrodite and hence in Greek mythology she is often called the Cyprian. For confirmation look up William T Stearn's explanation.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 29, 2017, 07:48:59 AM
Rosa, red

This stamp was issued by the CZECH REPUBLIC  in 2008.

Apart from what you read on the stamp
CESKA REPUBLIKA, RUZE I have no other information to offer.

The photo is of a dark red rose I was given by a neighbour.

Today I am pointing you in the direction of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 43, January 2006
GARDENING IN POTS IN MELBOURNE by Caroline Davis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 30, 2017, 05:22:55 AM
Magnolia grandiflora

A stamp issued by the USA postal service in 2004.
It depicts Giant Magnolias painted by Martin Johnson Heade.

Many magnolia trees have been planted, here in Greece, in the last few years. All of them appear to be the same age, still young. We have seen them growing from as far south as Sparta and north of Thessalonica.

The photo was taken last week in Kilkis.

I have chosen the article
TICINO, SWITZERLAND
 11-14 APRIL 2002 by Freda Cox
in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 29, July 2002
for you to read
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 30, 2017, 05:40:06 AM
Magnolia
Magnolia trees are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
The issue number 30, October 2002 devotes a whole article to this tree.
MAGNOLIA by Irmtraud Gotsis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 31, 2017, 06:53:07 AM
Helianthus, Sunflower

The Netherlands issued this stamp in 2003 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vincent Van Gogh.

The photo was taken a few days ago in the flower market of Thessalonica

Sunflowers seem to be part of the staple planting of small vegetable patches, here in Corinth. Anyone who has gone to the trouble of cultivating a  vegetable garden seems to have a few huge sunflowers along the border. I don't know if the seeds are for the birds or the humans

I found a few references to Sunflowers in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and recommend the article in number 63, January 2011.
DESIGNING AND WORKING WITH THE
NATURAL LANDSCAPE IN CRETE
 by Valerie Whittington

There are photos to illustrate this article on the MGS website
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 01, 2017, 05:33:06 AM
Vernonia fasciculata, Prairie Iron Weed and
Zerene cesonia, Southern Dogface Butterfly

This stamp was issued by the USA postal service in 2007

To find a reference in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I was really stretching my self- made rules.
Since this is a butterfly which lives in the USA  I searched for a garden in the USA for this post and chose
GANNA WALSKAS GARDEN by Martin Wood in TMG number 77, July 2014.

This article also appeared in TMG, 4 Spring 1996

No mention of butterflies in the garden but there must be plenty of them
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 02, 2017, 05:34:51 AM
Primula elatior, Oxlip, Great Cowslip

A stamp issued by San Marino in 1957.

The photo is of a potted Primula, one April, a few years ago.

You can find all you want to know about Primula elatior here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/13747/Primula-elatior-(Pr)/Details

I was thrilled to find a reference to this weed in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, Number 28, April 2002
Read
 HORTULUS APTUS:
A GARDEN SUITED TO ITS PURPOSE
by Helene Pizzi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 03, 2017, 05:58:48 AM
Euphorbia  symmetrica

Another stamp from the series SUCCULENTS issued by South Africa in 1988.

Read about it here

http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Euphorbiaceae/1968/Euphorbia_symmetrica

Although not mentioned by name in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I am recommending that all you succulent growers, and others, read
HOW PLANTS COPE WITH DRYNESS:
MECHANISM OF ADAPTATION by Olivier Filippi
In TMG number 48, April 2007
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 04, 2017, 05:43:41 AM
Begonia tuber hybrida. Tuberous begonia

A stamp issued by Poland in 1964 in a series named
GARDEN FLOWERS

At the moment the flower shops and nurseries are selling these brightly coloured pot plants for instant garden colour.

The photo is of a plant growing in a monastery yard in Thessaloniki

Begonia, in general, are mentioned many times in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I can't find a reference to this plant specifically so point you to
CALIFORNIA SEEN FROM PROVENCE: PART TWO
 By Louisa Jones in TMG number 45, July 2006
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 05, 2017, 05:32:59 AM
Cyclamen

San Marino 1952
Stamps exhibition San Marino Riccione

A friend of mine lent me some stamps depicting flowers to scan and use, several were from San Marino

I quote from WIKIPEDIA
Quote
Over the years, the attractive designs of San Marinos stamps have been extremely popular with philatelists around the world.[] It is estimated that 10% of the republics revenue is generated by the sale of its postage stamps to international collectors. The government of San Marino has the world's only philatelic minister of state, Simone Celli, who carries the title (in Italian) La Segreteria di Stato per le finanze, il bilancio e la programmazione, l'informazione, i rapporti con l'azienda autonoma di stato filatelica e numismatica.

The photo was taken one September in Hyde Hall Gardens, UK .

There are many references to Cyclamen in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and so many interesting articles to read.
Today I recommend number 34, October 2003
 THE RENAISSANCE OF A GARDEN IN RHODES
by Manuela de Montalembert
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 06, 2017, 05:54:50 AM
Centaurea cyanus, Cornflower

A stamp issued by San Marino in 1953.

The photo was sent  to me by a friend who lives in Leeds. U.K.
She had seen this wildflower meadow on one of her trips to some stately home or garden.

This plant is mentioned twice in
THE MEDITERRANEAN  GARDEN both times in lists of plants seen growing in Mediterranean areas.
Read  TMG number 82, October 2015
EPIRUS MGS TRIP MAY 2015 by John Joynes
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 07, 2017, 07:05:14 AM
Clematis alpina, Austrian Clematis

A stamp issued by Switzerland in 1949 to commemorate
Quote
The 400th Anniversary of the Death of Niklaus Wengi

The photo was taken in a friends garden in Leeds, UK

Although this plant, by the look of its name, would appear to grow in cooler climes than the ones we are used to in the Mediterranean and the photo is of a Clematis alpina growing  in a Yorkshire garden I am still directing you to  an article in

 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Go to issue number 53, July 2008 where  Mike Brown's article
CLEMATIS FOR MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS tells you everything you ever wanted to know about Clematis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 08, 2017, 04:44:07 AM
Impatiens balsamina
A stamp issued by MALUKU SELATAN , or so I thought until I tried to find some information
I quote from Wikipedia

Ulrich Hger wrote in the "Groes Lexikon der Philatelie" (Great Encyclopaedia of Philately) under the keyword Maluku Selatan:
Quote
   In 1955, approx. 150 commemorative stamps with the country name MALUKU SELATAN gradually appeared, which were supposed to have come from a new independent state formed on the Moluccas. In fact, there were efforts on the Moluccas to become independent from Indonesia, but the formation of the country never took place. But that was no obstacle for a well-known New York stamp dealer; via a middleman, he placed an order for the production of series of stamps at the Staatsdruckerei, which was promptly carried out, without making sure that Maluku Selatan really existed. These stamps, which were initially bought by many collectors due to lack of knowledge, at best have only a low value as curiosities.

So there you are a bogus stamp

I don't have a photo of this flower but it looks very much like a plant my cousin grew from seed every year and gave to my mother.

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 16, Spring 1999
Hugo Latymer compares the use of Impatiens between the USA and the Mediterranean in his article
SEEN FROM THE GARDEN SHED:
A NURSERY MANS VIEWPOINT

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 09, 2017, 04:54:51 AM
Falco sparvererius, American Kestrel.

A stamp issued by the United States Postal Service in 1999

In her article A CALIFORNIA GARDEN Katherine Greenberg writes

Quote
I wanted to encourage wildlife to visit the garden and have access to the creek for water so the property is not fenced except around the pool. The garden has become a haven for deer, squirrels, birds and an occasional coyote, fox or mountain lion.

This article can be found in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 30, October 2002
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 10, 2017, 06:04:20 AM
Lithops dorotheae

 A quotation from Wikipedia
Quote
Lithops dorotheae is a species of Lithops found in South Africa. It was named after Dorothea Huyssteen, who found the plant in 1935. It grows on fine-grained sheared quartz and feldspar rock containing feldspathic quartzite.

The third stamp in the series  SUCCULENTS issued by South Africa in 1988

Towards the back of THE MEDITERANEAN GARDEN there is a section BOOKS where the latest books on plants and gardens are reviewed. In issue number 30, October 2002 Trevor Nottle writes in his review of
 The Looking -Glass Garden Plants and Gardens of the Southern Hemisphere

Quote
Who has not been enthralled by Lithops and Eriocactus ?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 11, 2017, 05:28:56 AM
Platycodon grandiflorus, Balloon Flower, Ballonblume.

A stamp issued in 2011 by Germany.

Platycodon is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 55, January 2009
In the article by Marjorie Holmes
AFTER THE FIRE
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 12, 2017, 06:34:47 AM
Rosa, Rose

This stamp was issued by San Marino in  1952 to commemorate the Stamps exhibition San Marino Riccione

The photo was taken at a nursery in deepest Essex where we ate breakfast.
 Breakfast and labelled plants, what more could you ask for? 

Of course there is hardly an article in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN which does not mention roses.
Today I recommend issue number 35 January 2004
DALIS GARDENS by Oriol Aguila 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 13, 2017, 06:58:50 AM
Helichrysum thomsonii, Thomson's Daisy, Thomson's Everlasting

A stamp issued by Australia in 1975

It features an everlasting flower which grows in Central Australia.

The photo is of Helichrysum stoechas which grows quite near here on a very dry bank.

Helichrysum stoechas
is mentioned in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 71, January 2013
in the article
A MEDITERRANEAN OASIS: SPAROZA by Gabriel Rochard
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 14, 2017, 06:59:36 AM
Clianthus puniceus, KOWHAI, NGUTU, KAKA

A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1960-63 in a series named FLOWERS

Apparently this plant is now known as  Kaka Beak .

I quote from Wikipedia

Quote
Clianthus, commonly known as kakabeak (Kōwhai ngutukākā in Māori), is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family Fabaceae, comprising two species of shrubsnative to New Zealand. They have striking clusters of red flowers which resemble the beak of the kākā, a New Zealand parrot. The plants are also known as parrot's beak, parrot's bill and lobster claw - all references to the distinctive flowers. There is also a variety with white to creamy coloured flowers.

Absolutely no mention of this plant in TMG but all is not lost, there is a discussion on this Forum  between Caroline,  on Waiheke Island, and myself about New Zealand flowers and the confusion about their names.
.
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=1986.0
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 20, 2017, 05:03:27 AM
Sophora microphylla, Kowhai

This stamp was issued in 1960-63 by New Zealand and again, in a different currency, in 1967-68

Interesting  information about Sophora microphylla and superb photos can be seen here
http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/trees-native-botanical-names-r-to-z/kowhia.html

Sophora are mentioned generally in TMG but not specifically this one, so again I point you to the discussion Caroline and I had about plants from New Zealand  here
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=1986.0
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Caroline on June 20, 2017, 09:17:35 AM
Here is a photo of kowhai in flower in early September, when there is little else to see.  It's a beautiful tree when well-covered in flowers. I planted five along my drive not long after I moved in - two are thriving, two are doing OK, and one died last summer from the combination of drought and rabbits nibbling the bark  :(  .  My long list of things to do this winter includes replanting a fifth kowhai...
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 20, 2017, 12:23:16 PM
Great to see a photo of a plant depicted on a stamp and that from a member's garden.
Two or three more flowery New Zealand stamps  coming  soon
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Fermi on June 21, 2017, 01:42:45 AM
Australia Post is releasing a new set of stamps featuring Australian succulents.
Follow the link for a preview:
http://australiansucculents.com/articles-news/stamps (http://australiansucculents.com/articles-news/stamps)
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 21, 2017, 05:29:45 AM
Interesting
I liked
Quote
emu chicks in arid regions rely totally on calandrinias for the first six weeks of their lives
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 21, 2017, 05:35:18 AM
Hibiscus trionum, Puarangi

 A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1967-78. There were nine stamps featuring flowering plants in the series LOCAL  MOTIFS, of which I have four.

Interesting information about this plant can be found here
http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/plants-native-botanical-names-g-to-l/hibiscus-richardsonii-puarangi.html

Hibiscus trionum is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, issue number 20, April 2000 as being a suitable plant to include in a white Mediterranean garden.
CREATING A WHITE GARDEN
 IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
By Duncan Ackery
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 22, 2017, 05:38:06 AM
Celmisia coriacea, Pikiarero.
A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1967-68

Information about this plant can be found here
http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=1617

I didnt find any information about this plant in either TMG or this Forum so the only excuse I have for including it here is that I want to and that it is from New Zealand.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Caroline on June 22, 2017, 09:22:04 PM
 I can't provide a photo of any of the Celmisia species growing in my garden as my conditions are totally unsuitable. It's also called Mountain Daisy, which says it all i.e. likes cold winters, dry conditions and very free draining soil.  There is one species which grows on the coast, but much further south, and tucked into crevices. 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 23, 2017, 05:04:31 AM
Hebe salicifolia, Koromiko

The last stamp I have of the series LOCAL MOTIFS issued by New Zealand in
1967-68

Interesting information and superb photos can be seen here
http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/hebes/hebe-salicifolia-koromiko-south-island.html

I found a reference to this shrub in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 38, October 2004

THE EXPERIMENTAL MEDITERRANEAN
 GARDEN OF PIERO CANETI
By Virginia Scaretti
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 24, 2017, 06:05:57 AM
Gibbaeum nebrownii,

One more stamp issued by South Africa in 1988 depicting a succulent plant.

I found some information about it on the list of  endangered plants of South Africa
http://redlist.sanbi.org/species.php?species=114-18

Lithops are not mentioned much in TMG but there always seems to be a reference to succulents.
Today I am pointing you to read
FROM ONE GARDEN TO ANOTHER by Yannick Jakober in
 THE MEDITERRANENAN GARDEN number 20, April 2000
 where there is a very fleeting reference to succulents
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 25, 2017, 05:45:56 AM
Pomaderris kumeraho, Golden Tainui

A stamp from New Zealand issued  Christmas 1981

Interesting information can be read here
http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/trees-native-botanical-names-m-to-q/gumdiggers-soap.html

Unfortunately this plant is mentioned neither in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN nor this Forum but since I am going through my few flowery New Zealand stamps I am posting it anyway
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 26, 2017, 04:54:52 AM
Dodonidia helmsii, Forest Ringlet

A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1991

This butterfly is endemic to New Zealand, read all about it here

http://nzbutterfly.info/resident/forest-ringlet/

Although this butterfly is not mentioned specifically in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN butterflies, in general, are mentioned many times as being visitors to gardens.
Today I recommend THE FACEBOOK ROOF GARDEN by Kirsten Honeyman in TMG, number 85 July 2016

For photographs of this article see
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/85-facebook.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 27, 2017, 05:04:48 AM
New Zealand, Timber Industry

A stamp issued by New Zealand between 1960-63

In my ignorance I didn't know that there was a timber industry in New Zealand
You can find all you want to know about New Zealand forests here
https://www.mpi.govt.nz/growing-and-producing/forestry/

I was undecided which article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN to recommend and as non are actually about the timber industry in New Zealand, I decided on.
TMG number 41, July 2005
TIMBER IN THE GARDEN by Chevrel Traher
And
TMG number 49, July 2007
REPLACING TREES AFTER A FOREST FIRE by Peter Eaton
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 28, 2017, 05:12:15 AM
Eranthis hyemalis, Winter Aconite

This stamp, issued by the USA postal service, USPS, in1996 in a series named GARDEN FLOWERS, depicts the Winter Aconite
I am afraid I don't have a photo of this flower.

Aconites are mentioned once in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,
 number 78, OCTOBER 2014
THAT GARDENING OBSESSION by Freda Cox
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 29, 2017, 09:27:04 AM
Stapelia sp.
A stamp issued by IFNI in 1954

I have a couple of photos of this plant which once graced our balcony. The first photo, which must have been taken before 1995, was when the Stapelia grew very happily in a pot.
The second photo, 1997, the plant growing in the built in trough on the balcony of our current home, still looking quite happy. Unfortunately this plant and its offspring all died, they probably got too much water.

I found the following information stored on my computer
Stapelia variegata [ Star flower ]
Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers   Page 476
Clump - forming, branching, perennial succulent, with four - angled, indented stems. Flowers, variable in colour and blotched yellow, purple - or red - brown,
Appear in summer - autumn.
Height to 10 cms.
Spread indefinite
Minimum 11 C
Prefers partial shade.
Prefers well drained soil.
I got my first cutting from a friend who had a huge one on her back terrace.

Looking through the excellent  index of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN on the website I came across Stapelia, great just what I need.
In TMG issue number 17, Summer 1999 Irene Shepard writes in her article,
 A PLANT COLLECTOR, about John Lavranos and his plant collecting adventures.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 30, 2017, 05:30:52 AM
Anemone coronaria
A stamp issued by Holland in 1996 in a series named either Tourism or Holidays, featuring the Windmills at Zaanse Schans Open Air Museum.

The photo was taken one March when we went to a small Pine wood to find some kindling for the, last of the season's, wood fire.

As you can imagine, Anemone coronaria is mentioned many times in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, I have chosen
 CYCLAMEN GRAECUM:
ONE OF SPAROZAS AUTUMN GLORIES by Alisdair Aird
 for you to read in issue number 63, January 2011

See the MGS website for photographs of this article
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 01, 2017, 08:35:56 AM
Didymaotus  lapidiformis, Stone Plant , Beeskloutjie

Yet another stamp issued by South Africa in 1988 depicting succulents

You can read all about it here
http://pza.sanbi.org/didymaotus-lapidiformis

Lithops are mentioned as growing in a very sheltered position [a covered out door room] in Cyprus.
Read
THE ANNNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2009,
LIMASSOL, CYPRUS by James Cable
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 59, January 2010

See the MGS website for photographs illustrating this article
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 02, 2017, 08:39:32 AM
MATRICARIA CHAMOMILLA , MUSETEL 
R..P. ROMINA
Matricaria chamomilla, the white daisy where our Chamomile tea comes from

A stamp issued by Romania in 1959 in a series named FLORA

The photo is of an Olive grove near Ancient Corinth, one spring, when the ground was covered with Chamomile flowers.

There are plenty of references to Chamomile daisies in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen the article by Julia Catton in issue number 69, July 2012.
APPRECIATING THE SPACES AND TIMES BETWEEN
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 02, 2017, 08:47:51 AM
Olive grove near Ancient Corinth
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 03, 2017, 01:46:45 PM
P.R ROMINA
DAPHNE BLAGAYANA
A  stamp issued by Romania in 1957 in a series named MOUNTAIN FLOWERS.

Daphne blagayana
This plant was discovered in 1837 in north eastern Slovenia

Now I see that this plant grows on Mount Olympus
You can see photos of it here
http://www.greekflora.gr/el/flowers/1558/Daphne-blagayana

Daphne blagayana is in a list of plants seen during the EPIRUS MGS TRIP MAY 2015. The article was written by John Joynes and appears in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 82, October 2015

For photographs of this visit to Epirus, see MGS website, MGS Excursions

 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 04, 2017, 05:09:16 AM
Aix sponsa,   Wood Duck

 A stamp issued by the USA postal service in 1991

You can read all you want to know about this duck here
http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Aix_sponsa/

I tried to find an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN about a garden in the USA which mentions ducks, plenty of deer but no ducks
However, wild ducks and cavity nesting birds are mentioned in the article by Danijela Kovacevic THE MAKSIMIR PARK - A WALK THROUGH TIME.
TMG issue number 68, April 2012

See the MGS website for photographs of the Maksimir Park.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 05, 2017, 06:06:46 AM
Nasturtium officinale, Watercress

This stamp was issued in 2000 by The Royal Mail in a series named
 Life and Earth.

Project SUZY is in Middlesbrough, you can read about it on the small extract from the presentation pack,
By the way I didn't find anywhere a reference saying that this is actually Water Cress it just looks like it to me.

I didn't expect to find a reference to Water Cress in TMG but it is mentioned twice, both times in a Mediterranean garden blessed with a running stream.
Go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 33, July 2003
THE GARDEN OF NINFA
UNDER THREAT by Pia Pera

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 06, 2017, 06:21:54 AM
Leafcutter ants
A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in April 2000 in a series named Life and Earth. The ants were on view in London Zoo in a project in connection with celebrating the Millennium.

You can read about the project on the small cutting from the presentation pack.

No one seems to have written about ants in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
But articles mentioning insects abound so I am pointing you to
 A VISIT TO THE MONTPELLIER HERBARIUM by Jean Vache in
TMG number 77, July 2014.where he describes how the emergency measures had to be taken to stop an invasion of insects
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 07, 2017, 05:42:18 AM
Taxus baccata, Yew

Royal Mail Millennium Stamps
Tree and Leaf
August 2000
The extract from the presentation pack explains all about the Millennium project to plant Yew trees all over the United Kingdom.

The photos of Yew bushes were taken in Vienna near two very large museums. We only managed to see one of the museums leaving the other for a return visit.

To read about
The yew hedges by the Blue Pool clipped into the shape of the crest of the Chigi family
go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 40, April 2005 in the article THE PETO GARDEN AT IFORD MANOR  by Leonard Pearcey
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 08, 2017, 05:13:44 AM
Vanheerdea  divergens
The sixth stamp in the series SUCCULENTS  issued by South Africa in 1988

Information about this plant can be found here.
http://llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Aizoaceae/18229/Vanheerdea_divergens

As you would expect there are not many references to this kind of succulent in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN so instead I am going to point you to articles written about gardens and plants is South Africa
Today I have chosen
SPRING FLOWERS IN THE NIEUWOUDTVILLE  by Anda Wayland issue number 77 July, 2014
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 09, 2017, 10:20:07 AM
Millennium Eden Project,
Royal Mail Millennium Stamps, August 2000
This stamp depicting a sunflower is the second in the series

The official site of the Eden Project in its list of
 Top ten things to see in the Mediterranean Biome
notes
Bacchanalian sculptures revelling in the vineyard

A photo of the Eden Project in 2005.
One of the photos is of the above mentioned scene
The last photo was taken  in the Rainforest Biome

I was thrilled to find an article all about theEden Project in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 43 January, 2006
MEDITERRANEAN HORTICULTURE IN A BUBBLE by Shirley Walker
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 10, 2017, 05:28:45 AM
SEEDS
The third stamp in the Royal Mail Millennium Stamps series August 2000
The extract from the presentation pack explains a little about The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly,UK.

The photo is of the Kinetic Seed Sculpture by David Watkinson at Hyde Hall Gardens,U.K.

At the back of TMG number 22, October2000, page 66 there is a short piece about The Millennium Seed Bank.

There are many articles in TMG about collecting seed. I have chosen
 STURTS DESERT PEA: A MOST CAPRICIOUS PLANT by Greg Kirby in TMG issue number74, October 2013

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY has its own seed exchange for members
You can read about it here.
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/seedlist.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 11, 2017, 05:21:30 AM
Forest Scotland

Millennium Forest for Scotland
This stamp was issued in August 2000 in the series Royal Mail Millennium Stamps, Tree and Leaf

The extract from the presentation pack explains the project.

The photo is of a scanned postcard showing Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perth and Kinross. The photo by Neil Jinkerson.

If you want to read more about the forests of Scotland and the one shown on the PC go to
http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/tay-forest-park

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issued number 51, January 2008 contains several articles about fire damage in the Mediterranean area and how the gardens  and wild are regenerated . I have chosen
FOREST FIRES IN GREECE:
PREVENTON AND AFTERMATH
By Jennifer Gay as there is a paragraph entitled Planting new trees.

See the MGS website for photographs of the post-fire regeneration of plants in Greece.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 12, 2017, 07:20:23 AM
Rosa,'Diamond Jubilee'
New Zealand issued a series of stamps named GARDEN ROSES in 1975.
I only have this one.
The photo was taken, one year in Kiato, of an un named yellow rose flowering at the end of November..
I rather think my friend was holding an umbrella over it so that I could take the photo.

There are plenty of references to roses in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, even one to Rosa Diamond Jubilee in issue number 42 October, 2005

ROSES FOR THE MIDI, FRANCE by Members of the Languedoc Branch
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 12, 2017, 03:25:55 PM
Rosa, Diamond Jubilee
Did I not post the photos?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 13, 2017, 05:36:34 AM
Theobroma  cacao - The Cocoa Tree, 'food of the gods'

A stamp issued in 1953 by Nigeria depicting the Cocoa Tree and the various stages the bean passes through before being exported.

Apparently cocoa husks are now used in gardens as fertiliser.
Read in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 46, October 2006

THE REINHARDT GARDEN:2: A WORK OF ART
By Ida Tonini to learn how they improve the soil.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 14, 2017, 02:53:56 PM
Camellia sp. and Colaptes auratus

This stamp was issued by the USA Postal Service in 1969

The bird is also known as the  Northern Flicker
You can find all you want to know about this bird here
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Flicker/lifehistory

The photo of the Camellia bush was taken in Alnwick Gardens

Now I was not able to find an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN about a garden in America and the Northern Flicker but I recommend that you read AUTUMN IN A CALIFORNIA GARDEN by Katherine Greenberg in  TMG number 74, October 2013

For photographs of some of these plants,[ mentioned in the article] , see the MGS website
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 15, 2017, 05:09:57 AM
Conophytum mundum, Conophytum obcordellum 

One more stamp from the series SUCCULENTS issued by South Africa in 1988

This plant, like many others, has had a name change.
I found information about the plant here.
http://worldofsucculents.com/conophytum-obcordellum-dumpling/

I thought you might find this article interesting
 OUR GARDEN OF EDEN by Hamish Warren.
Although the article is about his garden in Menorca there is a page devoted to Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 28, April 2002
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 16, 2017, 07:33:22 AM
Majorana hortensis. Marjoram, Pot Marjoram

A stamp issued by Yugoslavia in 1961 in a series named LOCAL FLORA

There is no shortage of references to Marjoram in

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen number  79, January 2015 where on page 72 there is a letter from Freda Cox with hints for small  children who want to  grow herbs.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 18, 2017, 05:44:19 AM
Saponaria officinalis, Common soapwort

A stamp issued by Yugoslavia in 1961

The series of nine stamps depicting wild flowers was designed by Matija Zlamalik
An interesting site about him, in English, can be found here.
http://galerijabeograd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Final-katalog-matija-zlamalik-screen.pdf

Saponaria are mentioned in THE MEDITERREAN GARDEN number 22, October 2000
Celia Matson writes in her article
 A SOWS EAR- MAKING A GARDEN IN THE GARD, FRANCE

Quote
Seeds have come from everywhere we have seen local plants growing Saponaria, for example, Artemisia absinthium, broom, Lathyrus latifolius and Lonicera [ honeysuckle], to name but a few.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 20, 2017, 02:41:34 PM
Ipomoea purpurea, Morning Glory

Argentina issued this stamp in 1982 in a series named FLOWERS

The photo was taken in 1987 on some Greek island.

To read about Morning Glory and other climbers growing in a Mediterranean Garden go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 18, Autumn 1999.
A ZAKYNTHOS GARDEN: THE CLIMBERS by Christina Riganeli
 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 22, 2017, 05:18:40 AM
Cheiridopsis peculiaris

Yet another stamp in the series SUCCULENTS issued by South Africa in 1988

You can read about it here
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Aizoaceae/22645/Cheiridopsis_peculiaris

To read about plants in South Africa go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 21,July 2000.
SPRING FLOWERS IN THE NIEUWOUDTVILLE by Anda Wayland
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 24, 2017, 05:58:22 AM
Chrysanthemum morifolium

A stamp issued by China in 1961 the designer being Liu Shuoren

I was waiting for autumn to find a chrysanthemum to snap then came across this photo of a bouquet of flowers someone gave me in October 2008

Then I found this information about the Chrysanthemum Festival in China
http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/Festivals/78310.htm

Looking through TMG  index   Chrysanthemums are mentioned many times.
 I think this article refers to cultivated chrysanthemums   and not wild ones
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN   number 12, Spring 1998
MY CAPRICIOUS GARDEN by Gillian M. Oberli
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 26, 2017, 05:31:02 AM
Zea mays, Maize
A stamp issued by Zimbabwe in 1985 depicting a woman crushing maize.

The photo is of two fresh corn cobs bought at the supermarket yesterday especially for this post

Although every Mediterranean vegetable garden usually has a row of maize growing down one side I could only find three references to maize in the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
One reference  I used in an earlier post about this plant so today I am pointing you to issue number 6, Autumn1996
WHAT IS A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN? By Judith MacDonald where she describes how
Quote
the countryside has been smoothed out most of the strips and terraces obliterated and there are now expansive rolling fields of wheat, sunflower and maize
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on July 26, 2017, 09:12:28 AM

Wonderful work as usual Hilary. Corn on the cob is one of  my grandchildren's favourite with a touch of melted butter.  I of course never had butter on mine and they were usually cooked on the fire not boiled.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 27, 2017, 05:34:12 AM
Fouquieria splendens, Ocotillo

A stamp issued in 1969 by the USA Postal Service

You can read all about this plant here
https://www.desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-sheets/Ocotillo.php

Stretching my self made rule somewhat I recommend the article by Freda Cox THE 2002 AGM IN CALIFORNIA in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 31, January 2003.

There is a paragraph about a desert garden where Fouquieria columnaris , a near relative to the one depicted on todays stamp,  grows.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 28, 2017, 05:32:11 AM
Caltha palustris, Marsh marigold

A third stamp from the series THE STRUGGLE AGAINST TUBERCULOSIS issued by Finland in 1983

You can read about  how to grow this plant here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=295

Members of the MGS saw this plant on their trip to Epirus, Greece in 2015
Read about all the wild flowers they saw in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 82 October 2015
EPIRUS- MGS TRIP MAY 2015
By John Joynes
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 28, 2017, 05:49:54 AM
For photographs of this visit to Epirus, ,see the MGS website, MGS Excursions
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 29, 2017, 06:57:04 PM
Tavaresia barklyi, Devils trumpet

The ninth stamp in the series SUCCULENTS issued by South Africa in 1988
If you like reading about these strange plants go to
http://pza.sanbi.org/tavaresia-barklyi

Once more in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I can only point you in the direction of articles about the plant world of South Africa and even then I am repeating myself
Anda Wayland writes MY GARDEN PHILOSOPHY in issue number 78, October 2014 about how she managed to get rid of all the invasive grass and wattle when she first started making her garden
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 30, 2017, 06:31:10 PM
Viola palustris, Marsh violet

Finland issued this stamp in 1983 in the series
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST TUBERCULOSIS

I found information about the plant here
http://calscape.org/Viola-palustris-()

Although this plant is not mentioned in THE MEDITERRANENAN GARDEN by name I am including it in this thread
In the issue of TMG number 55, January 2009 Caroline Harbouri in her letter from the President
GOLDEN HILLS AND OAK TREES describes some marshland in the San Francisco area

I found this article about the marshes and wetlands of San Francisco
http://web.stanford.edu/~sophiarc/WetlandsHistory.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 01, 2017, 05:26:55 AM
Myrtus communis, Common Myrtle

One of a three stamp series issued by Israel to celebrate the
13th Anniversary of Independence

All three stamps depict typical Mediterranean flowers

The photo was taken in the Ancient Agora, Athens one June.

I was spoiled for choice while looking through THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  to find a suitable article containing references to Myrtle.
In the end I chose issue number 59, January 2010.
MISS GERTRUDE JEKYLL AND MEDITERRANEAN PLANTS  by Michael Tooley
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 02, 2017, 07:13:00 AM
Urginea maritima, Sea Squill
Now going by the name of Drimia maritima.

The second stamp in the series  issued by Israel  to celebrate the 13th Anniversary of Independence in 1961

The photo was taken at Ermioni one October

Again there were too many references to this plant in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN to be able to decide which to use so I stuck an imaginary pin in the list and came up with issue 63, January 2001
Sea Squill is mentioned in three articles in this issue, I am pointing you to
MGS SEED LIST: CRETAN PLANTS  by Chantal Guiraud
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 04, 2017, 08:35:53 AM
Nerium oleander

The last  stamp in the series  issued by Israel to celebrate the 13th Anniversary of  Independence in 1961

In July Greece is ablaze with this flowering bush, The roads are lined with red, pink white and orange Oleander bushes. There are two or three down in the yard of the block of flats and no one has complained about the flowers falling onto their cars!

Over a third of the issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN have some reference to Oleander
Today I am choosing
 WINDBREAK HEDGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN : PART II by Piero Caneti
In TMG issue number 22 October 2000
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 05, 2017, 05:27:40 AM
Dinteranthus wilmotianus

One more stamp from the series SUCCULENTS issued by South Africa in 1988
To learn about this plant read the following  link

http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Aizoaceae/14622/Dinteranthus_wilmotianus

To read A WATERWISE GARDEN AT KIRSTENBOSCH by Liesl van der Walt  go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 27, January 2002
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 06, 2017, 08:16:30 AM
Phoenicopterus ruber. Flamingo

A stamp issued in 1958 by the Islands of the Netherlands Antilles.
This Flamingo is found in the Caribbean Islands

To read about Flamingo read this site
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/flamingo/#flamingo-standing.jpg

I have recently borrowed a stamp album from my son M, which was given to him in 1971 when he was a baby. There are enough stamps depicting trees and flowers to keep me busy for the next two months

There are several references to Flamingos / Flamingoes in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and I have chosen issue number 75 January 2014
POST-AGM EXCURSION TO THE SOUTH-WEST PELOPONNESE
by Katherine Greenberg
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 07, 2017, 05:26:38 AM
Narcissus poeticus, Pheasants eye narcissus

A stamp issued by San Marino in 1953 in a series named FLOWERS.

I dont have a photo of this flower but to see a photo of a field of them go to the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETYs  FACE BOOK page 

https://www.facebook.com/mediterraneangardensociety
and scroll down to the entry for July  6th,, 2017.

Alisdair Aird writes
Quote
The fragrant pheasant's eye narcissus, Narcissus poeticus, is one of the latest Mediterranean daffodils to flower, and has been grown in gardens for centuries, but is never more beautiful than in the wild - as here in northern Greece
To read about Narcissus poeticus in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN go to issue number 73, Jul;y 2013.
SPRING IN CROATIA by Fleur Pavlidis

For photographs, see the MGS website
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 08, 2017, 05:23:14 AM
Orchis laxiflorus, now going under the name of Anacamptis laxiflora

A stamp issued by Israel in 1970 to celebrate Independence Day
The series is named ISRAELI  WILD FLOWERS.

Apparently this wild orchid is widespread especially in wet meadows.

I dont have a photo of this plant but  I  found this reference in the Greek Flora website with a few photos
http://www.greekflora.gr/el/flowers/1085/Anacamptis-laxiflora

There is an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 48 April, 2007
Where David Bracey writes about
SPRINGTIME IN THE GARRIGUE IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE and where Orchis laxiflorus is mentioned
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 09, 2017, 05:37:28 AM
Iris mariae, Marys Iris, Helens Iris

  A stamp issued by Israel in 1970 to celebrate Independence Day
The series is named ISRAELI WILD FLOWERS

To see a good photo of this Iris  go to
https://jbg.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-41810.aspx
The website of The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Apparently this plant was seen by members of 
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY during the excursion to Israel in 2011, the photo was taken by Alisdair Aird, however, the flower was past its best.

 To read about the excursion go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 65, July 2001
COLOURS AND CONTRASTS IN ISRAEL
By David Wheeler
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 10, 2017, 05:17:06 AM
Lupinus pilosus, Mountain Lupine

A stamp issued by Israel in 1970 to celebrate Independence Day
The series is named ISRAELI WILD FLOWERS

To see a good photo of this plant go to the website of The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
https://jbg.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-8066.aspx

Lupinus pilosus is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN in issue number 76
SUSTAINABLE PLANTS FOR MEDITERRANEAN HORTICULTURE IN ISRAEL
By Ori Fragman -Sapir
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 12, 2017, 05:18:39 AM
Frithia pulchra

Yet another postage stamp from the series issued by South Africa in 1988

Anyone wanting to read about this particular plant can do so here
http://pza.sanbi.org/frithia-pulchra

If you would like to read about
PLANTS THAT STAND ON THEIR HEADS by Joanna Millar then go to
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 1, Summer1995
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 13, 2017, 05:48:08 AM
Dahlia Garden Princess

In 2004 the Royal Mail issued a series of six stamps named
THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
1804- 2004 A BICENTENARY CELEBRATION

The first class stamp featured the Dahlia Garden Princess
I find it very strange that I have not been able to come across much about this plant on the RHS website. However, I did find information here 

http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/dahlia-garden-princess/

Dahlias are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I have chosen issue number 46 for you to read today
OF CANNAS AND BANANAS:
THE ORIGINS OF THE SUBTROPICAL GARDEN
 by Eric Hsu
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 14, 2017, 05:23:56 AM
Dianthus Allwoodii Group

The second class stamp in the Royal Mail series
THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
1804- 2004 A BICENTENARY CELEBRATION

Here is some information about other dianthus in the Allwoodii Group
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/97995/i-Dianthus-i-(Allwoodii-Group)-Doris-(p)/Details

Dianthus plants are mentioned many times in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I have chosen issue number 50, October 2007
LOU  CAPITANI:
MAKING A DRY GARDEN IN PROVENCE
By  Kate  Marcelin Rice

For photographs of this garden see the MGS website.
Lou Capitani website:  www.loucapitani.moonfruit.com
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 15, 2017, 05:18:34 AM
Clematis Arabella

A stamp marked E in the Royal Mail series
THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
1804- 2004 A BICENTENARY CELEBRATION

You can read about this plant here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/80890/i-Clematis-i-Arabella-(I)/Details

Clematis Arabella is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 53, July 2008.
CLEMATIS FOR MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS
By Mike Brown
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 16, 2017, 04:40:34 AM
Miltonia French Lake

The 42 p stamp in the Royal Mail series
THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
1804- 2004 A BICENTENARY CELEBRATION

Miltonia are a kind of orchid and you can read about them here
http://www.aos.org/orchids/orchids-a-to-z/letter-m/miltonia.aspx

There are dozens of references to wild orchids in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN

Several references of the type
Quote
these do not grow in Mediterranean gardens
however, I am pointing you to issue number 15 Winter, 1998/99
Where John Calderwood writes about PERLITE : HOW TO USE
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 17, 2017, 05:05:35 AM
Lilium Lemon Pixie

The 47 p stamp in the Royal Mail series
THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
1804- 2004 A BICENTENARY CELEBRATION

To read about these lilies you need to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden here
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=256439&isprofile=0&

Lilies are mentioned in the article by Nicholas Stavroulakis
 DESIGNING AN OTTOMAN GARDEN in issue number 9 ,Summer, 1997 of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 18, 2017, 05:24:29 AM
Delphinium Clifford Sky
The 68 p stamp in the Royal Mail series

THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
1804- 2004 A BICENTENARY CELEBRATION

There are some details about this plant here on the RHS website

I https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/65924/i-Delphinium-i-Clifford-Sky/Details

Delphiniums are mentioned as growing in the gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba  in
 AN ANDALUCIAN ADVENTURE: PART2. CORDOBA by Karen Leathers.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 80, April 2015.

For photographs, see the MGS website
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 19, 2017, 05:22:27 AM
Lapidarea margaretae,The Karoo Rose

The eleventh stamp in the series  SUCCULENTS issued by South Africa in 1988

There are some good photos of this plant here
http://worldofsucculents.com/lapidaria-margaretae-karoo-rose/

For those of you interested in articles about gardens in South Africa go to
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 16, Spring 1999
And read
TSITSIKAMMA GARDENING by Anda Wayland
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 20, 2017, 05:13:35 AM
Acacia pycnantha, Golden Wattle

A stamp issued by Australia in 1959 60 in a series named FLOWERS
 For some reason this stamp was printed on yellow paper.

To read about Wattle look here
http://www.anbg.gov.au/emblems/aust.emblem.html

Although Wattle is the national tree of Australia it is mentioned very seldom in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Is it so common that no one wants it in their gardens?

In issue number 88 in PLANTING WITH STYLE AND CONVICTION:
USING PLANTS THAT CAN SURVIVE UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER PATTERNS Julia Catton writes
Quote
while mostly relying on local  Australian plants  such as wattle , coastal bottlebrush and Kangaroo paw, I also included some mediterranean plants

Taking a copy of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 11 Winter 1997/98, to read on the beach I came across this artice by Caroline Davies
 A SMALL GARDEN IN MELBOURNE where she writes
Quote
Other trees, such as wattle and weeping lillypilly belonging to the adjoining townhouses, defined our side boundary.

Looking through THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN for something else entirely I came across this article by Jeff Irons which you might find interesting
ACACIAS, in the very first issue. Summer 1995
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 21, 2017, 05:38:39 AM
Actinotus helianthii, Flannel Flower

A stamp issued by Australia in 1959-60 in a series named FLOWERS
You can read about this plant here
http://www.anbg.gov.au/emblems/aust.emblem.html

Absolutely no mention of this plant in any of the copies of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but as the flower is from Australia and there are three articles in the latest issue number  89, July 2017
I am pointing you to
MY GARDENING EXPERIENCES by Anna Affleck
For photographs of this garden , see the MGS website, www.mediterraneangarden.org/journal-89.html.

Also in issue number 88
MY AUSTRALIAN GARDEN   by Sarah Loxton Guest
For photographs of this garden see the MGS website, www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/journal-88.html


Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 21, 2017, 05:50:09 AM
https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2002/actinotus-helianthi.html

Sorry, mistake
Here is the link to Actinotus helianthii
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - Actinotus helianthi
Post by: Alisdair on August 21, 2017, 09:14:40 AM
Hilary, I thought you might like this photo of a patch of Flannel Flowers which we saw at the wonderful Stokes Bay Bush Garden on Kangaroo Island during the post-AGM tour after the 2012 Adelaide MGS meeting. It should be a great plant for mediterranean gardens (seed is commercially available), but I haven't tried it myself.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 22, 2017, 05:36:05 AM
Nymphaea maculata

A stamp issued by the Belgian Congo in 1952-53

There is not much information about this plant on the www but there are a few photos here

http://eol.org/pages/5472673/overview

Going back to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 8 Spring, 1997
There is an interesting article about garden ponds and aquatic plants, Nymphaea are mentioned there.

THE AQUATICS AND THEIR CULTIVATION IN MEDIERRANEAN CLIMATES
By Gianluca Corazza
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 23, 2017, 05:29:30 AM
Ficus carica, Fig

A stamp in a series issued in 1962 by Lebanon

The photo is of figs given to us by a friend who has a fig tree in her garden. Apparently last year the tree did not produce such large fruit or so abundantly

The Fig tree, being a basic requirement of all Mediterranean garden,s is mentioned many times in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Today I have chosen number 81, July 2015.
GARDENING IN A SPANISH NATURE RESERVE
by Beate  M. Henz

For photographs of this garden, see the MGS website,
www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/journal.html.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 24, 2017, 05:38:00 AM
Strophanthus sarmentosus, Spider Tresses, Poison Arrow Plant

A stamp in a series to celebrate the
100th anniversary of the International Red Cross
 issued in 1963 by the Republique Du Congo

To read about this plant and its many uses go to
https://www.prota4u.org/database/protav8.asp?g=pe&p=Strophanthus+sarmentosus+DC.

Strophanthus is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN as being very poisonous in issue number 34 October, 2003
NERIUM OLEANDER, OF THE PLANT FAMILY APOCYNACEAE
By Irmtraud  Gotsis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 25, 2017, 05:46:13 AM
Corynocarpus laevigatus
KARAKA or New Zealand Laurel

Another stamp from the series named FLOWERS issued by New Zealand in 1960-63
You can read about this tree and see some great photos on this site
http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/table-1/karaka.html

This plant is not mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but  I have included it here as I have already posted some  4 stamps from the same series.
Now I have discovered that there are quite a few posts on this Forum from  New Zealand but I dont think there is a single article  in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, correct me if I am wrong.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 26, 2017, 05:45:56 AM
Dioscorea  elephantipes

One more stamp from South Africa in the  1988 series SUCCULENTS

If you want to read about this plant look here
http://pza.sanbi.org/dioscorea-elephantipes

Nothing to do with succulents but I came across Anda Waylands article
CONSERVATION OR CRIME ? about man made disasters and helping nature along in South Africa
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  issue number 37 July 2004
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 27, 2017, 05:26:56 AM
Eriobotrya japonica, Loquat, Μουσμουλιά

This stamp was issued in an Airmail series by Lebanon in 1962

There are several trees here in the neighbourhood all entirely neglected but produce fruit every year.
The photo was taken in a, non neglected, Corinth garden. 

Loquat trees were seen in Morocco in 2015
Read about the trip here
MGS TOUR OF MOROCCO, MARCH 2015:
A PERSONAL ACCOUNT
by Valerie Whittington
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 81, July 2015
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 27, 2017, 05:34:25 AM
Eriobotrya japonica

Photograph
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 28, 2017, 05:26:50 AM
Cedrus libani, Cedre Du Liban, Cedar of Lebanon, 1937

Lebanon seems to produce many stamp series featuring the Cedar tree; it looks slightly different in some series
This one was issued in 1937-1940 when the country as named
REPUBLIQUE LIBANAISE  and the tree featured has a  rounded crown.

I have also posted a photo of a huge tree in Nafplion. I decided that it was a Cedar tree, but is it? Dont take my word for it.
Couldnt they have a label on this tree? I mustnt be the only person who wondered what it was.

The Cedar tree has given you the excuse to read
 MGS TOUR OF MOROCCO, MARCH 2015:
A PERSONAL ACCOUNT
By Valerie Whittingtion
She writes
Quote
seeing the cedars snow-covered and walking among them was a highlight of the tour for me- they are such stately trees
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, issue number 81, July 2015
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 29, 2017, 05:42:01 AM
VELLOZIA
The accepted name being Xerophyta spekei Baker

Ruanda- Urundi issued a series of stamps named
 INDIGENOUS FLORA in 1953.
The same series was issued by the Belgian Congo in 1952

I couldnt find much information about this plant but there is a little in this link


http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Xerophyta+spekei

I liked that part of the plant can be used as pan scrubs

Trying to find some very vague connection with this plant and the journal of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY,
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  I found, in issue number 23, January 2001, xerophytes mentioned
John Sandham writes in his article
 A MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE GARDEN FOR THE ADELAIDE BOTANIC GARDEN
Quote
The local state flora is represented in the Mallee, and the endangered xerophytic taxa from the south west of Madagascar in the historic Palm House.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 31, 2017, 05:24:24 AM

THUNBERGIA
Thunbergia lancifolia

One more  stamp issued by Ruanda- Urundi in  1953 in a series named
INDIGENOUS FLORA

To read about this plant  look here
http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Thunbergia+lancifolia

Thunbergia grandiflora is mentioned by Hamish Warren in his article
 OUR GARDEN OF EDEN
In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 28, April 2002

Not the same Thunbergia but I am sure you will enjoy the article
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 02, 2017, 05:27:34 AM
Trichocaulon  cactiforme

The last stamp I have of  the series issued in1988 by South Africa named SUCCULENTS
The series was designed by Hein Botha.

As I wrote a few months ago
There are 15 stamps in all and I have 14 of them. To have 14 stamps of a 15 stamp series must have taken some care and planning by the person writing to me.

To read about this plant go here

http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Asclepiadaceae/18668/Trichocaulon_cactiforme

To read about the South African section of JERUSALEMS BOTANICAL GARDENS go to
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 72, April 2013
Written by Michael Avishai
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 04, 2017, 04:47:55 AM
GLORIOSA
Gloriosa simplex

A stamp issued by Ruanda -Urundi in  1953 in a series named
INDIGENOUS FLORA

To read about this plant and see some photos go here

http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113060

I didnt expect to find a reference to this plant in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I was mistaken
Issue number 42, October 2005, MOVING HOUSE by Freda Cox
When describing how she had to deal with red spider mites she ends by writing

Quote
Ill pop down to the nursery tomorrow and see what plants red spider mites dont like. I am very tempted to try a bougainvillea- and what about some of the tender species of passion flower, and a gloriosa vine?
Now I have come across another reference to Gloroisa and a drawing in issue number 1
PLANTS THAT STAND ON THEIR HEADS
 By Joanna Millar
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 06, 2017, 05:59:18 AM
Vitis vinifera, RAISIN, Grape Vine

A stamp in a series issued in 1962 by Lebanon

It is that time of the year now, grapes growing over metal frames at tavernas, as in this photo, many stalls selling grapes at the weekly Farmer's market, grape vines growing over garden walls, people delivering bags of grapes to friends and our fridge never without its bowl of grapes

And no shortage of articles about grapes in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I recommend issue number 86
YOUNG VINES - THE GAMES WE PLAY IN OUR VINEYARD

For photographs see the MGS website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/86-vines.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 08, 2017, 05:20:49 AM
Punica granatum, pomegranate, GRENADE

A stamp in a series issued in 1962 by Lebanon

Two photos of pomegranate flowers in a field in Sparta

Pomegranates are mentioned in many articles in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I chose issue number 38, October 2004 where Katherine Fedden writes in FRUIT OF HEAVEN all you would ever want to know, historical, medical, culinary, etc.about this tree and its fruit.
Katherine also illustrated the article with drawings of the flower and fruit
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 09, 2017, 04:50:38 AM
Anacampseros albissima

A stamp issued by South Africa in 1990
If you are interested in succulents read about it here 

http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Portulacaceae/27289/Anacampseros_albissima

In the latest issue of  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 89, there are two articles about South Africa.I recommend that you read
 MORE GARDENS OF THE CAPE  by Jan Flanigan
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 11, 2017, 04:59:12 AM
Nymphaea, Water lily

The postal service of the U.S.A issued this stamp in 2007

If you want to read about Water lilies look here
https://www.britannica.com/plant/water-lily#ref56181

Reading through THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 21, July 2000 I came across this article by Martin Wood
AN ELEGANT ILLUSION where the small garden belonging to The Frick Collection on 5th Avenue is described

A suitable article to illustrate an American stamp depicting a Water lily, I thought
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 12, 2017, 06:04:13 AM
Vitis vinifera, red, grape vine, RAISIN

A stamp issued by Lebanon in 1962

I went to the local street market early one morning hoping to get a photo of artistically displayed red grapes, this was the nearest I could find to any attempt at an artistic display.

There are plenty of references to grape vines in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,
today I have chosen issue number 38, October 2004.
THE VINEYARDS IN AVDAT by Zeev Vered
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 13, 2017, 05:38:00 AM
Celmisia coriacea

MATAU TIKUMU,Mountain Daisy

You can read about it here
http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=1617

The stamp was issued by New Zealand in 1962-63

Sorry no reference in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN

On this Forum you can see the Postcard depicting New Zealand Plants and the comments by Caroline, who gardens on Waiheke Island, about the plants and their Latin names
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=1986.msg13570#msg13570

There is an article about creating a garden in New Zealand by Marion Abrams, in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 19, Winter 2000. No mention of mountain daisies but interesting
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 14, 2017, 06:10:23 AM
Ravenala madagascariensis, Travellers Tree

This stamp was issued by Madagascar et Dependances in 1903
It depicts the Travellers tree

Information here
http://www.madamagazine.com/en/der-baum-der-reisenden/

The Zebu, Bos primigenius indicus, Humped cattle and
A Lemur, strepsirrhine primates endemic to the island of Madagascar

I didnt expect to find a reference to this tree in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN 
but looked in the excellent index to the journal and it came up mentioned in  issue number 70, October 2012.
Fleur Pavlidis reviews the book
Ornamental Trees for Mediterranean Climates the trees of San Diego
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 15, 2017, 05:11:44 AM
Tilia rubra DC, 
Tilia platyphyllos Rubra , Large-leaved lime, IHLAMUR

A stamp issued by Turkey in 1988 in a series named MEDICINAL PLANTS

For information read this link
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/89065/Tilia-platyphyllos-Rubra/Details

The photo is of a Lime tree in a mountain village in the Peloponnese

There are many references to lime trees in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
 I have decided on issue number 26, October 2001.
Ettore Pater no writes in his article
THE IMPORTANCE OF SHADE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Tall shadows are created by Pinus pinea .and many other species, most of them deciduous, such as lime trees [Tilea] planes, elms

Later I came across COLLECTING LINDEN FROM THE WILD.
By Chevrel Traher in TMG number60, April 2010
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 16, 2017, 05:24:31 AM
Stapelia grandiflora

A stamp issued by South Africa in 1993

You can read about this plant here
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Asclepiadaceae/17384/Stapelia_grandiflora

The photos I post here are of  Stapelias I have seen in other peoples gardens

I found  one reference to Stapelia  in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN in an article written by Irene Shepard about her meeting with John Lavranos and his  garden in the Algarve .
TMG issue number 17 Summer 1999  A PLANT COLLECTOR

There is also a  drawing by Megan Bozkurt of Stapelia gigantea in TMG NUMBER 75, January 2014, page 69
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 17, 2017, 07:33:56 AM
Rosa, red

The French postal service issued a two stamp series in 1962 featuring Roses named ROSE CULTURE.

My granddaughter Th gasped when she saw this stamp in her fathers stamp album. It depicts a very red rose on a gold background.

The photo is of a rose I snapped in a friends garden last week.

Today we celebrate out 50th Wedding Anniversary, something I thought only old people celebrated.

Reading through THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 81, July 2015
 I came across an article all about roses in France
GROWING ROSES IN SOUTH-WEST FRANCE
By Frances Shaw

Also there is a drawing of roses by Megan Toms on the cover of TMG
Issue number 60 April ,2010
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on September 17, 2017, 10:56:55 AM
The picture of the red rose is great. We had some dark roses this year and they brightened the place up.  Keep up the posting of your stamps. I look up the ones that bear flowers or plants which are unknown to me. I learn more about them this way. Many Congratulations on your 50th Wedding  Anniversery.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on September 17, 2017, 05:11:58 PM
Congratulations, Hilary! Wonderful milestone.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: David Dickinson on September 17, 2017, 08:11:33 PM
Congratulations :) Many thanks too for the many wonderful stamps you have shared with us over the summer. Really appreciated.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 18, 2017, 07:17:39 AM
Charithea, Alisdair and David,
Many thanks for your posts congratulating us on reaching the 50 year mark
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 18, 2017, 07:21:01 AM
Viola tricolor, Iceland

A stamp issued by Iceland in 1958 in a two stamp series

Apparently the Violet is the flower to use to celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversaries
Luckily I had this stamp waiting in the wings for its turn in the limelight.

The photo of violets was sent to me by a friend, who lives in Leeds U.K., several years ago.

The statue of La Violetera, The Violet Seller, by sculptor Santiago de Santiago is in Los Jardines de las Vistillas, Madrid

The jug / bottle depicting violets was in my Mother-in- Laws home and we have no idea where it came from

There are many references to Violets in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and even the statue to the Violet Seller is  mentioned somewhere, unfortunately  I have not come across that yet, so instead I am pointing you to issue number 51 where you can read Gillian Biddles article
LEARNING, NOT DOZING
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 19, 2017, 06:21:51 AM

HIBISCUS
Hibiscus rhodanthus

Yet another stamp issued by the Belgian Congo in 1952 and Ruanda Urundi in 1953

There are some good photos of it here

http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139570

Although this particular hibiscus is not mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I thought you might like to read
HIBISCUS SPECIES IN A GREEK GARDEN
By Irmtraud Gotsis, TMG number 29, July 2002

The photo is of the hibiscus plant we had on the front balcony until the snow of this year. I took the bare plant to a friend of mine, who has a garden, and hear that it is recovering and getting used to being in the ground, which is a more suitable place  for it, than a pot
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 20, 2017, 05:40:32 AM
Prunus persica, Peach

A stamp issued by the USA postal service in 1995

I went to the street market last Saturday to take a photo of the peaches. Luckily there were also some green leaves and a cut peach to make the photo more interesting

Peaches are mentioned by Derek Toms in his article TOUCHING THE EARTH in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 26, October 2001
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 22, 2017, 05:35:59 AM
Gerbera

Another stamp issued by Ruanda Urundi in 1953 in a series named INDIGENOUS FLORA

You can read a bout it here
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=161990

A very common flower used by florists when preparing floral arrangements for bouquets and weddings. Somehow or other I had not paid much attention to Gerbera and didnt have a suitable photo in my collection. Luckily the local florist had some in stock and I came away with one flower   which you see here

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 22, October 2000
Meg Bentley writes about her garden in Australia.
SUMMER SALVIAS IN A DRY CLIMATE
I quote
Quote
having noticed that many African species of salvia cope with the conditions here ..Gazanias, gerbera, Senecio..proved to be additional hardy little treasures
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 23, 2017, 04:48:14 AM
Malus domestica, Malus pumila, Apple

A stamp issued by South Africa in 1994 in a five stamp series named 
EXPORT FRUITS

The photo is of a Greek apple bought in July

Apples and fruit trees are mentioned many times in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
 I have chosen MEMORIES OF SAN LORENZO by Carole Cross, in issue number
56 April 2009, for you to read today

For photographs of some of the fruit mentioned in this article, see the MGS website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/56-lorenzo.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 24, 2017, 06:17:21 AM
Tecoma stans

A stamp issued by Nigeria in 1986 in a series named NIGERIAN LIFE

The flower on the stamp doesnt look like other plants going by the name of Tecoma stans or even the same colour. I have never seen this plant so I can only tell you what is written on the stamp

Tecoma stans is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, issue number 78, October 2014, in the article
FAVOURITE TREES IN OUR GARDEN ON THE COSTA BLANCA
By Carol Hawes

For photographs of some of these trees, see the MGS website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/78-trees.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on September 25, 2017, 05:18:05 AM
Hilary, a couple of photos of our Tecoma stans and Tecoma stans 'Orange Jubilee' taken yesterday for comparison.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 25, 2017, 05:52:31 AM
Thanks for the photos of Tecoma stans showing its 'proper' colour
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 25, 2017, 05:55:51 AM
SILENE
Silene burchellii

Another stamp issued by Ruanda Urundi in  1953 in a series named INDIGENOUS FLORA

To see photos of this plant and to read about it go to
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123370

The photo is of Silene colorata growing at the Ancient port of Lechaion, Korinthos Greece.

Silene seems to be a very common wild plant and there are many references to different silene in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, but not Silene burchelli.

Since I found a reference to Sparoza I thought I would point you to issue number 66, October 2011to the article
SPAROZA AS AN EXAMPLE:
A GARDENERS WORK. by Fleur Pavlidis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 26, 2017, 05:50:58 AM
Malva silvestris L., Common mallow, Ebegumeci

A stamp issued by Turkey in 1988 in a series named MEDICINAL PLANTS

I seem to have taken the photo of Common mallow at the end of December one year

You can read about this plant here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/10799/Malva-sylvestris/Details

There are many references to Common mallow in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
You will find a lot of interesting information in the article written by Beate  M. Henz
 MEDICINAL USE OF MEDITERRANEAN PLANTS.
Issue 82, October 2015

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 27, 2017, 06:18:31 AM
Vulpes vulpes, Red Fox

In 2004 the Royal Mail issued a ten stamp series WOODLAND ANIMALS.

This stamp depicts the Red Fox .
The photo is of a cheeky fox in the garden of a friend on mine in Leeds, U.K.

Wild animals are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Of the animals shown on the ten stamps in the series nine can be found referred to in the pages of TMG. Only the stoat does not appear. Wild boars seem to live in some areas covered by TMG but not in the UK , or so it seems, as they do not appear on the stamps
This Wednesday go to TMG issue number 29, July 2003 and read
 FAUNA by Yve Menzies
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on September 27, 2017, 08:50:24 AM
Lovely pictures, Hilary. I think it was fair enough for UK's Royal Mail not to have included wild boar in 2003, as back then escapees were only just getting a real foothold (not far from here, in East Sussex which was their first UK base). Back then I don't think there were any reports from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire - where they are now a great menace.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 27, 2017, 10:24:40 AM
Alisdair,
Many thanks for the information about the wild boars in the UK
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 28, 2017, 05:44:58 AM
Chrysanthemum maximum, Leucanthemum maximum

A stamp issued by San Marino in 1957 in series named
FLOWERS AND MOUNT TITANO

 Chrysanthemum maximum is a synonym for Leucanthemum maximum.

This plant is one of the standard plants growing in the, mostly un cared for,   yards in Corinth together with narcissus, bluebells, asters and, sternbergia which all pop up in the proper season 

The photo was taken of a plant growing around a tree in a pavement in Sparta

Leucanthemum is mentioned a few times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and I am pointing you to issue number 57, July 2009.
PLANTS NAMED FOR MONTPELLIER by Didier Morisot
For photos of some of the plants mentioned in the above article look here
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/57-montpelier.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 29, 2017, 05:51:41 AM
Malus domestica, red, Apple, POMME

This airmail stamp was issued by Lebanon in 1962

Now, autumn is the season for fresh apples from the mountainous area of Korinthia
The photo is of the apples I bought one Saturday at the local street market

Once more I was spoilt for choice as there were many references to Malus in our journal   THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
In the end I chose issue number 10, Autumn 1997 of TMG and the article by Nicholas Stavroulakis
 THE FLORA OF OTTOMAN GARDENS
1 TREES
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 30, 2017, 06:16:17 AM
Felicia amelloides, Blue Felicia Bush, Bloumagrietl

A stamp issued by South Africa in 2001 in a series named FAUNA AND FLORA

You can read all you ever want to know about Felicia amelloides here
http://pza.sanbi.org/felicia-amelloides

This plant is mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen
ACCLIMATIZATION PROBLEMS
 Waterless gardens-
Gardens of the future? 
  by Piero Caneti for you to read
This article appears in TMG number 2, AUTUMN 1995
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 01, 2017, 06:09:43 AM
ARISTOLOCHIA
Aristolochia congolana

The last stamp I have of the series issued by Ruanda -Urundi in 1953 named INDIGENOUS FLORA

I wasnt able to find much about this plant except that its accepted name is Aristolochia promissa Mast.

There is a reference to Aristolochia, not particulaly this one, in
THE MEDITERRANENAN GARDEN issue number 1, Summer 1995
PLANTS THAT STAND ON THEIR HEADS
by Joanna Millar
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 02, 2017, 06:08:05 AM
Phalaenopsis  violacea

A stamp issued by the MALAYAN STATES, SABAH in 1965

I couldnt find out much about this orchid but did find this article about a National Park in SABAH
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1012/

The photo is of two new Phalaenopsis plants gracing our home, one white and the other violet/ mauve/ deep pink

The only reference I can find in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN for this tropical plant is in issue number 15, which I have referred  to time and time again,
PERLITE : HOW TO USE by John Calderwood
 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 03, 2017, 05:53:38 AM
Atropa belladonna, Deadly nightshade, Belladon

A stamp issued by Turkey in 1988 in a series named MEDICINAL PLANTS

You can read all about this plant here
http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/atoz/atropa_belladonna.htm

Read about POISON IN THE GARDEN by Virginia Scaretti in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Issue number 41, July 2005

And if you want to see a collection of poisonous plants visit Alnwick Gardens
GUIDED TOURS OF THE POISON GARDEN
Created by the Duchess of Northumberland to drive awareness of the dangers of harmful and illicit drugs, the Poison Garden contains plants such as belladonna, hemlock, tobacco and cannabis.
Free guided tours of the Poison Garden run every 10 15 minutes throughout the day, on arrival at The Alnwick Garden visit the Information Desk in the Atrium and collect your free timed ticket.

I will post a photo of the locked gates to the Poison Garden
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 04, 2017, 05:47:42 AM
Meles meles, Badger

A stamp in the WOODLAND ANIMALS series issued in 2004 by the Royal Mail

I have never actually seen a badger so no photo

Badgers are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN as being occasional visitors to a garden on Barnstaple Bay in issue number 44, April 2006
THE MEDITERRANEAN ON
BARNSTAPLE BAY
by Tim Longville
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 05, 2017, 05:55:48 AM
Quercus robur
A stamp issued by Finland in 1991

I took the two photos of an Oak tree in the park at Harold Wood, UK, in 2013.
I dont remember how I identified it so the photos might be of another oak entirely

Here are more details of this tree
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/14294/i-Quercus-robur-i/Details

There are several references to Quercus robur in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I decided on SOBRELLANO, GAUDIS GARDEN UNVEILED IN CANTABRIA
 in issue number 35 of TMG January, 2004 by Manuel Gomez Anuarbe
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 06, 2017, 05:47:02 AM
Vitis vinifera and feta

Greece issued a series of postage stamps in 1953 named
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
This stamp, which cost 2600 drachmas then, depicts red grapes and feta cheese

You can read about feta here
https://www.cheese.com/feta/

For the photo shoot the grapes were bought at the local street market and the feta was found in the fridge

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 67, January 2012
Gilly Cameron Cooper writes about
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A VINEYARD IN GREECE
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 07, 2017, 05:17:37 AM
Gazania krebsiana, terracotta gazania

A stamp issued by South Africa in 2003

You can read all about this useful plant here
http://pza.sanbi.org/gazania-krebsiana

The photo was taken on one of our trips to a local nursery, ostensibly to buy a few plants but really to take flowery photos

Gazania krebsiana is mentioned specifically in
 THE MEDITERRANENAN GARDEN issue number 21, July 2000
in the article written by Anda Wayland
 SPRING FLOWERS IN THE NIEUWOUDTVILLE

This article is reproduced in TMG number 77 July 2014
Caroline Harbouri, the editor, writes
In this our 20th anniversary issue we are reproducing an article from each year of the journals existence, from 1995 to 2013.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 08, 2017, 05:42:49 AM
Hyoscyamus niger L., Henbane, Banotu 

A stamp issued by Turkey in 1988 in a series named MEDICINAL PLANTS

I took the photo of this Hyoscyamus on some waste land near the sea

More information can be found here

http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/atoz/hyoscyamus_niger.htm

I was glad to find an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN about poisonous plants in Issue number 55, January 2009
FROM HITMEN TO BOTANIC GARDENS
By Anthony Lyman-Dixon
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 09, 2017, 06:27:11 AM
Anemone nemorosa, Wood anemone

A stamp issued by Finland in 1990

I dont have a photo of this plant but you can read about it here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/1243/Anemone-nemorosa/Details

Anemones are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. Anemone nemorosa is mentioned by name in issue number 74, October 2013 in the book review of  A GARDENERS GUIDE TO SNOWDROPS by Freda Fox
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 13, 2017, 04:50:57 AM
Prunus armenica, Apricot

A stamp issued by Lebanon in 1962 in a series named AIRMAIL FRUITS

One photo is of an apricot tree which grew from a stone someone planted in the yard of the block of flats. The other photo is of my home made Apricot Jam. The season for apricots is so short I nearly missed making this jam and was away at the time my neighbour was distributing bags of free apricots !

To read about how to prune apricot trees go to
PRUNING MEDITERRANEAN FRUIT TREES FOR FRUIT
By D.J. Bracey in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 62 October 2010
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 14, 2017, 06:20:48 AM
Vitis vinifera, Grape vine

A stamp issued in 1987 by South Africa to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of PAARL
Paarl being a town in South Africa renowned for its vineyards.

The photo is of our local seedless grapes which we cant get enough of at this time of year. Local meaning Korinthia, Greece

So many articles about gardens in South Africa in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but hardly any mention of the vineyards.
Luckily I did, eventually,  find a couple of references  and point you to issue number
89, July 2017.
A VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA. PART 2:
PRIVATE AND COMMUNITY GARDENS
By Valerie Whittington
For photographs see
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/stellenbosch.html#103
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 15, 2017, 05:10:31 AM
Iris .

A stamp issued by Lebanon in 1964.

I havent been able to find any information about this Iris so neither photo nor link.

Trying to tie this in with THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN .I came up with a couple of articles which might interest you

In issue number 59, January 2010 James Cable writes in his article
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2009,
LIMASSOL, CYPRUS
Moving neatly on, our attention turned to bulbs which enjoy similar conditions and associate well with succulents. The lecturer, Oron Peri, an Israeli garden designer, explained how gardening with bulbs, corms and rhizomes [all plant adaptations to the dry summer season] was an obvious response to the strict water rationing in his home of Tel Aviv

See the MGS website for photographs
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/59-agm.html

Oron Peri is also mentioned in TMG issue 23, January 2001 where he guided members of the Israeli MGS through a private garden he had planned and planted and other sites of botanic interest
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on October 15, 2017, 08:22:41 AM
Oron is, of course, one of the Moderators of this Forum and the author of an excellent book, 'Bulbs of the Eastern Mediterranean', ISBN No. 978-0-90004-897-5.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 16, 2017, 05:32:07 AM
Cyclamen persicum

This stamp was issued by Lebanon in 1964

I dont seem to have a photo of this flower but you can read about it here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/101163/i-Cyclamen-persicum-i/Details

In 2011 the MGS organised a tour of Israel lead by Oron Peri, you can read about this trip in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 65 July 2011
COLOURS AND CONTRASTS IN ISRAEL by David Wheeler

Cyclamen persicum is mentioned many times in the article. Members taking part in this trip have until tomorrow morning to post one of their photos taken during the trip
You have been warned
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 17, 2017, 06:20:52 AM
Lilium candidum

A stamp issued by Lebanon in 1964

I am afraid the photo I have of Lilium candidum, Madonna lily, shows a very tired specimen seen growing in a garden in Thessaloniki in May

As John says Oron Peri is one of the moderators of this Forum. You can read about Orons new' venture in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 78, October 2014, on pages 2 and 3.

Also on this Forum under Plants for mediterranean gardens/ plant suppliers there are several posts by Oron Peri
In the issue of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. number 79, January 2015 on pages 67-69 Oron writes about  the MGS Forum  and bulbous plants
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 19, 2017, 06:59:14 AM
Anemone sp.

A stamp issued by Lebanon in 1964

The photo shows some Anemones in the spring blowing in the wind.

To see a drawing of Anemone coronaria by Manoj Malde go to
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 84, April 2016.

In the same TMG in the BOOK section there is a review of Oron Peris book
BULBS OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN 

Those wishing to read the article in the Guardian of about  Oron and his new venture posted in April 2015 can do so here

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/apr/04/gardens-oron-peri-eastern-mediterranean-plants
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 20, 2017, 05:50:21 AM
Narcissus poeticus

Issued by Switzerland in 1946 in its PRO JUVENTUTE series
this stamp was for the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Rodolphe Topffer

I dont have a photo of this flower but have now discovered that the photos on facebook can be copied.
This  was the  cover photo for THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETYS facebook page on 6th July 2017

This is the last piece featuring Oron Peri
In a short history of THE MEDITERRANENAN GARDEN SOCIETY which you can find here
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/about-history.html
Oron is mentioned as one of the moderators of this Forum. What it doesnt say is that he is especially active in the plant identification section to which I have resorted many times
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 21, 2017, 06:20:57 AM
Protea.

Yet another stamp issued by South Africa depicting Protea

This stamp was issued in 1964-68 but there is no information as to which Protea it shows.

The photograph is copied from the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETYS  facebook page of May25th 2016

As luck would have it, the very latest MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 90 October 2017, mentions Protea cynaroides in
CONQUERING TABLE MOUNTAIN
By Kirsten Honeyman

I think this is one of the articles I am going to remember. I felt as if I huffed and puffed my way up the mountain with her

For photographs, see the MGS website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/90-table.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on October 21, 2017, 12:42:37 PM
I'm a little late with this, Hilary, but the photo shows just one of a whole host of Narcissus poeticus that we saw on the MGS trip to Epirus in May 2015.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 22, 2017, 06:18:05 AM
Martes martes, Pine Marten

One more stamp from the series issued by the Royal Mail in 2004
WOODLAND ANIMALS

A cautious Pine Marten is mentioned by Leonard Pearcey in his article
THE SUMMER OF THE SPIKE
 in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 33,  July 2003
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 23, 2017, 05:38:36 AM
Buthus europaeus, Scorpion, Escorpion

A stamp issued by Spain in 1979

My star sign

Scorpions are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN   as being unwanted visitors in hot weather
Read GARDENING IN SOUTH-WEST FRANCE
by C.R.Illingworth in
 TMG number 7, Winter 1996-7

There will be a break with these postage stamp posts while I catch up with other projects, letter writing, knitting, sorting out the balconies for winter and  tidying up my computer files.
There are more stamps in the offing
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on October 23, 2017, 09:25:36 AM
Hilary, thank you for informing us and also encouraging us to read past magazines. I have re read some of them and I am glad to be reacquainted  with forgotten things. Good luck with your other ventures.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 11, 2017, 06:54:04 AM
Papaver rhoeas, Field Poppy

This stamp was issued by New Zealand 1965 to commemorate
 the 50th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing.
To read about ANZAC DAY and the role New Zealand played in WW1 go here
https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/anzac-day/introduction

Although ANZAC DAY is on 25th April I have posted this stamp today,
 Armistice Day

The photo is from THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY
 Facebook page of May 15th,

As you can imagine poppies are mentioned many times in
THE  MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen number 54, October 2008
A VISIT TO EPIRUS, NORTHERN GREECE by Jorun Tharaldsen
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 07, 2017, 07:18:43 AM
Alectoris chukar, Chukar Partridge

This stamp was issued by the USA in 1971 and depicts the first line of the carol
 The Twelve Days of Christmas
On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me
a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
The first day of Christmas being Christmas Day
Today is not the 25th December but I am starting a short session of plants, and garden visitors, featured on postage stamps issued for Christmas and will end the effort before all my family arrive.

I dont have a photo of a Partridge to share with you and dont even seem to have a photo of a Pear tree. A great omission as we pass many on our way between Corinth and Sparta

A reference to Partridges can be found in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  number 58, October 2009
GROWING VEGETABLES FOR SELF- SUFFICIENCY AND HEALTH
 By Clodagh & Dick Handscombe
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 08, 2017, 06:52:22 AM
Christmas tree, Canada 1781
Canada issued a series of three postage stamps in 1981 to celebrate
The 200th Anniversary of the First Illuminated Christmas Tree in Canada
The candle lit tree from 1781 is decorated with apples, pears and pine cones.

The photos I am posting, although not from Canada but Bulgaria, are of Pinus
peuce, Macedonian pine, please correct me if I identified the tree incorrectly.
I picked up the cones, which look very suitable for including in Christmas decorations. on mount Vitosha,  Sofia.
This tree grows from the extreme north of Greece to the extreme south west of Serbia.

Not a tree to be found in Mediterranean gardens and no mention in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN , however, nearly every issue mentions pine trees
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 09, 2017, 06:57:12 AM
This Christmas stamp was issued in 1985 by Finland
There is a row of Hyacinths along the bottom and what looks like some star shaped handicraft at the top.
Maybe some Scandinavian person can explain what it is
The photo is of my miserable effort to grow Hyacinths in glass jars
As you see they are neither straight nor at the same stage of development
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 10, 2017, 07:19:50 AM
Christmas tree, Canada 1881
 The second stamp in the series issued by Canada in 1981 to celebrate
The 200th Anniversary of the First Illuminated Christmas Tree in Canada
The tree by 1881 is  decorated with toys, an angel, small musical instruments and biscuits, there is even a green and white sock.
Over the years I have knitted dozens of small Christmas tree decorations, one being striped socks, here is one posing on our Hoya.
For a photo of a tree I chose one showing a beautiful, tall, straight Fir growing in Elati, Epirus
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: JTh on December 10, 2017, 08:25:17 PM
Re. the stamp from Finland (which strictly speaking is not a Scandinavian country); it shows a beautifully carved Christmas decoration which I suppose you may find in all the Nordic countries and Germany as well. I always have a few hyacinths prepared to bloom for Christmas.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 10, 2017, 10:49:31 PM
I did wonder about Scandinavia when I wrote it
Thanks for the information about the carved wooden object
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 11, 2017, 08:32:48 AM
Helleborus purpurascens
A  stamp  issued by Hungary in 1958 depicting  Helleborus purpurascens
 This is not the white Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and the photo I have is of a Hellebore flower but not the very white one of Christmas but you get the idea.
For a photo of the Christmas rose look here

 https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=947

 I remember planting some Hellebore plants in my parents garden in the north of England but dont remember them ever flowering.  I think at the time they were becoming popular as the Christmas rose.

There are many references to Hellebores in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  but non, unfortunately, for Helleborus pupurascens or Helleborus niger
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on December 11, 2017, 03:50:53 PM
I haven't bought any postage stamps for a long time, until today when we went to post a batch of Christmas cards. I was pleasantly surprised to be given a sheet that featured Centaurea akamantis a very rare Cyprus endemic that is only to be found in one location on the island. It is in the Red Data Book of Cyprus and is strictly protected by the Bern Convention.
The photo is of my specimen that I acquired legally I hasten to add.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 11, 2017, 08:06:59 PM
Great
Just checked, there are four in the series issued by Cyprus, the most expensive being 1 E
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 12, 2017, 06:52:49 AM
Christmas tree, Canada 1981
Canada issued a series of three postage stamps in 1981 to celebrate
The 200th Anniversary of the First Illuminated Christmas Tree in Canada
The tree in 1981 is decorated solely with blue baubles, not to my taste at all.

The photo of Abies cephalonica was taken at Limni Doxa , a man made lake in the mountainous area of Corinthia and a great tourist attraction along with the monastery of Saint George and the lake of Stymphalia.

The photo of the blue plastic baubles, bought for this photo opportunity and to be given away, was taken on the Hoya
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 13, 2017, 06:53:06 AM
Grenada
Grenada issued a series of seven stamps in 1977 depicting painted ceiling panels which are in the church of   Saint Martin   in Zillis, Switzerland.
I have two of these stamps 
The one I post today shows the angels announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.
On the right of the ceiling panel there is a Christmas tree decorated with hearts and yellow candles.
The first photo I chose to add to this post is a close up of a Fir tree at Elati, Epirus. The second photo is of one of our Christmas tree decorations showing an angel blowing a trumpet. This decoration was bought in Brussels and is supposedly of Brussels lace
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 14, 2017, 07:40:24 AM
The Christmas stamp issued by Finland in 2012 was triangular and depicted a Christmas tree.

It seems to me that each place uses, or used to use,  whatever greenery grows plentifully in the neighbourhood.

The first photo shows the Christmas tree in Corinth, in 1966, a Cypress tree decorated with balloons and tinsel.

 The second photo was taken from a carriage on the Athens Suburban Railway when the train unaccountably stopped. Luckily I was armed with my camera and took a photo of this graceful bridge. Now I see that the planting alongside this part of the track includes a line of Cypress trees

There are no shortages of references to Cypress trees in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 15, 2017, 06:56:16 AM
Here we have a winter snow scene with Santa Claus and a boy walking between Christmas trees.

 This was the Christmas stamp   issued by Finland in 1984

The photo is of a view in Switzerland with Christmas trees in silhouette, no snow.

The second photo is of a knitted Christmas tree decoration of Santa, rather pink in the face.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 16, 2017, 06:36:43 AM
Cardinalis cardinalis, Northern Cardinal, Cardinal Rouge

A Christmas stamp issued by the USA postal service in 1991

A friend of mine living in California always sends me a Christmas card with some sort of American wild life snowscene. I love this one with the Cardinal sitting on a bare branch in a forest of what looks like silver birch trees.

The Christmas tree ornament was made by a Canadian friend of mine who lived here, in Corinth, over twenty years ago.

The Cardinal is not mentioned specifically in THE MEDITERREAN GARDEN but there are many articles about gardens in the USA, one of which is
A GARDEN ODYSSEY IN SAN MARINO by Cordelia Donnelly in number 80, April 2015
For photographs, see the MGS website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/80-sanmarino.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 17, 2017, 06:35:14 AM
This stamp depicting two jolly Christmas elves was issued by Finland in 1974

The photo is of cows grazing among Fir trees somewhere in Switzerland in 1964.

I thought of including a scanned picture of Greek Kallikantzaroi. However these Greek Imps are so mischievous sawing away at the tree holding up the Earth all year round until the twelve days between Christmas and Twelfth Night, when they come to the surface and cause any amount of trouble, that I decided a less mischievous Imp was required..

Trying to think what we could possibly have in the house to accompany this stamp I remembered something one of my sons won at a party.
An Irish Leprechaun. Now he looks jolly enough to meet his Finnish friends
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 18, 2017, 06:10:09 AM
Yet another Christmas stamp from Finland, this time  1981

The stamp depicts two children wearing long red hats with pompoms bringing home the Christmas tree.
Near them is a pole with a sheaf of grain tied to it for the birds.

I found some information on the Internet about this custom which I copied.

Quote
In Finland the Christmas tree is set up on Christmas Eve. Fir trees are felled, tied onto sleds, and taken home to be decorated beautifully with candies, paper flags, cotton, tinsel, apples and other fruits. Candles are used for lighting the trees. Many women make a visit to some local sauna to groom themselves for the occasion.
Christmas here is replete with different homegrown customs. In Finnish rural areas, it is a popular tradition for farmers to tie a sheaf of grain, nuts and seeds on a pole and placing it in the garden for the birds to feed on. Only after birds eat their dinner, the farmers partake of their Christmas dinner.

The above quotation comes from this website.
http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/finland.htm

A couple of years ago I rather overdid it knitting hats for children some of the hats were adorned with pompoms and were and are a great success, especially with the children. Here is a photo of that effort

The photo of Fir trees is from somewhere in Switzerland in 1964
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 19, 2017, 07:32:26 AM
A Christmas stamp issued by Finland in 1985 and depicting tulips and a paper  or carved wooden bird

The photo of the tulips was sent to me by my niece who lives in Germany. These flowers, which she named The Perfect Three, were growing in her garden.

Above the tulips on the stamp is a picture of a paper or carved wooden bird. A few years ago I showed a group of girls how to make this bird, without a tail, then last year I was asked to show a small group of oldish women some sort of Christmas handiwork so out came the bird template again.

These paper birds were made, again without tails, especially for this post.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 20, 2017, 08:09:17 AM
Grenada
Grenada issued a series of seven stamps in 1977 depicting painted ceiling panels which are in the 12th C church of   Saint Martin   in Zillis, Switzerland.

I have two of these stamps 

The one I post today shows Joseph on the flight into Egypt

On the right of the ceiling panel depicted on the stamp  is a Christmas tree of Holly decorated with blue candles.

The first photo is of a Holly bush somewhere in Epirus, Greece.
We saw several Holly bushes there on our trip last month and I was surprised to see all the berries. The bush I planted in my parents garden in the north of England never managed to keep its berries, the birds ate them all. So the question is.
 Are there no birds in Epirus or is there such a surfeit of food that they dont eat the Holly berries?

The second photo is of blue candles on our mantlepiece soon to be replaced by red ones for Christmas.


Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 21, 2017, 08:05:17 AM
The Christmas stamp issued by Finland in 1986 depicts four elves playing with a garland.
The garland is tied with red ribbon and the greenery has red baubles tied to it
I remember our landlady, 40 years ago, used to have branches of Myrtle on her sideboard over the Christmas period and no other decorations. One evening I took the children for a walk to look at the Christmas displays in the shop windows, there was only one! I imagine we ended up at the Loukoumada shop.
Apart from the Myrtle branches there also used to be branches with the small firikia apple impaled on the top for sale.
On Saturday we went to the street market, ostensibly to buy pears and spinach, but on my part to take photos and  was pleased to see that Myrtle branches and the apple topped branches were on sale. Here the stall holder had combined them both and he admitted that the red apples were painted. I have been unable to find any reference on the Internet to this tradition of Myrtle and the firikia topped branches.   

It is amazing just how much useful stuff, for photographic purposes, we have around the house.We dont have an elf dressed in red clothes but I did find another imp, this one is tiny and is of a Cornish Knocker, I didnt know they were called Knockers until today.The imp is made of Cornish tin and  imprinted on the back is
 SOUTH CROFTY
TIN
CORNWALL

There is no shortage of references to Myrtle in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN 
Go to
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/index-m.html
and decide which one or ones to read
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on December 21, 2017, 09:02:24 AM
Absolutely fascinating, Hilary! Thank you.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 22, 2017, 07:14:19 AM
Another  Christmas stamp from Finland.
This stamp, of 1998, depicts a tall Christmas tree with three elves running round it, a fox peeping from the back and two birds joining in the fun.
The photo of the metal fox is from the gates of the Globe Theatre, London.
The knitted Christmas trees were my knitted Christmas effort of 2016

I appreciate that Fir trees / Christmas trees and Holly  are not found in Mediterranean gardens and do not feature at all in THE MEDITERRANEAN, GARDEN, the journal of the Mediterranean Garden Society, however, if you are ever in mainland  Greece and the heat on the beach gets too much for you head for the mountains and cool off under a Fir tree.

This is the last Christmas stamp I have so I will take a break for a few days.
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas   and All The Best for 2018.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on December 22, 2017, 08:49:00 AM
Happy Christmas to you, Hilary, and many thanks for doing so much to bring all these stamps to life for us.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Pierre de SFA on January 01, 2018, 09:57:05 AM
Thanks, very interesting thread, unfortunatly plants are seldom on French stamps.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 01, 2018, 10:48:18 AM
The same can be said of Spain
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 02, 2018, 08:37:20 AM
Rosa, red
This stamp issued by the USSR in 1977 in a series named
 FEDOSKINO FOLK PAINTINGS
The lacquer painting The Scarlet Flower, 1969, by V.D.Lipitsky depicts a Russian Folk Tale by Sergey Aksakov based on the story of The Beauty and The Beast.

The flower in the story is not named so I looked through my collection to find the brightest red flower I could which also grows in Russia,it had to be a rose..

There is an interesting article
SOME MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS ON THE BLACK SEA by David J. Bracey in issue number 76, April 2014,
Roses are mentioned
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on January 02, 2018, 11:06:18 AM
Hilary, your Scarlet Flower took me to a charming 1952 Russian animated film of this same folk tale (which you may be able to find by clicking here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5gQFjr0QRk)). In the film the flower is just as unclassifiable as in the stamp - as of course such a magical thing should be!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 02, 2018, 11:56:22 AM
Great I have told all my friends about the film THE RED FLOWER.
I will watch it this afternoon
Many  thanks
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 03, 2018, 02:47:57 PM
Erythrina crista-galli L, Cockspur Coral Tree

A stamp issued by Brasil in 1990

The Royal Horticultural Society has information about this tree here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/32582/i-Erythrina-crista-galli-i/Details

Erythrina crista-galli is mentioned quite often in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
My intention now is to try to point you to articles that I might not have already recommended .
My choice today is
PROBLEMS OF ACCLIMATIZATION:
CON FIRMED OBSERVATIONS AND
AMAZEMENT AFTER  A FROST
By Piero Caneti in TMG issue number 11 Winter 1997/8

Pierre de SFA,a new contributer to this Forum, has Erythrina crista- galli growing in his garden, you can see photos of it here

http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=2565.msg17891#msg17891
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 04, 2018, 07:24:44 AM
Talpa europaea. Mole

This stamp was in the Royal Mail series WOODLAND ANIMALS issued in 2004.

You can read the excerpt from the presentation pack to learn about Moles.

I dont think I have ever seen a mole, so no photo

There is a drawing of a mole by Megan Toms in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 58, October 2009.
The article, by Andrew Polmear, deals with
GEOTEXTILE: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS IN THE LANGUEDOC
Photographs to illustrate this article can be seen here
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/58-geotextile.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on January 04, 2018, 09:32:02 AM
No moles in Cyprus although some years ago I did see mole traps and mole scarers on sale in a newly-opened hardware store in Limassol. Rather poor market research on their part I think!  :-[
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: JTh on January 04, 2018, 03:32:45 PM
There are no moles in Norway and I suppose the ground where we are in northern Greece is not suitable for them either. I was lucky and saw it once in Montenegro several years ago, it was very busy digging holes in the muddy area next to the road where the snow had just melted, near Mt. Komovi (1800 m altitude). It was fascinating to see how stubborn it was and how hard it was burrowing with the large paws.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4728/24629850207_00fa043b0d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DwsqnM)
_DSC4325.jpg Mole - Talpa europaea - in action (https://flic.kr/p/DwsqnM) by Jorun Tharaldsen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46063510@N03/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4691/25626819648_0839013e8d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F3y9E5)
_DSC4345.jpg Mole - Talpa europaea (https://flic.kr/p/F3y9E5) by Jorun Tharaldsen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46063510@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 04, 2018, 04:57:00 PM
I'm glad you had your camera at the ready.
A great opportunity. It looks bigger than I thought they were
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: JTh on January 04, 2018, 05:22:21 PM
It wasn't very big, somewhat larger than a mouse, with thick, short-haired fur, long, pink nose and huge paws. It didn't seem be disturbed by us photographing. They are not blind, though, but their eyes are more adapted to the minimal light in the furrows.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 05, 2018, 08:23:19 AM
In 2003 the Royal Mail brought out a series of 10 first class postage stamps all featuring FRUIT & VEG.
The presentation pack was in cartoon style with a story of how the fruit and veg escaped from the van taking them to the supermarket.   

Here is the blurb from the packet.
We are given information about what happened to four of the heroes, one being ALBERT AUBERGINE 

Aubergine, Solanum melongena
Any Mediterranean garden worth its name has a row of aubergines growing with the tomatoes and courgettes.

Jennifer Gay in her article GROWING VEGETABLES tells us how to grow many of the vegetables, along with aubergines, which we live on during the summer
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 56, April 2009

The photo is of an aubergine bought especially for this post. 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 06, 2018, 06:51:09 AM
Another stamp from the Royal Mail series which was issued  in 2003
The heroine today is MS. ORANGE PEEL 
Citrus x sinensis, Orange
The oranges are bright on the trees now, here are three which I was in a hurry to buy, since then friendly neighbours have dropped a bags by our door

As you would expect there ark very many references to oranges in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today go to issue 49, July 2007and read
ROBERT GRAVES IN MALLORCA: A 1930s GARDEN REBORN
 By Leonard Pearcey
See MGS website for photographs of Robert Graves garden
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/49-graves.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on January 06, 2018, 08:51:38 AM
It's good to know that such quirky humour could bubble up through the Royal Mail's hefty layers of bureaucracy!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on January 06, 2018, 02:37:06 PM
Hilary thank you. I enjoyed the stamps  throughout the year but today's will be great for our 6 year old granddaughter who wants to be a gardener and a rock star when she grows up. She has a scrap book with plant photographs in it. Tomorrow being her name Day we will be visiting and I will show her your post. Καλή Χρονιά.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 07, 2018, 07:26:52 AM
Fragaria x ananassa, Strawberry, another fruit in the Royal Mail FRUIT & VEG series issued in 2003

In the cartoon story MISS BERRY returns to her friends, after escaping from the van which was taking her to the supermarket, and now lives in Kent.

A sheet of stickers was included with the stamp series for the sender of letters  to disguise the fruit.
 
The photo is of huge Greek strawberries in season at the beginning of April

There are several reference to Strawberries in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I have chosen issue number 6, Autumn 1996, where Jenny Bussey in her article THE GARDEN IN AUTUMN writes about how to prepare various garden plants and vegetables for the winter
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 08, 2018, 07:24:19 AM
Solanum tuberosum, Potato

Whatever happened to MAURICE PIPER, the potato which escaped from the van taking him to the supermarket in the cartoon series issued by the Royal Mail in 2003?

He came to a bad end

The photo is of Greek potatoes. There are several areas around Greece where they specialize in growing potatoes

Every Greek school child is taught the story of how potatoes were introduced into Greece by Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of the newly liberated Greece
I quote Wikipedia
Quote
Kapodistrias.. in an effort to raise the living standards of the population, introduced the cultivation of the potato into Greece. According to legend, although Kapodistrias ordered that potatoes be handed out to anyone interested, the population was reluctant at first to take advantage of the offer. The legend continues that he then ordered that the whole shipment of potatoes be unloaded on public display on the docks of Nafplion, and placed it under guard to make the people believe that they were valuable. Soon, people would gather to look at the guarded potatoes and some started to steal them. The guards had been ordered in advance to turn a blind eye to such behaviour, and soon the potatoes had all been "stolen" and Kapodistrias' plan to introduce them to Greece had succeeded.
Now after that short history lesson we have an article about growing potatoes.
CAN YOU GROW THREE CROPS OF POTATOES IN THE SAME YEAR?
By D.J.Bracey in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 67, January 2012
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 09, 2018, 07:09:32 AM
Malus, Apple
The fourth stamp in the 2003 Royal Mail series FRUIT& VEG
There is no information about what the next six stars of the series did after their escape from the van taking them to the supermarket
The photo is of three apples bought especially for this post, which has been in preparation since May.
There are many references to apples in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
 I chose issue number 73, July 2013 where you can read
 HOW I CAME TO LOVE GARDENING by Renate Schaeffer- Low.
Renate mentions her childhood memories of eating apples from her grandfathers orchard then continues writing about her life and gardening under difficult and strange conditions 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 10, 2018, 07:27:07 AM
Capsicum annum, Bell Pepper

One more stamp featuring a vegetable from the Royal Mail series FRUIT& VEG which was issued in 2003.

The photo is of a capsicum bought for a colourful salad I make

To read about these Sweet peppers and how to grow them go to
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 56 and read the article
 by Jennifer Gay, GROWING VEGETABLES
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 11, 2018, 06:59:29 AM
Pyrus, Pear

Another stamp from the Royal Mail series FRUIT & VEG issued in 2003

The photo is of some of the pears we buy on a weekly basis  from a local, Korinthia Greece, grower who sells his pears in the street market.

There are so many references to pear trees in TMG that I am spoilt for choice
 isnt it awful when you cant decide
Pears along with apples, pomegranates and figs are mentioned in
 MUSING ON FICTIONAL GARDENS by Caroline Harbouri
In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 24, April 2001
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 12, 2018, 07:11:44 AM
Solanum lycopersicum, Tomato

Yet another stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 2003 in the series FRUIT & VEG

The tomatoes were bought especially for this post then eaten, of course.

Tomatoes are widely grown in Mediterranean gardens and in pots on balconies
In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN there is a whole article devoted to tomatoes
TALKING TOMATOES by Tom Wellsted in TMG number 9, Summer 1997
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 13, 2018, 06:59:36 AM
Citrus limon, Lemon

One more stamp from the series issued by the Royal Mail in 2003 going under the name of FRUIT& VEG

All my neighbours seem to have access to lemon trees and they keep me steadily supplied. If I ever run out of lemons it nearly breaks my heart to buy some.
The lemons in the photo were given to me by one of my neighbours

Leonard Pearcey writes about growing lemons in his article
GREATEST GARDENING JOYS.
You will find this article in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 25, July 2001
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 14, 2018, 06:13:39 AM
Brassica oleracea, Brussels Sprout

The last stamp from the series FRUIT & VEG issued by the Royal Mail in 2003

This is a vegetable one doesnt normally come across in Greece so I was thrilled one day to see some in the supermarket, bought them then immediately forgot about them. When they came to light again, at the back of the proverbial fridge, all the dark green outer leaves had to be discarded, hence their pale colour.

I didnt expect to find references to this vegetable in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I was wrong
In TMG issue 58, October 2009 it is mentioned in two articles
NOTES FROM A NOVICE VEGETABLE GROWER by Trevor Nottle
 and
GROWING VEGETABLES FOR SELF- SUFFICIENCY AND HEALTH
 by Clodagh & Dick Handscombe
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 15, 2018, 06:33:24 AM
Myosotidium hortensia, Chatham Islands Lily

A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1970
While the plant is named on the stamp as a lily the official New Zealand website calls it a forget- me- not
Read about it here
http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-plants/chatham-island-forget-me-not/

This forget-me-not is mentioned in the article by Caroline Davies
A GARDEN FRIENDSHIP, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 74, October 2013
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 16, 2018, 07:02:51 AM
Cedrus libani, Cedar of Lebanon

This stamp was issued by Lebanon in 1955 in a series named Cedar of Lebanon and Baalbek

The photo was sent to me by a friend, who lives in Leeds, UK. of a  Cedar tree  growing in her back garden

There are many references to the Cedar of Lebanon tree in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
 I have chosen HUNTING FOR WILD FLOWERS IN
SOUTH- WEST TURKEY by Fleur Pavlidis for you to read.
TMG number 61, July 2010
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 17, 2018, 07:03:25 AM
Cygnus cygnus, Swan

A stamp issued by Denmark in 1935 to celebrate the
100th Anniversary of the Earliest Publication of H.C. Andersens Fairy tales
The designer was E. Utzon Frank

Unfortunately I have no photos of swans

However I must record that a swan chased my mother in Wallsend Park, before I was born! She used to tell me not to go near the pond where the swan lived, but, of course, I did. I think I wanted the swan to chase me and was  disappointed that it didn't,.

Swans, both black and white, are mentioned a couple of times in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.Go to issue number 44 April 2006 to read
 A ROYAL FRONT GARDEN - MEMORIES OF KEW by Jean Gilhead
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 18, 2018, 06:09:58 AM
Irises

This stamp was issued by Japan in 1955

I wasnt able to find out much about the stamp except that the painting is the work of Ogala Korin  1660 1716
He is famous for painting a screen depicting irises. The picture on the stamp looks as if there is a wooden bridge over a pool which has irises growing in it.

I was prompted to send this stamp today after reading Fermis post, in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETYS Forum, yesterday about his Japanese irises
I hope this link takes you to the thread about irises on the   Forum 

http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=595.135
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Fermi on January 19, 2018, 06:47:23 AM
Hi Hilary,
Here's a couple of pics of Japanese iris in our water pot
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 19, 2018, 07:02:07 AM
Prunus spinosa, Blackthorn, Sloe

This stamp was issued by Yugoslavia in 1961 in the series LOCAL FLORA

You can read about this plant here in the RHS website
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/14041/i-Prunus-spinosa-i/Details

Prunus spinosa is mentioned a couple of times in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, both times about its usefulness as a plant to be used in hedges

I have chosen
LANDSCAPING A GOLF COURSE by Isabel Carvajal y Urquijo,
 TMG number 14 Autumn 1998
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 20, 2018, 08:02:59 AM
Calanthe natalensis synonym Calanthe sylvatica

A stamp issued by South Africa in 1981

If you want to read about this plant look here
https://www.operationwildflower.org.za/index.php/albums/orchids/calanthe-sylvatica-judd-3-5055

Absolutely no mention of this plant in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but there are plenty of articles about gardens and plants of South Africa, one of them in issue number 71, January 2013 is
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDEN by Margaret Johnston
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 21, 2018, 07:11:56 AM
Gentiana andrewsii, bottle gentian

A stamp issued by Canada in 1977

This stamp was among a pile of stamps given to me recently by my friend L
All in all seventeen stamps were of floral interest

To read about this flower look here
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=k320

Since the link I found about this plant is of THE MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN  website I thought it would be a good idea to read
DESIGNING AN OTTOMAN GARDEN  by Nicholas Stavroulakis in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 9, Summer 1997.
The article is about making an Islamic garden in The Missouri Botanical Garden
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 22, 2018, 07:05:25 AM
Juniperus thurifera, sabina albar, Spanish Juniper

This stamp was issued in 1972 by Spain
It depicts a juniper which is endemic to Spain and the western Mediterranean

I am posting a photo of Juniperus phoenicea, correct me if I am wrong, which we saw a few years ago near Ermioni

You can read about Juniperus thurifera here.
http://www.conifers.org/cu/Juniperus_thurifera.php

There are many references to Juniper in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but not this one specifically.To continue my effort in trying to refer to a different article each post, I point you to
 COPING WITH THE CLIMATE IN THE ALPES MARITIMES by Joanna Millar
TMG number 7, Winter 1996/7
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 23, 2018, 07:00:02 AM
Franklinia alatamaha, FranklinTree

A stamp issued by the USA postal service in 1969

To read abut this tree, which is extinct in the wild, go here
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=q160

I was thrilled to find a reference to this tree in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 71, January 2013
LES QUAIS DE MONTREUX by David Bracey

There is also a discussion about the Franklin tree in this Forum
Read the whole page as the discussion is about a book
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=71.msg191#msg191
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 24, 2018, 07:16:24 AM
Pavo cristatus, blue peafowl, peacock

In 2016 Israel issued a, three stamp, series depicting several ancient mosaics, one   from the Synagogue at Maon, Negev, was of a peacock

In May last year I was lucky to get some photos of a peacock but bewailed the fact that I didnt have a stamp featuring a peacock. Luckily my friend S received a package from Israel recently posted with this stamp. S also found this link with information about the series.

http://www.history-of-israel.co.il/stamps/index-2016.html

Now stamp, link and photos come together

I found that there are several references to peacocks in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN most of them mentioning the noise they make.
Today I chose issue number 45, July 2006 for you to read
IMPRESSIONS FROM MY RHODES DIARY:
THE MGS SPRING EXCURSION,
APRIL 1-7, 2006
By Kathryn Bradley- Hole
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 25, 2018, 06:39:52 AM
Nymphaea alba

A stamp issued by Germany in 1957 in a two stamp series named
PROTECTION OF NATURE

You can read all about this water lily here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/11623/i-Nymphaea-alba-i-(H)/Details

Many Mediterranean gardens seem to have a pool for water plants tucked in a corner somewhere.
There are many references to Water Lilies in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and I have chosen number 53, July 2008 for you to read today.*
EMBRACING  MEDITERRANEAN FLORA IN VITERBO  by Helene Pizzi

*Those of you who have been assiduously reading all the journals of the MGS which I have been recommending will now have read all  90 of them
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 26, 2018, 06:43:21 AM
Beta vulgaris var. altissima, Sugar Beet

This stamp was issued by Bulgaria in 1965 in a series named
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

Greece produces a large quantity of sugar from Sugar Beet but unfortunately I have never taken a photo of the root
Anyone interested in reading about  the Greek Sugar Producing Organisation, in Greek,  go here
http://www.ebz.gr/profile.htm

To my surprise I found Sugar Beet mentioned in a couple of issues of
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and have chosen
 THE STORY OF BIETOLA by Daniel Mount in issued 79, January 2015, for you to read
The hidden message in this article is never eat wild greens from the supermarket car park
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 28, 2018, 07:05:23 AM
Dianthus superbus

A stamp issued in 1949 by Switzerland in the PRO JUVENTUTE series to mark the 400th Anniversary of the death of Niklaus Wengi

To read about this plant, in Greek or just look at the photos go here
http://greekflora.gr/el/flowers/1530/Dianthus-superbus-L-1755

To read about a similar dianthus in the MGS Forum go here
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=242.msg1749#msg1749
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 28, 2018, 05:47:23 PM
Dichorisandra sp.
This stamp was issued by Brasil in 1989

I found this information about Dichorisandra thyrsiflora on the RHS website
I dont know if the flower depicted on the stamp is the same one shown on the website
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/5786/i-Dichorisandra-thyrsiflora-i/Details

I posted a scan of this stamp to my e mail friends a few weeks ago but not to the Forum of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY because this plant was not mentioned in any of the societys journals. However, last week, I came across it mentioned growing in one of the gardens the Costa Blanca Branch of the MGS visited in October 2017. There is also a bright  photo of the plant

Read all about  the interesting garden visits this branch of the MGS  makes here
 http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/branches-es-costa.html


Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 29, 2018, 06:30:15 AM
Nooroo Garden, New South Wales

A stamp issued by Australia in 1989 featuring a garden which is open to the public.

To read about this garden go here
http://www.myopengarden.com.au/openGarden.jsp?id=1650

The stamp was among a pile given to me by my friend L

It doesnt look as if there is a reference to this garden anywhere on the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETYs website so instead I am pointing you to
GEELONG BOTANIC GARDEN by Jayne Salmon,
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 37, July 2004
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 30, 2018, 08:36:45 AM
Alectryon excelsus, Titoki

A stamp issued by New Zealand 1960

To read about this tree and see some good photos go here
https://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/table-1/titoki.html

This seems to be a very useful plant for Mediterranean gardens but the only reference I found for it in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN was about it no longer being available in California. TMG number 80, April 2015 in the sundries section
EFFECTS OF HEAT AND DROUGHT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
by Shelley Harter
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Caroline on January 30, 2018, 11:23:47 PM
Titoki is a forest tree so needs some care when young if grown in the open. That said, it is used as an attractive street tree in Auckland, and seems to survive OK.  The kereru, or native wood pigeon, enjoys the seeds when they are ripe.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 31, 2018, 08:06:06 AM
Myotis nattereri, Natterers Bat

Another stamp in the series WOODLAND  ANIMALS which the Royal Mail issued in 2004

For more information of this animal read here
file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/%CE%A4%CE%B1%20%CE%AD%CE%B3%CE%B3%CF%81%CE%B1%CF%86%CE%AC%20%CE%BC%CE%BF%CF%85/Downloads/natterers%20(1).pdf

A bat accidentally flew down the chimney of a little used flat here in our block, unfortunately it could not get out and died. I was given the task of disposing of the body so took the opportunity of taking its photo first. I have no idea which kind of Greek bat it is.
We have quite a few bats here which fly around in the night triggering our security light. I wonder if the bats are the reason we have hardly any mosquitoes in the summer, relatively speaking

Melissa Hamilton in her article GOING NATIVE in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 83, January 2016
Writes abut nesting boxes for birds and bats
This article can be read here
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/wildlife.html#101
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: JTh on January 31, 2018, 02:37:00 PM
You are lucky if you have relatively few mosquitoes in the summer, and maybe the number of bats has helped to some extent. There are lots of myths about bats, however, some of them are saying that bats can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes per hour, which is not true; these figures seem to be based on wild extrapolations from short term experiments under rather abnormal circumstances.

Be careful, though, when handling bats,  you  should always wear gloves; lyssaviruses causing rabies are quite common in European bats. The risk of exposure to humans is low, but three cases of human rabies caused by bat lyssavirus have beenreported since 1977, see https://www.who-rabies-bulletin.org/site-page/general-information.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 31, 2018, 04:15:38 PM
Oh dear,
Well I don't expect to be handling bats in the near future
My husband was bitten by a dog a couple of years ago which was an anxiety filled time  involving vets, the police, the authorities in charge of such events and the owner of the dog.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 01, 2018, 07:11:04 AM
Tulipa

A stamp issued by The Netherlands in 2014.

I think I have posted many stamps depicting tulips so today I decided to let the tulip co star with a blue and white plate from The Netherlands

Tulips, especially wild tulips, are mentioned many times in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I was looking for a reference to Dutch tulips, the ones now, end of January beginning of February, for sale in the shops.
Eventually I came across a reference in the account  of the activities of the Greek branch in 2011. What a lot of excursions they went on and I seem to have missed all of them. Go here to read about  the excursions and trips they made and scroll down to April 20011 to find the reference to Dutch tulips
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/greece-2011.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 02, 2018, 06:41:38 AM
Citrus sinensis, orange

This stamp, issued in 1940 by the Pitcairn Islands, depicts  oranges.

I would never have associated the Pitcairn Islands with oranges but after a quick look at information about the islands I see that the valleys are very fertile.
The same goes for tourism but there you are,  Pitcairn is  on the tourist map
 Go here to read all about the island
http://www.visitpitcairn.pn/

The photo is from an orange grove in Ancient Corinth. Many of the local groves are abandoned as the selling price for oranges is very low. In fact all the oranges we have had this winter have been gifts.

To read about oranges in Spain read
WATER WISDOM: IRRIGATON ANCIENT AND MODERN IN SOUTH -EAST SPAIN by Alan Hawes in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 67, January 2012.

See the MGS website for photographs
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/67-wisdom.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 03, 2018, 07:28:58 AM
Rosa, Rose

A carmine rose coloured stamp issued by Bulgaria in 1938

The stamp depicts a rose and a flask of the famous rose oil produced from roses grown in Bulgaria. Unfortunately I dont have a photo of the tiny bottles we brought back from our trip to Bulgaria which  were all  distributed as gifts long ago . The small wooden doll, another souvenir from Sofia, comes out at Christmas to hang on the tree. I like that he has a rose behind his ear

To read about roses go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 42, October 2005 and read
THE WAR OF THE ROSES
AN AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE by Trevor Nottle

I will be taking a break to prepare more postage stamp posts
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 08, 2018, 05:12:21 PM

A stamp issued by Turkey in 1985

Narcissus tazetta, Μανουσάκι, Rose of Sharon

These flowers are currently being sold in the market at 1 E a bunch.
There must be swathes of them growing in the wild somewhere in Greece but I have never seen them.
A friend brought me some   a week or so ago, hence the photos.

Then we went to a New Years do in January where there was Greek dancing.
I was thrilled to hear this song again which reminded me of the Manousakia.
A part of the lyrics for those who read Greek

Εμένα η μάνα μ' μ' έστειλε να μασώ μανουσάκια
Μανουσάκια, μανουσάκια, μόσχος και γαριφαλάκια
Σαν πήγα και τα μάζεψα και τα 'κανα ματσάκια
Μανουσάκια στο ποτήρι, να σε φίληγα στα χείλη
Στην αγορά τα πούλησα και πήρα παραδάκια
Μανουσάκια, μανουσάκια, μόσχος και γαριφαλάκια
Μωρή, τι τον έχεις τον παπά που κάθεσαι κοντά του;
Μανουσάκια στο ποτήρι, να σε φίληγα στα χείλη
Τον έχει η μάνα μ ' αδερφό κι εγώ τον έχω μπάρμπα
Μανουσάκια, μανουσάκια, μόσχος και γαριφαλάκια

You can hear a rendition of the song here
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weThW-PWoJI

Read about this flower, in Greek, and see photos of it growing in the wild here
http://www.greekflora.gr/el/flowers/0370/Narcissus-tazetta

Last but not least, where you can read about Narcissus tazetta in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.  The journal of the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY. There are many references to this plant, I have chosen
 SPRINGTIME IN WINTER AT THE UC BOTANICAL GARDEN
By Bridget Lamp

A rather long post today, I hope you enjoy it.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 09, 2018, 08:41:37 AM
The article SPRINGTIME IN WINTER AT THE UC BOTANICAL GARDEN mentioned above can be found in issue number 32, April 2003 of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on February 09, 2018, 02:24:07 PM
Hi Hilary.  I have never heard the song before although I know Glygeria.  We certainly saw a lot of them in Northen Greece a few years ago.  They smelled heavenly.  Here in Cyprus we don't see as many as we used to in my younger years and the double variety which grew in wheat fields also seemed to have disappeared in our area. Not much rain to water the wheat or to encourage the 'mitzikorida' their Cypriot name to grow.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 14, 2018, 08:17:24 AM
When the latest issue, 91, of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN turned up in our PO Box I was so enthusiastic about some of the articles and the possibility of using some of my stamps, long waiting in the offing, to accompany them that I decided to devote the next ten Plants of the world on postage stamps thread  to this, the lastest, Journal.
Not as easy as you think nor I thought.
If I had an unlimited supply of stamps depicting olive, pine, and pomegranate trees there would be no problem.
However, by bending my self made rules and using a bit of imagination I think I have done it
Enjoy

Rosa, red
A stamp issued by the USA in 1999

I saw this brave red rose blooming in January in Xylokeriza, Korinthia.

As you can imagine nearly every article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN mentions roses in passing.
Today I am pointing you to the latest issue number 91 to read
SUMMER IN UMBRIA by Christine Margerum
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 15, 2018, 08:13:55 AM


Persea americana, Avocado
Barbados issued a stamp series of sixteen stamps in 2011 named
FLORA, LOCAL FRUITS.

Unfortunately I only have this one stamp from the series.

The photo is of two Avocado pears which have now been consumed.

I have used this stamp and photo on this thread before but am using them again as they go so well with the article by Michael Athen
ANOTHER WAY TO GROW AN AVOCADO,
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 91, January 2018
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on February 15, 2018, 11:40:20 AM
Our avocado tree, grown from a stone.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 15, 2018, 12:08:13 PM
How old is it?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on February 15, 2018, 04:06:42 PM
I can't remember exactly, Hilary, but from stone to shade tree must be around 17/18 years.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 16, 2018, 08:18:37 AM
 Timber Industry, Nigeria

This stamp was issued in 1936 by Nigeria in a series named King George V and local motifs.
The stamp depicts a very tall tree being cut down by two workers.

Apparently there are still some forests left in Nigeria, if rather depleted
Here is a very long article with interesting information and statistics about the current state of Foresty in Nigeria
http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/ab592e/ab592e03.htm

Now to tie this in with an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
As luck would have it Stelios Deverakis wrote about his afforestation effort in Crete in issue number 91.
You can read about his experiences in
GROWING A FOREST ON A GREEK HILLSIDE:
A SMALL PROJECT IN CRETE

 I can hardly imagine the amount of paperwork he would have had to do before planting his first tree
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 17, 2018, 07:43:26 AM
Billbergia nutans
A stamp issued by Hungary in 1971 in a series named
 THE 200th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BUDA
I read that the plant on the left is Nidularium fulgens and the one on the right is Billbergia nutans although the catalogue just says Bromeliaceae.
Here is some information about this plant for you
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/2301/i-Billbergia-nutans-i/Details

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 91, Christina Lambert writes about
DEALING WITH BILLBERGIA NUTANS  AT SPAROZA
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 18, 2018, 07:18:36 AM
Citrus sinensis, orange

This stamp was issued by New Zealand in 1983 in a five stamp series

Actually it is written on the stamp CITRUS FRUIT, the catalogue states
Citrus maxima which is pomelo,  φράπα. In Greek
So the stamp looks as if it depicts an orange - citrus sinensis, a pomelo-
citrus maxima and a lemon- citrus limon   

The photo is of an orange grove at Ancient Corinth on a cold dull day.

In the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 91, Peter Wight writes about his garden in Spain
NOTES FROM EL DRAGO where he grows, among many other interesting plants, olives and oranges

I found a photo in my collecttion of Carpobrotus edulis, an invasive baddie mentioned in the article, taken at Cabo  da  Roca a few years ago
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: JTh on February 18, 2018, 03:52:48 PM
My impression is, at least in our area, that the yellow Carpobrutus edulis is less invasive than the red ones, has anybody else made a similar observation?  I must admit I once planted in our garden as we'll, but it has been removed now. It was was a great way to improve the soil, though, and it has not been spread from our compost heap. Unfortunately, it is now established on our nearest beach (it did not escape from our garden), where it of course looks quite stunning; I believe our neighbours would be mad at me if I tried to uproot it.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 19, 2018, 08:15:38 AM
Drimia maritima, Sea squill [ Urginea maritima to many ]

A stamp issued by Israel in 1961 and which I have used before

The photo was taken on the island of Amorgos, above Agia Anna beach where part of THE BIG BLUE was filmed, more or less looking towards Tilos

Simon Windeler writes in his article TIPOTA DELIGHTS, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 61, about making a garden on a un developed island in the Aegean.

 I thought Tilos was uninhabited   but has now been added to my
Islands yet to visit list

I found this account on the MGSs website .I dont know who wrote it or when   
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/gri.html

There is also an article by Irini Ramphou in TMG, number36
 THE MGS ON TILOS
I wonder if the hoped for Tilos park ever came into being
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 20, 2018, 08:20:37 AM
Camellia japonica

A stamp issued by Poland in 1964

We have seen many Camellia plants growing in Spain; these two were in the courtyard of the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid

Janice Thompson writes in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, issue number 91, in  A PATH EVENTUALLY   The third space is designed to accommodate a pot which can be changed from time to time with different plants.
I thought a small Camellia   might look good in her path 

There seems to be a need of gardeners to make paths using recycled materials. I remember my father and I when I was ten going out in the dead of night, there is no dead of night in the summer in north east England ,  with the wheel barrow to collect old broken bricks from a piece of waste land to make a garden path. Then again when I was twenty we looked for pieces of local sandstone to make a rockery in our new garden,  The new housing estate was built on farmland and there were pieces of sandstone scattered around after the walls surrounding the fields had been destroyed. In fact we were rather late as most of the stones had been saved, there was many a rock garden on our street.

Here is the link for you to read about the famous pavements of Pikionis, the architect entrusted with the remodeling of the Acropolis area and access to Philopappou Hill
http://www.greece-is.com/dimitris-pikionis-the-man-who-shaped-the-acropolis-landscape/

Unfortunately I dont have a photo of these paths in Athens but I do have a photo of the marble floor of the Basilica of Lechaion
A photo of a pavement in Kousadasi  with a blue mati; surrounded by broken tiles
 and a photo of a path a friend of mine made in her kitchen garden   

After preparing this post an account of the garden and the A PATH - EVENTUALLY turned up on the MGS website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/central.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 21, 2018, 07:32:27 AM
Quercus ilex, ENCINA, Holm oak

One of a five stamp series issued by Spain in 1972.

Unfortunately I dont have a photo of this tree but do have photos of
Quercus coccifera, Kermes oak and Quercus alnifolia, the Golden Oak of Cyprus

You can read about this oak tree indigenous to Cyprus here on the red list
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/194053/0

The above is supposed to tie in with ANOTHER HIDDEN GEM by John Joynes in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 91, January 2018

Please correct me if I am wrong with the names of the oaks in  the photos
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 22, 2018, 06:47:22 AM
  Rosa
Roses.A stamp issued by the USA in 1978

The photo is of some roses given to me a couple of years ago

Alisdair Aird and Helena Wiesner in their article
 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - THE 2017 AGM,
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 91 January 2018, write about the many gardens they visited and the many plants they saw.

For photographs of some of these gardens see the MGS website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/91-agm.html

Unfortunately I dont seem to have any stamps depicting the species they saw so have fallen back on that stalwart, the Rose
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 23, 2018, 09:07:08 AM
Acanthiza chrysorrhoa, Yellow- tailed Thornbill

A stamp issued by Australia in 1964

Not having seen this bird nor having been to Australia there are no photos of it on my computer.
However, I found a good article about it here

http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Acanthiza-chrysorrhoa

There are many articles in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN about Australia but none mention this particular bird by name.
Read Alisdair Airds article
 GARDENS, PLANTS, NEW FRIENDS:
THE 2012 AGM IN AUSTRALIA in issue number 71, January 2013 of  TMG
See the MGS website for photographs

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/71-agm.html

To read another article about Australia go to the latest issue of TMG, number 91 January 2018 and read
MILDURA MAGIC by Trevor Nottle
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 24, 2018, 07:05:39 AM
Oenothera drummondi, Beach evening primrose

A stamp issued by Israel to celebrate the 12th Anniversary of Independence

To read about Drummond and this plant go here
https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=OEDR

I took the photo at Caesarea, an ancient port south of Haifa in Israel, in pre digital camera times.

The plant was identified for me by the Forum of the
MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY

Reference to this plant can be found in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
issue  36, April 2004 in
PLANTS THAT DID WELL IN 2003
by members of the West Provence & Languedoc Branch
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 25, 2018, 07:01:17 AM
Hippeastrum puniceum

A stamp issued in 1976 by Egypt

The photo is of a large red lily which can be seen growing in pots in the backyards of some houses here in Corinth. They are owned by an older generation of women and guard them jealously, as well they should. I have never been able to acquire a bulb of this plant which comes up year after year

Hippeasrum bulbs are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,
 number 65, July 2011
COLOURS AND CONTRASTS IN ISRAEL by David Wheeler
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 27, 2018, 07:37:24 AM
Olea europaea, Olive tree

This stamp was issued by Brasil in 1976 to celebrate the
750th Anniversary of the Death of Saint Francis of Assisi
1181 -1226

From looking at the stamp I could have chosen a bird or a tree to illustrate this post. I took the easy way out and chose an Olive tree.
The photo was taken last October at Sparoza, the garden of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY

As luck would have it, the Italian Branch of the MGS is going to visit Assisi in May 2018
You can find information about this day trip here
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/branches-it.html

There is hardly a copy of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN without some reference to Olive trees. Today I have chosen issue 77, July 2014 where you can read PRUNING OLIVE TREES  by Brian Chatterton

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 02, 2018, 06:28:40 AM
Fragaria virginiana, Wild strawberry, Fraise sauvage

A stamp issued, in a seven stamp series, by Canada in 1992

The stamp catalogue doesnt actually say which strawberry the stamp depicts so I am going with Fragaria virginiana which grows in North America
I found the Missouri Botanical Garden provided useful information about this wild strawberry.
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=291715&isprofile=0&=#AllImages

Looking for some reference in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I came across Fragaria californica in issue number 6, Autumn 1996 in
OAKS IN A CALIFORNIA GARDEN  by Katherine Greenberg.

The same continent at least
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 03, 2018, 06:21:16 AM
Disa uniflora, Pride of Table Mountain

A stamp issued by South Africa in 1963 to celebrate
The 50th Anniversary of the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens

To read about this plant go here
http://pza.sanbi.org/disa-uniflora

I have referred you many times to articles written about Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN

Anda Wayland writes in her article CONSERVATION OR CRIME? issue 37, July 2004 about Disa racemosa another plant from South Africa
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 05, 2018, 07:25:22 AM
Allamanda cathartica, golden trumpet

To celebrate the
100th Anniversary of the Birth of Doctor Juan Tomas Roig
Cuba issued a series of stamps featuring Cuban Flowers

I was lucky enough to see this plant growing in the Botanic Garden of Lucca, Italy

To read about Allamanda go here
https://florafaunaweb.nparks.gov.sg/special-pages/plant-detail.aspx?id=1303

Allamanda cathartica appears in a list of
 SOME CLIMBING PLANTS FOR THE MIDI, FRANCE
by Members of the Languedoc Branch in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 56 April 2009.
This particular plant is marked with an asterisk in the list  to note that it is a tender plant and does not bear low temperatures

The one I saw in Lucca was in a pot and probably hauled out of the greenhouse to give the garden a flowery look in November

A discution about this plant can be found here on this Forum
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=1818.msg12461#msg12461
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 06, 2018, 06:52:47 AM
Aesculus hippocastanum. Horse chestnut

This stamp is in a series issued by Sweden  in 1983 named FRUITS

The photo is of Horse Chestnut trees lining the path leading to the site of Ancient Sparta. My son wonders if any one knows of any other Horse Chestnut trees further south in the Peloponnese

To read about this plant go here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/585/i-Aesculus-hippocastanum-i/Details

Horse chestnut trees are mentioned many times in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today read Joanna Millars article
THE AGM 2003 IN TUSCANY [1]
In TMG 35, January 2004
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on March 06, 2018, 11:30:59 AM
Hilary, I don't know about the Peloponnese but we have some Horse Chestnuts here in Cyprus. Of course, they were introduced and planted in the higher reaches of the Troodos Range (above 1500 m), especially alongside streams.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 07, 2018, 06:55:24 AM
Sciurus vulgaris, Red Squirrel
Yet another stamp from the series WOODLAND ANIMALS issued by the Royal Mail in 2004

The photo is of a tiny Wade squirrel which lives on our spice rack. I had entirely forgotten about these small pottery animals until I needed some cinnamon or nutmeg.
They were the little gifts in some Christmas crackers sent to us many years ago. It seems that I must have saved all the tiny animals

Squirrels are mentioned in passing in many issues of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I am always pleased to be able to recommend an article not mentioned in this thread before and re read it myself.
So go to TMG no.27, January 2002 and read
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN:
IMAGE, STYLE OR CULTURALEXPRESSION?  PART 2
 By Russell A. Beatty
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 07, 2018, 01:01:32 PM
A cleaner scan of the Squirrel
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on March 08, 2018, 07:32:44 AM
Amazing quality printing, that you can blow up the little stamp and still see so much detail!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 08, 2018, 08:07:57 AM
Dianthus caryophyllus, Carnation.

A stamp issued by Lebanon in 1973 in a series named
 FLOWERS AND FRUITS

The photo was taken one May when, together with four friends,  I visited a friend of ours who lives in a village outside Corinth.
This carnation must have been growing in a pot on her balcony

As you can imagine carnations are mentioned many times in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. Today I recommend that you read
  GARDENING WITHOUT WATER  by Clive Blazey
 in  number 8, Spring 1997
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 08, 2018, 08:12:40 AM
Yes Alisdair,
I love seeing the tiny stamps on the screen, what my father-in-law used to look at through a magnifying glass   is so much easier to see on the screen.
By the way I have been meaning to say how much i like the new format of the Forum where the photos come up at once without that extra click
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on March 09, 2018, 07:54:51 AM
What a lovely photo of the carnation, Hilary, so subtly framed by the soft-focus blue-grey foliage that it looks three-dimensional yet quite other-worldly!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 09, 2018, 08:14:09 AM
Thankyou.
 I must have had a steady hand that day!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 09, 2018, 08:22:07 AM
Vitis vinifera, grape vine

This stamp was issued by New Zealand in 1983 in a 5 stamp series named Fruits

Since grapes are now out of season I looked round the house for something depicting a grape vine. I found two jugs so here is a photo of one of them

I could only find one article in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN about New Zealand and although it is interesting there is no mention of grape vines
In the end I decided on
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CLIMATE RAMBLINGS by Stroma Buttrose in TMG, number 24, April 2001, for you to read today

There are some posts on this Forum about New Zealand plants and even a recipe. You can read them here
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?action=search2
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 10, 2018, 07:14:58 AM
Armeria maritima, Sea pink ,Thrift

This stamp is from a Royal Mail series issued in 1961 to celebrate the centenary of
THE POST OFFICE SAVINGS BANK 1861-1961

 The stamp depicts the Sea pink, Thrift
For information about this plant look here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/1597/Armeria-maritima/Details

I dont have any photos of  a Thrift plant but do have a photo of a near relative, Armeria pseudarmeria, growing at Cabo da Roca,  Portugal and the useful notice board with information about the plant

Armeria maritima is mentioned quite a few times in
  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I chose A LIVING GIFT TO SPAROZA PART 2:
ΠΕΡΙ ΦΥΤΩΝ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΙΟΥ by Sally Razelou
 in number 73, July 2013
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Fermi on March 10, 2018, 12:26:05 PM
Hi Hilary,
here's a pic of Armeria maritima we took in Ballyvaughan, Ireland last May,
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 11, 2018, 08:30:25 AM
Many thanks,
I see it is growing in the rocks, I seem to remember it growing on the coast of Northumberland .
Just found this link with a photo of Thrift on Lindisfarne

http://www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org/wildflowers/
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 11, 2018, 05:55:23 PM
KYRGYZSTAN
As Alisdair pointed out on the Forum in the thread
PLANT IDENTIFICATION, FLOWER ON A STAMP FROM KYRGYZSTAN
Robin Lane- Fox gave a talk at the MGS AGM in Athens in 2016.
The talk was illustrated by breathtaking photos of wild flowers and scenery photographed by Harriet Rix
I you search the Internet for Robin Lane- Fox Kyrgyzstan you will find the talk and some of the photos

When I saw that there was a stamp series issued by the above country depicting wild flowers of the high mountains I gave way to temptation and acquired the stamps. Most of the plants were named in a catalogue I use and the anonymous one identified by Oron, of this Forum. Jorun and Fermi, of this Forum also, tried their best to identify the plant and I consulted a Russian lady but she told me that they speak a different language in Kyrgyzstan.

Most of the plants have no common names and, as you would expect, they are not mentioned, with the exception of one, in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
So without any more ado here they are
1 Gagea salis now known as Gagea bulbifera [Pall.]Salisb.
2 Chrysanthemum leontopodium
accepted name
 Richteria leontopodium
3 Tulipa gregeigii mentioned in TMG number 80 on page 55 in the  review of
 FLORA OF THE SILK ROAD : AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE
4 Anemone protracta
5 Paeonia intermedia
6 Leontopodium leontopodioides
And last but not least
7 Saussurea involucrata, The Snow lotus of the Himalayas
identified by Oron on thes Forum
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 12, 2018, 07:14:01 AM
Gentiana, Gentian
Timbre Tax, France
A stamp issued in 1965 in a series named Fleurs des Champs.
From what I understand this was a stamp affixed to an envelope to show how much more postage  still had to be paid

The photo is from a journal I wrote after a trip to Switzerland in 1964. Apparently I had visited the Alpine garden at Schynige Platte and even eaten my lunch at the hotel.
I remember the garden very well but not the view nor the lunch, omelette, the cheapest thing on the menu

Although not a plant you would associate with Mediterranean gardens, the Gentian is mentioned several times in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN the journal of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY. Today I have chosen issue number 11 Winter 1997/8 for you to read
A SMALL GARDEN IN MELBOURNE by Caroline Davies
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Umbrian on March 12, 2018, 07:54:30 AM
Fascinating post re stamps from Kyrgyzstan Hilary. I have just completed an online course about the European ' discovery' of China and of course the Silk Road featured strongly. The course was very intense and it didn't occur to me at the time to consider the diverse flora that would also have been discovered. Now I shall look up the article you mentioned in the Journal. Nothing but rain here so a welcome diversion. Thank you
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on March 12, 2018, 08:09:44 AM
If you can get hold of a copy of the book by Chris and Basak Gardner it's well worth it. An amazing book with some fantastic photos, highly recommended.
In a complete change of subject, we need some of your rain, please, Carole. We have had very little over the winter and the water situation for this summer is looking bleak. Our cats, like this one, Κουρεμα by name, might be enjoying the warmth of the sun but we desperately need rain.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Caroline on March 12, 2018, 10:00:13 PM
That's a cat at peace with the world!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 13, 2018, 06:37:26 AM
Acer platanoides, Norway maple
A stamp issued by Sweden in 1983 in the series named FRUITS.
I dont seem to have a photo of this tree but here is a helpful website
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/246/i-Acer-platanoides-i/Details

Now I realise that this tree is not likely to feature in a Mediterranean garden but I did come across this article, in a round about way, and it is too good to pass by
SOME MAPLES [ ACER ]
SUITABLE FOR GARDEN USE
IN MEDITERRANENAN CLIMATES
 By Philip McMillan Browse
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN Number 8 , Spring 1997
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Umbrian on March 13, 2018, 09:44:39 AM
Regarding your comment about lack of rain John, I would be only too pleased  for you to have some of ours. Colin used to keep weather records when we lived in the country but sadly no longer does. I am sure this winter would show a record amount under the rainfall and am certain we would have been housebound on quite a few occasions with the small stream at the bottom of our land that we had to ford becoming impassable.
Today the clouds have passed over - I will try to direct them to you!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: JTh on March 13, 2018, 02:08:35 PM
I actually wasn't aware of the English name of this tree, which we have quite a few of in our neighbourhood. The photos are taken in the autumn at a large sports ground/park near our house.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4781/25914971067_cd08c2aff2.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Fu212Z)
_A284400.jpg Norway maple leaf - spisslnn (https://flic.kr/p/Fu212Z) by Jorun Tharaldsen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46063510@N03/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4779/40786345461_9b635b2b40.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2599FwM)
_A284394.jpg Autumn maples at Voldslkka (https://flic.kr/p/2599FwM) by Jorun Tharaldsen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46063510@N03/), on Flickr

Sometimes the leaves are even more colourful, as in this newly-planted maple outside the new Oslo Skatehall which is part of the sports ground.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4578/38137277536_d680f2ce63.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2174vVS)
IMG_20171105_151924270-2.jpg New skating hall, Voldslkka (https://flic.kr/p/2174vVS) by Jorun Tharaldsen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46063510@N03/), on Flickr

This is what the area looks like in the summer (a part of it), many of the trees are Norway maples:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4341/36504154346_37c0ba7fba_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XBKkiu)
P8137014.jpg Voldslkka (https://flic.kr/p/XBKkiu) by Jorun Tharaldsen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46063510@N03/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 14, 2018, 06:27:57 AM
Lovely photos and how peaceful it all looks.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 14, 2018, 06:30:49 AM
Apodemus flavicollis, Yellow Necked Mouse
One more stamp from the series WOODLAND ANIMALS issued by the Royal Mail in 2004

Looking round the house I found these two mice. One was from Christmas crackers of long ago and the other one from Crete. I remembered that one of our children gave it to us but none of them can recall doing so. It was most likely bought from some foreign tourists who were selling these mice, carved from soapstone, on the beach. One is hoping that when he holds it he will remember it. Both mice are very small but look huge in the photos, maybe I should snap then with a ruler like the archaeologists do

I thought
THE HISTORY OF CRETAN LANDSCAPES AND THEIR SPECIAL PLANTS
 By Oliver Rackham in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 63, January 2011 would be a suitable article for you to read
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 15, 2018, 07:00:58 AM
Adonis amurensis also known as Amur adonis

A stamp issued by Japan in 1982 and depicting a plant native to Japan

This stamp was given to me, with a pile of other stamps, by my friend L

To read about this plant and how to look after it go here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/213543/i-Adonis-i-Fukujukai/Details

Adonis, not this one specifically, is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, 64 April 2011as being an invasive weed.
From the President    TRAVELLING SEEDS by Jean Vache
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 17, 2018, 07:38:25 AM
Alpinia sp, Shell Ginger
A stamp issued by Ghana in 1959 in series of 13 postage stamps named National Symbols.
This plant appears to be native of Asia

This plant is mentioned on THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETYs website. Use this link then scroll down to June 2017, A succulent workshop
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/branches-crete.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 18, 2018, 08:57:41 AM
Solanum tuberosum, Potato, USSR

A, 7 stamp, series issued by the USSR in 1964

The photo is of potatoes from Cyprus

There is a reference to potatoes in LEARNING, NOT DOZING!: by Gillian Biddle,
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 51, January 2008
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 19, 2018, 10:15:08 AM
Vinca herbacea,

Another stamp featuring flowers issued by Hungary in 1971

You can read about it, in Greek, here.
http://www.greekflora.gr/el/flowers/0595/Vinca-herbacea

Susanna Linhart mentions Vinca in
A WILD GARDEN IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
Issue number 25, July 2001 of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 20, 2018, 07:28:26 AM
Coffea arabica, Coffee plant

A stamp issued by Cameroun in 1956

I took the photo of coffee grinders in the local shop where we buy nuts, loukoumia and all the dried fruit required for the Christmas cake 

Coffea arabica is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN in issue number 13, Summer 1998 in
 THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF PALERMO
By Sabine Rossini Oliva
There is also an anonymous drawing of Coffea arabica  on page 11 , presumably the drawing was done by Derek Toms.
 By issue 17 all drawings are attributed to  the person who executed them
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 22, 2018, 07:24:58 AM
Helichrysum melitense, Sempreviva to Ghawdex, Maltese Everlasting

A stamp issued by Malta in 2000, designed by Maurice Tanti Burlo

Helichrysum melitense is one  of the plants mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 91 in
MELITENSE THE MALTESE QUARRY GARDEN FOR
M&G CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2017
By James & Helen Basson

Now I cant say we saw much vegetation when we visited Malta in the heat of the summer one year.
So I am including a photo of a stamp,  depicting Fort St Angelo. which  I was originally  going to use with this effort. Also two photos taken of various buildings we saw on a round the harbour boat trip of Valletta
No shortage of golden coloured stone on Malta
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 23, 2018, 07:08:09 AM
Alstroemeria aurantiaca

A stamp issued by Argentina in 1985

You can read about this plant here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=950

Apparently these flowers are regularly in stock at the local florists.
I had the choice of yellow, pink or red , I chose red

The easiest article of all to connect a stamp with an article was
SOME WONDERFUL MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE PLANTS by Judy Thomas in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 91, January 2018

Thats it folks, I managed to connect every article in TMG, 91 with a postage stamp .
Roll on TMG 92
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 24, 2018, 07:09:07 AM
Ophrys scolopax, Woodcock Orchid

Tunisia issued a series of stamps in 1980 named
ANIMALS AND PLANTS

There are some good photos here. 
https://www.first-nature.com/flowers/ophrys-scolopax.php
Apparently this plant grows in Tunisia

Another plant mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Julie-Amadea  Pluriel mentions Ophrys scolopax in her article
THE MASSIF DE CRUSSOL:
AN OUTPOST OF THE MEDITERRANEAN in issue number 79, January 2015
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 06, 2018, 06:25:53 AM
Camellia sinensis, Tea.
This stamp was issued in 1945 by Nyasaland
The title is TEA ESTATE- MLANJE MOUNTAIN
The country is now called Malawi and the mountaim Mulanje

Look here to read about this mountain and other attractions in South Malawi
http://www.malawitourism.com/pages/attractions/the_attraction.asp?AttractionsID=27

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The oriental habit of drinking tea an infusion of the leaves of Camellia sinensis
A quotation from  the book review of Velletri, le sue Camelie by Piero Caneti with contributions by Paola Lanzara and Emilio Bongiovanni. The review was written by Flavio Zanon
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 20, April 2000

The photo is of a teacup and a packet of herbal tea, both gifts
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Fermi on April 06, 2018, 08:23:32 AM
Isopogon formosus ssp dasylepis was featured on an Australian stamp from 2015 (a series of 4 wildflowers).
You can read about this Western Australian protea relative here: https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2004/isopogon-formosus.html (https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2004/isopogon-formosus.html)
Someone else will have to see if it appears in the MGS journals as I'm not a subscriber.
Lastly a couple of pics of another Isopogon (Possibly I. cuneatus) growing in a sandbed in our Central Victorian garden.
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 06, 2018, 10:52:17 AM
Fermi,

I love all the photos you post of your garden and plants. i saw some tiny narcissus a couple of days ago in Madrid and thought of your collection. If the photos are any good i will post them.
I also love the photo of an Australian stamp featuring a plant which you posted today. I have yet to read the link .

However, after having a good laugh, i must tell you that my idea of posting photos of stamps which depict plants mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN was with the , vain it seems, intention of drumming up some more members to the society. Personally  I can hardly wait for the next journal to arrive
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 07, 2018, 07:39:58 AM
Sciurus vulgaris, Red Squirrel

This postage stamp was issued by the Royal Mail in 1961 to celebrate
THE POST OFFICE SAVINGS BANK 1861-1961
The stamp depicts a Squirrel squirrelling away nuts for the winter, a wise Owl looking on and a bird sitting on a nest

The photos are of a wooden squirrel my father made when he took up woodworking for a short while. I think it was too cold in the garage and woodworking too messy to be done in the house so he gave it up after completing this squirrel and a small dog.

Looking through the excellent index of
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I discovered that squirrels are mentioned in seven articles. I admit that I didnt look at all seven journals to pick out one to recommend, but chose issue number 25 July 2001 where Katherine Greenberg writes in
 A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
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While I was away many seedling oaks had grown from acorns planted last fall by the resident squirrels and scrub jays as a winter food supply

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 08, 2018, 06:24:16 AM
Cercis siliquastrum, Judas tree,
A stamp in the three stamp series THE TREES OF THE HOLY LAND issued by Israel in 1981.
This tree is in blossom now, the beginning of April.The one down in the back yard which looked quite dead a couple of weeks ago is now bright pink.
Here is a photo taken this morning
No shortage of articles to choose from for the Judas tree.
THOUGHTS INSPIRED BY A MINI MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
By Francois Travert in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 39 January 2005 is interesting
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Umbrian on April 08, 2018, 06:40:21 AM
Always a red letter day when the Journal arrives Hilary and there is an interesting cross reference in the lastest - No 92 - regarding oak trees and acorns.  Christine Magerum writes of the devestation caused by wild boar seeking out the bountiful harvest of acorns that drop from the oaks on her land. I too suffered from these marauding animals when living in our original house in the wilds of Umbria where we were surrounded by oak woods. Squirrels abounded too their favourite food being the cones on my Cupressus sempervirens. Gardening is always done hand in and with the joys and 'miseries' of the natural world around us!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 09, 2018, 07:15:12 AM
Talking of oak trees
Quercus ithaburensis

The last stamp from the three stamp series THE TREES OF THE HOLY LAND issued by Israel in 1981

You can read about this tree here, in Greek
http://www.greekflora.gr/el/flowers/3139/Quercus-ithaburensis-subsp-macrolepis

This tree is mentioned as growing on Mount Parnitha in Attica, Greece in the article written by Valerie Whittington THE 2013 AGM: ATTICA
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 75, January 2014
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 10, 2018, 06:30:44 AM
Pancratium maritimum, Sea Daffodil

This stamp was issued by Israel in 1960 in a series   issued to celebrate the
12th Anniversary of Independence
The photo was taken on the island of Naxos in 1991in before digital camera days

There are many articles to choose from mentioning Sea Daffodils in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.  I decided on TMG issue 52, April 2008 for you to read
SOLLER BOTANICAL GARDEN by Robin Musters
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 11, 2018, 06:18:44 AM
Ammotragus  lervia .Aoudad, Barbary Sheep

The second stamp in the series issued in 1980 by Tunisia

The Red List gives information about this goat
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/1151/0

There are many references to goats in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but not this one of course.
Since anyone who has visited the Greek countryside will have come across goats I am sure you would like to  read
A CISTUS HYBRID IN CRETE by Olivier Filipppi in TMG number 24, April 2001
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 12, 2018, 05:54:25 AM
Anthyllis onobrychioides

A stamp issued by Spain in 1974
I have not been able to find out much about this plant except that the flowers are yellow
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They grow in heads 10-12 flowered , which appear in June and July. A native of Spain

There is no reference to this particular plant in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and I have not been able to find much on the web written for the layman.
However Anthyllis barba-jovis, which I imagine is a relative, is mentioned many times in TMG. I often wonder what this plant looks like but never enough to actually look it up. I see it is grown at Sparoza

You can read about Anthyllis barba-jovis here
TMG number 76, April 2014.SIX SPAROZA PLANTS ; COLOURS IN SPRING  by Caroline Harbouri
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on April 12, 2018, 12:58:02 PM
Hilary, I don't know how to link from one thread to another, but if you look at Morning Walks, page 13, reply #187 dated April 1, the first photo is of the Anthyllis barba-jovis in our garden. It came originally from Sparoza.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 12, 2018, 01:22:45 PM
Anthyllis barba-jovis
In John J's garden

I expect I will be seeing it all over the place now.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 13, 2018, 07:21:41 AM
Zea mays, Maize

A stamp issued in 1964 by the USSR in a, seven stamp, series named AGRICULTURAL CROPS

I came across these two dried Maize cobs in a traditional shop in Chinchon. The shop was selling baskets and different kinds of rope and agricultural looking tools. I dont know if the Maize was not more for decoration than sale although the owner did tell us how to prepare the corn to be able to eat it

Maize is mentioned in three issues of  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN which is not many times considering every Mediterranean garden with a vegetable patch usually has a line of Maize at the edge.
Of the three articles in TMG I have already used two of them so now we go to the third in TMG number 58, October 2009.
Go to the letters and read the one by Salley Vickers about the dangers of genetic modification
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 14, 2018, 06:03:17 AM
Gentiana verna ,Spring Gentian

A stamp issued by The Royal Mail in 1964.

The photo is of a leaflet I collected in 1964 when I visited Switzerland and wrote a journal about the experience

Gentiana verna is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 20, April 2000 in a list of plants compiled by Dick Elliot which he has growing in his garden in Nottingham.
Read GREEK PLANTS IN A NOTTINGHAM GARDEN
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Fermi on April 14, 2018, 02:16:03 PM
Hi Hilary,
I like the painting from that leaflet.
Spring Gentian was one of the wildflowers we scoured the Burren in Western Ireland to find last May,
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 14, 2018, 03:15:12 PM
Lovely
To me they are even mythical as I have never seen one
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 15, 2018, 06:19:26 AM
Cyclamen europaeum

The last stamp in the series issued by Tunisia in 1980

Cylamen europaeum is a synonym for Cyclamen purpurascens

Looking for references to this plant in Tunisia I came across this website
http://www.cyclamen.org/plants/species/cyclamen-africanum/

I copied the photo of cyclamen leaves from
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETYs Face Book page.

To read all about growing Cyclamen go to
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 76, April 2014 and read A CYCLAMEN NURSERY IN ENGLAND by Helena Wiesner.

The cover drawing of the journal is of the varied markings of Cyclamen hederifolium leaves by Marjorie Holmes.   
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 16, 2018, 06:21:13 AM
Paeonia banatica

A stamp issued by Hungary in 1971

I found some information about this plant on The Red List here
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/162451/0

There is a reference to Paeonia officinalis mentioned in a list of lower growing plants in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 3, 1995/6.
Read HOME GROWN VARIETIES by Derek Toms

There is also a reference to Paeonia officinalis here in the Forum
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=1720.msg11950#msg11950
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 17, 2018, 06:46:59 AM
Arbutus andrachne, Strawberry Tree

A stamp issued in a three stamp series named
 THE TREES OF THE HOLY LAND, by Israel in 1981

There is always a crowd having their photos taken in Puerta del Sol in Madrid in front of the
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bronze statue of the symbol of Madrid a bear reaching for the fruit of a madrono [strawberry tree].
  Here is a photo of the statue of the  tree and the bear.

Arbutus andrachne is mentioned by Marjorie Holmes in her article
A WINTER GARDEN
 in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 39, January  2005

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 18, 2018, 07:20:10 AM
Aquila chrysaetos, Golden Eagle

The last stamp in the series issued by Tunisia in 1980

All you might want to know about the Golden Eagle can be found here
http://eol.org/pages/1049119/details

For Eagles I had the choice of two articles in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and chose
 FLOWERS IN GEORGIA by Katharine Fedden
in issue number 72, April 2013

For photographs of some of the plants Katharine saw in Georgia, see the MGS website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/72-georgia.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 19, 2018, 05:57:57 AM
Allium triquetrum, Stinking Onion

This stamp was on a postcard sent to us from Guernsey. Looking up information I found that it is one of a ten stamp series named WILD FLOWERS

Apparently this plant is very common on Guernsey. You can read about it here
http://www.guernsey.net/~cdavid/botany/files/allium%20triquetrum/index.html

This bulbous plant can be found in a list compiled by Derek Toms in
 HOME GROWN VARIETIES
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of over 200 Mediterranean plants which are, or have been, cultivated in temperate gardens
The article is in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 3, Winter 1995/6
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 21, 2018, 05:39:22 AM
Calendula officinalis, Marigold

This stamp, issued by Nepal in 1969, was among a pile my friend L donated towards this effort.

The photo is of a Marigold for sale at a local plant nursery

Looking through the index of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I found four references to Calendula officinalis. I have chosen
 COPING WITH THE CLIMATE IN TUSCANY by Judith MacDonald
TMG no. 4, Spring 1996 for you to read today
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Fermi on April 21, 2018, 02:26:39 PM
Hi Hilary,
I think your pic of an African (?) Marigold (Tagetes erecta) is appropriate as that's what it looks like on the stamp rather than calendula.  In India (and presumably in Nepal) Tagetes flowers are used in ceremonial wreathes and decorations in temples and shrines - which seems strange as they originate in the "New World" and could only have been introduced from the West by the Portuguese and other colonial powers - but then again chilies also come from the Americas and think about how pervasive they are in Indian cooking!
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 21, 2018, 06:50:27 PM
So my photo is of Tagetus erecta. I will change the name of the photo on my computer, thanks Fermi.
 
I looked at the stamp site where i find information about dates and names of the plants on the stamps I post. I see that the series is named FLOWERS not flowers of Nepal . Another stamp, of the four stamp series, is of Euphorbia pulcherrima
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 22, 2018, 06:07:22 AM
Zinnia peruviana, Chinta del Campo

Argentina issued a series aptly named FLOWERS OF ARGENTINA in 1982.
Then again in 1983 once more in 1985 and finally in 1989 passing through three monetary systems.

Zinnias are very popular here in Greece and seem to blossom in the autumn.
A collection of three photos of Zinnias which I have used before
 I found a reference to Zinnias in THE MEDITERRANENAN GARDEN number 46 October 2006
Read THE REINHARDT GARDEN:
2. A WORK OF ART by Ida Tonini

Photographs of this garden can be seen here
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/46-reinhardt.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 23, 2018, 06:29:43 AM
Tillandsia aeranthos, Airplant, CLAVEL DEL AIRE

This stamp was issued by Argentina in 1982

There are plenty of photos of this plant on the web if you search by its name, apparently it is very easy to grow

I didnt expect to find Tillandsia referred to in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but was nicely surprised to read about it twice IN THE LAND OF VESUVIUS by Lindsay Blyth . TMG , number  64, April 2011
For photographs of some of the gardens visited, see UK Branch page on the MGS website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/branches-uk-b.html
Scroll down to September / October 2010
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 24, 2018, 06:23:30 AM
Bauhinia candicans, Pata de Vaca

Another flower from the stamp series issued by Argentina in 1983
I cant say I have seen a white Bauhinia so no photo

Apparently Bauhinia candicans is a synonym for
Bauhinia forficata subsp. Pruinosa
Looking through the index to THE MEDITERRANENAN GARDEN I came across Bauhinia forficata
TMG number 80 April 2015 in
From the President:
 AWESOME PLANTS 
By Alisdair Aird
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 25, 2018, 06:17:48 AM
Capreolus capreolus, Roe Deer

Another stamp from the UK issued by the Royal Mail in 2004 in the series WOODLAND ANIMALS

I  found this reference to deer in the DADIA LEFKIMI-SOUFLI  FOREST NATIONAL PARK , Thrace, Greece.
http://dadia-np.gr/?page_id=4317&lang=en

The photo is of a blue fawn which my mother had bought at a bring and buy sale and which caused, probably the only argument in my parents marriage. It sat in the middle of the mantlepiece in the front room.

Looking for references to deer in the index to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  I was surprised at just how many time deer are mentioned
Read THE BENEFITS OF MULCH by Katherine Greenberg, in TMG number 18, Autumn 1999, where she writes of using mulch on the deer trails in her garden 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on April 25, 2018, 07:40:09 AM
Yesterday morning, here in Sussex (back from the MGS tour of Uzbekistan), we looked out of the bedroom window and counted 31 fallow deer enjoying breakfast in the field just outside our garden - they're quite a plague here, thriving in such numbers that they almost completely prevent natural regeneration of the woodland, by never giving the young saplings a chance to survive to adulthood. But it's hard not to have a soft spot for Bambi!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 27, 2018, 06:15:35 AM
Malus domestica, Apple

Yugoslavia 1952/53 in a series named NATIONAL ECONOMY

The photo is of the apples we are eating just now and the tablecloth which was given to me by a friend from Romania

I was spoilt for choice when the question of finding an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN where apples are mentioned.
I chose THE GARDENS OF RONDA by Sue Bently in TMG number 32, April 2003
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 28, 2018, 05:57:18 AM
Calystegia sepium and Echium vulgare, larger Bindweed and Vipers Bugloss

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail, in a six stamp series named FLOWERS, in 1967

I am posting photos of flowers which I have identified as Calystegia sepium and Echium angustifolium. Corrections gladly accepted.

Bindweed is mentioned in several copies of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but not Calystegia sepium specifically.
Read all about
 OF WEEDS AND MEMORY by Virginia Scaretti
 in TMG number 15 Winter 1998/9

Vipers Bugloss is also mentoned a couple of times.
Go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number  62, October 2010 and read
THE OCCASIONAL GARDENER IN A MEDITERRANEAN SETTING
by Andrew Polmear
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on April 28, 2018, 07:21:11 AM
Lovely picture of the echium, Hilary!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on April 30, 2018, 06:14:31 AM
Eichornia crassipes, CAMALOTE- CALA  DE  AQUA

A stamp issued by Argentina in 1989
You can read about it here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/6309/i-Eichhornia-crassipes-i/Details

This water plant is mentioned in four issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, the journal of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY. I have chosen
THE AQUATICS AND THEIR CULTIVATION IN MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATES by Gianluca Corazza
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 01, 2018, 07:17:52 AM
Rosa, red
A stamp issued by Switzerland in 1972 in aid of Pro Juventute

I quote
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Pro Juventute is a charitable foundation in Switzerland established in 1912. It is dedicated to supporting the rights and needs of Swiss children and youth.
Since 1913, the Swiss post office has issued an annual charity stamp series to support the work of Pro Juventute.

The photo was taken yesterday in Ancient Corinth, forgive me for using  the same photo twice.   

The latest issue of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 92, April 2018 has been sitting on my desk for a week or so waiting its turn to be used in this thread.
Today I recommend that you start off going through this issue by reading   
A MAN OF A THOUSAND OCCUPATIONS AND HIS EARLY MELBOURNE GARDEN by Caroline Davies
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 21, 2018, 08:02:29 AM
Aristolochia trilobata, Dutchmans Pipe

A stamp issued by the British Virgin Islands in 1981 in  five stamp series

A Pipe Plant is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 31 January 2003.
Read THE 2002 AGM IN CALIFORNIA  by Freda Cox
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on May 22, 2018, 07:10:25 AM
... and yesterday's cover picture for the MGS facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/mediterraneangardensociety) was of the huge-flowered Aristolochia gigantea
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 22, 2018, 07:31:50 AM
Yes, a coincidence
Just now I am without my computer so any of the blurbs I might have prepared and useful photos to accompany the post are all unavailable to me at the moment.
The stamps were all scanned  on my husband's computer so I can get at them
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 22, 2018, 07:51:58 AM
Hibiscus hybrid
A stamp issued by Jamaica in 1987
There are many references to Hibiscus plants in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, unfortunately non for this particular one.
I have chosen issue number 17, Summer 1999 for you to read today
A PLANT COLLECTOR by Irene Shepard
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on May 22, 2018, 09:45:49 AM
Another coincidence, Hilary, I had taken photos of flowers on our Hibiscus tiliaceus and was about to post them on the forum when I saw your post. The first one is of a flower newly opening and the second is of one that has darkened prior to falling.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 23, 2018, 05:21:28 AM
Pinus, Pine tree
A stamp issued by Japan in 1972
To read about reforestation go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 40, April 2005.
POSITIVE REFLECTIONS FROM APHRODITES ISLAND, PART 2 :
REPLANTING AN ASBESTOS MINE by John Joynes
I wonder if the Pine trees planted in this scheme are now tall trees.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 24, 2018, 05:36:50 AM
Actinidia deliciosa, Kiwi fruit

A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1983

This climber along with others is mentioned in
 CLIMBING PLANTS FOR A COURTYARD IN THE MIDI, FRANCE by David Bracey
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 35, January 2004
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on May 24, 2018, 08:33:14 AM
One of the surprises for me on the MGS Italy trip was seeing the mass production of kiwis being carried out in the area we first visited. It explained the abundance of them presented in the fruit selection on the breakfast buffet at our hotel.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on May 24, 2018, 09:27:32 AM
With regard to your earlier comment about the pines, Hilary, the following photos were taken in January this year. The trees in the foreground were planted early in the project while the terraces further out were much later. The area is so large that they can only work on a relatively small part of it each year. It will take many years to complete and return it to what it was before the mining began in 1904.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 25, 2018, 01:31:17 PM
Looks good
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 25, 2018, 02:09:50 PM
Hemerocallis, Day lily

A stamp issued by San Marino in 1971

To read about this useful plant go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 64, April 2011 and read

LESSONS FROM A GREEK GARDEN IN THE MANI by John Hayes

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 26, 2018, 05:31:48 AM
Nymphea gigantea

One more stamp issued by Hungary in 1971

Water lilies are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, issue number 13, Summer1998
THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF PALERMO by Sabine Rossini Oliva
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 27, 2018, 05:40:58 AM
Chrysanthemum

A stamp issued by Japan in 1966

All references to Chrysanthemum in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN seem to be about the wild kind
Today I chose A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A VINEYARD IN GREECE by Gilly Cameron Cooper for you to read
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 67, January 2012
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 28, 2018, 06:00:16 AM
Citrus fruit for export

This stamp was issued by Spain in 1981

Both oranges and lemons are mentioned in
THE ALBARDA GARDEN, A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN by Edith Haeuser
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 92,  April, 2018

For photographs of the Albarda Garden, see the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/92-albarda.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 29, 2018, 05:54:45 AM
Lantana camara

This stamp was issued by the Maldives in 1973

Lantana camara is mentioned in THE RENAISSANCE OF A SICILIAN GARDEN by Lesley Dellagana
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 92, April 2018
For photographs, see the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/92-sicily.html

Looking through my e mail files I came across this post
Lantana camara
This bushy plant impressed me when I first saw it 40 odd years ago growing in the Town Square of Corinth.
The original bushes are still going strong pruned to a low hedge shape.
In the photos this plant spills over the wall of a house in the next street to us.
The flower opens as very light pink then deepens to a darker pink
Hilary
13th October 2010

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 30, 2018, 05:22:32 AM
Eucalyptus globulus, Blue gum

A tiny stamp issued by Australia in 1968

In DRINKING FROM A CLOUD by Judith Irwin,
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, April 2018 you can read all you want to know about Eucalyptus trees and their habits
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on May 31, 2018, 05:41:44 AM
Litchi chinensis, Lychee tree

A stamp issued by the Republic of China, Taiwan in 2002

This tree is mentioned in MORE HIDDEN GEMS by John Joynes in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 92, April 2018
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 01, 2018, 07:47:43 AM
Quercus ilex, Encina
Pinus sylvestris, Pino sylvestre.

Stamps issued by Spain in 2000

The stamps I use in these posts are either owned by me or have been lent to me to scan, however, these two stamps were photographed by my daughter who was visiting a friend and telling her about my flower / plant postage stamp project. Her friends father, who suffers from Alzheimers, jumped up and brought out his stamp collection to show his stamps of these two trees.

Pine trees and Oak trees are mentioned in
THE EVOLVING MODERN LANDSCAPE:
LEGACIES OF THE GETTY AND THE GULBENKIAN
 By Ann Semaan Beisch
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 92, April 2018
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 02, 2018, 05:27:54 AM
Mirbelia spinosa, Spiny Mirbelia

A stamp issued by Australia in 2015

This plant is endemic to Western Australia in the area round Perth

In the latest THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 92 April 2018 there are two articles about Australia mentioning many plants but, as luck would have it, I dont have a single stamp featuring any of these plants, or I have already used the stamps in this thread.
However, I discovered that Mirbelia spinosa is endemic to a South Western Australia where the garden in this article is placed
RIOT AND RESTRAINT-
A GARDEN IN FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
 Margot Tobin does not seem to have Mirbelia in her riotous garden but she must surely be familiar with this plant
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 03, 2018, 05:35:44 AM
Epacris impressa, Common Heath

A stamp issued by Australia in 1968

This plant is endemic to south eastern Australia and grows under tall forest trees

The second article about Australia in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 92 is centered round south eastern Australia and the city of Adelaide in particular

I wonder if the Common Heath is not the unidentified plant Christina Lambert was so impressed by
Quote
Sprinkled through the forest, some plants which were about 50 centimeters tall and were in full flower- very pretty flowers that are of elongated bell shaped and that ranged from white through pink to darkish red.
Read
A VISIT TO SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA:
PART I, ADELAIDE by Christine Lambert
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 05, 2018, 05:34:12 AM
Vegetables.

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1989 in a 4 stamp series named
 FOOD AND FARMING YEAR 1989

 I love the look of the fresh leeks and cabbage

To read about the experiences of Graham Cooke  and his wife working in a fruit and vegetable garden go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 92, April 2018.
WORKING IN A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN IN PROVENCE
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 06, 2018, 05:40:24 AM
Meles meles, Badger

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1977 in a five stamp series named
WILDLIFE PROTECTION 

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN   number 92, April 2018
 Christine Margerum writes in  OF WILD BOARS, GRUBS AND BADGERS
 about her experiences with the wildlife in Umbria
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 08, 2018, 05:47:23 AM
Aloe lutescens

A stamp issued by Botswana, in a four stamp series, in 1975 to celebrate Christmas

Apparently the flowers of this plant slowly turn yellow
There is some information about it here
http://redlist.sanbi.org/species.php?species=2206-152

Aloe lutescens is in a list of Aloes compiled by Trevor Nottle in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 46, October 2006
Read ALOE, ALOE, ALOE.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 09, 2018, 07:14:15 AM
Convallaria majalis, Lily of the valley, Muguet

This stamp was issued by Yugoslavia in 1963

It is many years since I have seen Lily of the valley. My aunt had some growing in her front garden and she gave me some roots. They were very slow growing; I had expected wide swathes of the flowers. I have just read that
Quote
In favourable conditions it can from large colonies,
obviously our windy garden did not provide favourable conditions

Convallaria is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 49, July 2007.
Read GARDENING IN THE SHADE OF THE PYRAMID  by Duncan Thomas
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: JTh on June 10, 2018, 07:59:47 PM
I suppose it's easier to grow it in the northern part of Europe. Here in Oslo, Norway, you have to be careful if you plant it in your garden,  it's quite invasive. I planted a few in a corner several years ago, but had to remove them. A few escaped the garden and the plants are well-established in the yard outside my greenhouse; clay and gravel seems to be perfect for them. Of course , no flowers now, we have had more than month with no rain and temperatures up to 33 degrees C, which is quite unusual here, and everything is growing too fast.

[(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1732/42668970222_a2aa788512_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/281vCho)
IMG_20180609_162005.jpg Convallaria majalis (https://flic.kr/p/281vCho) by Jorun Tharaldsen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46063510@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Umbrian on June 11, 2018, 06:15:18 AM
I love them for their perfume, my husband hates them - says they make him think of graveyards........I tucked some away in an obscure corner of the new garden I am creating when offered them by a friend but so far the clump has remained small and no flowers...
Just rewards?!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 11, 2018, 07:10:08 AM
Orchis maculata now known as Dactylorhiza maculata, Heath spotted- orchid

A stamp issued by Iceland in 1968

There are a couple of references to Dactylorhiza in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN 
I am pointing you today to issue number 60, April 2010.
WEED RISK ASSESSMENTS
A WARNING  by Roy Pavelin
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 12, 2018, 06:25:25 AM
Pitcairnia angustifolia

A stamp issued by the British Virgin Islands in 1981

I have not been able to find out anything about this plant except that it is a Bromeliad.

There seem to be plenty of Bromeliads growing in Lotusland
Read  GANNA WALSKAS LOTUSLAND by Martin Wood in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 4, Spring 1996
This article is reprinted in the 20th Anniversary Issue of
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 77 July 2014

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 13, 2018, 05:22:31 AM
Prunus spinosa, Blackthorn, Sloe

A stamp issued by Sweden in 1983

I am happy to tell you that Prunus spinosa is mentioned in a couple of issues of the
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Go to number 22, October 2000 to read
WINDBREAK HEDGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN  : PART II by Piero Caneti
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Umbrian on June 13, 2018, 06:20:47 AM
Love Sloes for making a favourite winter tipple - Sloe Gin - but oh those thorns - the slightest prick from which always seem to become inflamed with me and annoyingly itchy.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 14, 2018, 05:59:27 AM
Thunbergia sp.

A stamp issued by the Cook Islands in 1967
There are sixteen stamps in the series and I only have one.
My stamp looks rather tired, the background should be white!

I wrote this in an old e mail to friends and attached the photo of Thunbergia erecta

Quote
Seen at the Eden Project in Cornwall, September 2005.
There was a name tag on it so it is one of the few I am really sure of its identity.
Hilary
The  Thunbergia was  enjoying the hot steamy atmosphere

There are many references to Thunbergia in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN now to choose one for you to read.
OUR GARDEN OF EDEN by Hamish Warren in issue number 28, April 2002
No I have changed my mind you have already read that one.
Go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 57, July 2009
MALLORCA : A VISIT BY FORMER BRANCH HEADS , APRIL 2009  by Freda Cox
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 14, 2018, 06:09:03 AM
Now the photo of the stamp
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on June 14, 2018, 09:41:12 AM
Thank you Hilary for the photo.  Another lovely blue. We have the Thunbergia grandiflora which has of course lovely blue flowers.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 15, 2018, 05:21:38 AM
Aloe littoralis

A stamp issued by Botswana in 1975

The accepted name of this plant is Aloe littoralis Baker
To read more about it  go here

http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Aloe+littoralis

Aloes are mentioned often in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but not this one in particular, however, that will not stop you reading QUINTA FAY by Kirsten Honeyman.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 68, April 2012
See the MGS website for photographs of Quinta Fay
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/68-quinta.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 16, 2018, 05:28:29 AM
Aquilegia chrysantha, Golden Columbine

This stamp was issued by Bulgaria in 1963

Aquilegia chrysantha is native to southwestern U.S.A. and to read about this flower go here
https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=AQCH

Aquilegia are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen number 11, Winter 1887/6 for you to read
 A SMALL GARDEN IN MELBOURNE  by Caroline Davies
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 17, 2018, 06:02:13 AM
Sempervivum montanum  Mountain Houseleek

A stamp issued by Switzerland in 1946 in aid of PRO- JUVENTUTE

You can read all about this plant and how to care for it here
https://worldofsucculents.com/sempervivum-montanum-mountain-houseleek/

Sempervivum are mentioned a few times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen MY WOODEN ROCKERY by Bob Wright for you to read today.
I am always pleased when I come across an article I have not already used with this project, and this is one of them.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 52 April 2008
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on June 17, 2018, 05:21:45 PM
Hilary, I saw same beautiful Aquilegia in Torrechia Vecchia.  i took some photos but they are not great.  I love the flowers but they don't survive the heat here.  i was given a few plants by my friend who lives near Troodos mountains a few years ago but only flowered the first spring and then died.  I admire hers when I visit but It is one plant that i will not pursue.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 18, 2018, 06:12:26 AM
Cordyline terminalis

A stamp issued by the Pitcairn Islands in 1957

There is some information about this plant, which seems to be grown for its coloured leaves rather than its flowers, here
http://pss.uvm.edu/pss123/folcord.html

I had seen a Cordyline growing in the entrance to a block of flats in Sparta which  was identified for me by
  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY s Forum as Cordyline fruticosa. I attach the photo of that plant to this post

For something to do in your spare time pick up THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 55, January 2009 and read
WINDS OF CHANGE:
EXPERIENCES IN THE UK
By Freda Cox

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Caroline on June 18, 2018, 10:52:40 PM
My recollection is that Cordyline terminalis is widely grown across the Pacific for its striking coloured leaves, in gardens and villages, often as a hedge.  I guess there is a green version, as on the Pitcairn stamp, but the multicolour version (pink, red and orange) is much more common.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 19, 2018, 05:41:32 AM
Rosa canina, Dog rose

One more stamp issued by Sweden in 1983

The photos are of a Dog Rose we saw near Zemeno, Corinthia when we went to find flowers for our May Wreath

To read LEARNING ABOUT ROSE MAINTENANCE AT GIARDINI BOTANICI HANBURY by Gabriel Rochard go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 76, April 2014

I dont think I have recommended this article up to now
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 20, 2018, 05:34:35 AM
Viola odorata, Wood violet

 Stamp issued by Yugoslavia  in 1969

The photos of white and blue violets together with the notice were taken in Madrid Royal Botanic Garden. My husband remarked that if we lived in Madrid we could go to this garden every day. By the time we reached the rock garden at the far end of the gardens I was rather tired and didnt take as much care as I should have with the photos. However, you can see from the moss that it is a well-established area

There are a few references to Viola odorata in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I decided on issue number 70, October 2012.
A CONVERSATION IN THE MOORISH GARDEN OF CREVILLENTE
 By Pedro Jose Moya

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 21, 2018, 05:29:56 AM
Tilia cordata , small-leaved lime

A stamp issued by Yugoslavia in 1955

To read about this tree go here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/18225/Tilia-cordata/Details

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 62, October 2010
You can read how to make a digestive liqueur using the blossom of the lime tree.
 I might just try it
JULY RECONSIDERED by Cali Doxiadis
For photographs of Cali Doxiadis garden and more recipes, see the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/62-july.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on June 21, 2018, 07:24:58 AM
Hilary, go for it and let us know how it goes. I have made 'limoncello ' and also 'myrtle ' liqueur. The limoncello recipe came from the MGS website and the myrtle from my Sardinian friend.  Both have been sampled  by visiting Italian friends and  have been approved. I was emboldened  to offer it to my Cypriot friends in the choir.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 22, 2018, 05:35:46 AM
Gymnocalycium mihanovichii F Rubra

A stamp issued by Hungary in 1971

There is some information about this type of cactus here
https://cactiguide.com/cactus/?genus=Gymnocalycium
It is also in the Red Guide of endangered plants
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/152060/0

Cacti, in general, are mentioned in more than half the issues of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN all I have to do is decide which one to recommend to you
Big decision made, issue number 26, October 2001
A VISIT TO MALLORCA, JUNE 2001
By Freda Cox

I lifted the photo of Charitheas Gymnocalycium from this Forum.
This link should take you her post
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=2323.0
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 23, 2018, 05:29:27 AM
Malus domestica, Apple

A stamp issued by Spain in 1975

The photo of the apple blossom and the label were taken at the local plant nursery last year.

As you can imagine I had no trouble finding a reference to Apples in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. 
I chose ILLUSIONS OF SPACE FOR A SMALL GARDEN by Jan Smithen
in issue number 47, January 2007.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on June 24, 2018, 04:23:51 AM
Here is a photo of some of this year's apple crop.  They are  called Anna and they tolerate the dry hot conditions.   They have a' light flesh' and they don't last long so I use them to make apple cakes instead of apple pie since we don't have Bramleys.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 24, 2018, 05:52:13 AM
Καλή όρεξη,Bon appetit, Enjoy
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 24, 2018, 06:03:15 AM
Mirabilis jalapa, Marvel of Peru, Four oclock flower

A stamp issued by Hungary in 1969

I used to like this plant when I first became aware of it growing round the trees in the pavement. Now am not so sure I like its straggly look.
Here are five photos of the Marvel of Peru in different colours

I looked for a reference to this plant in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN index and found five issues from which to choose
I chose DE ODORATO by Duncan Graham in issue number 27, January 2002 .
I never knew this flower had a perfume I must go down into the street and see if one of the local ones is emitting a pleasant perfume
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on June 24, 2018, 08:29:09 AM
I agree with you,Hilary. I sowed some seeds in the garden years ago as they were a bit of a novelty with their strange array of colours, often on the same plant. Then they became somewhat of a nuisance, with their straggly appearance and undisciplined behaviour, so we got rid of them. Or so we thought, they still pop up from time to time in the oddest places.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on June 24, 2018, 05:20:14 PM
Thank you Hilary.  I have baked my apple cakes and also photographed them but my computer is refusing to open emails from my Ipad. so can not  reduce them and post them.  The cakes taste very nice!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 25, 2018, 05:45:27 AM

Clerodendrum thomsoniae, Bleeding Heart. Easter Lily

A stamp from Grenada issued in 1975

I was thrilled to see this plant growing in the
 Greenhouse at the Arganzuela Crystal Palace in Madrid,
 Invernadero del Palacio de Cristal de Arganzuela.
I probably could have got a better photo if I had re arranged the flower a little but that is a big no no in such places.

You can read more about it here
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=b663

Caroline Harbouri mentions this plant in her letter from the President,
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 61, July 2010,
GARDENS AND EXPECTATIONS.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on June 25, 2018, 08:01:39 AM
Hilary, this photo is of our Clerodendrum x speciosum  which has Clerodendrum thomsoniae as one of its parents.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 25, 2018, 08:52:13 AM
Someone has just asked me if it grows in Greece.
I will tell them to read your post
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 26, 2018, 05:25:33 AM
Campanula glomerata, Clustered bellflower

This stamp was issued by Mongolia in 1960

The RHS has information about this plant which you can read here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/96441/i-Campanula-glomerata-i/Details

Campanula glomerata is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN in issue number 80, April 2015
This time not in an article but in a book review.
Flora of the Silk Road : An Illustrated Guide By Christopher Gardner & Basak Gardner reviewed by Caroline Harbouri
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Umbrian on June 26, 2018, 05:38:28 AM
Many of the streets in the small town where I now live are lined with Lime trees and the heady fragrance from their flowers pervades the air. This year the trees are laden with  blossom and looking particularly beautiful.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: David Dickinson on June 26, 2018, 09:03:40 AM
Rome too Umbrian. The evening air was incredible with a series of trees just at the end of my short road. All over now but worth the wait until next year.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on June 26, 2018, 03:36:19 PM
What a coincidence.  Friday morning I went to the Nursery near the village to get a purple flowering Leucophylllum( (langmaniae?) and the wife of the owner, who I know well, was telling me about her trip to Berlin she made a few weeks ago.  She was trying to describe the 'perfume' of the flowers of the trees she saw in Unter den Linden in Mitte.  She said she has never smelt anything so nice before.  Did I by chance know the name of the tree since I had lived there? I wrote the three names down and asked her to Google them. (Lime tree, Linden tree and Tilia).  As far as I know we don't have them here in Cyprus.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 27, 2018, 05:21:43 AM
Mustela ermina, Stoat

Yet another WOODLAND ANIMAL from the Royal Mail series issued in 2004
The blurb in the presentation pack is interesting to read

There doesnt seem to be a reference to Stoats anywhere in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I am posting this anyway as I have already posted most of the stamps in this series

It is a long time since I posted anything for Wildlife Wednesday. let's see if I can get back into that stride
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on June 27, 2018, 07:17:03 AM
On the subject of the Linden trees the photo below shows the Unter den Linden taken through the Brandenburg Gate from the Strasse des 17 Juni. The second photo is on the Unter den Linden, both taken on a return visit in 2011. The third photo is also the Unter den Linden but taken in the late 1970s when I was stationed in Berlin.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on June 27, 2018, 07:42:45 AM
On the subject of stoats, a few years ago walking in the Peloponnese I heard a little rustle from a stone wall, so stopped and watched, and it turned out to be some little stoat kits, presumably nested there, which being inquisitive couldn't resist peeking out to see what was happening. I'd seen almost exactly the same thing in Scotland in my childhood, even down to the slightly delapidated state of the stone wall.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 28, 2018, 05:39:20 AM
Taxus baccata, Yew, Tejo

A stamp issued in 1975 by Poland to celebrate
 The 100th Anniversary of the Mountain Guide Organization

The photos are of a Yew tree in the Royal Botanical Garden, Madrid

Yew trees are mentioned a few times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,
I chose issue number 65, July 2011 for you to read
ON TREES AND IMMORTALITY by Virginia Scaretti
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on June 29, 2018, 05:33:00 AM
Prunus persica var. nectarine, Nectarine

A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1983

I went to the local street market to buy some Nectarines for photographic purposes and was lucky to find a stall with plenty of leaves to add a bit of contrast to the photo.

Nectarine are mentioned in   THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 62 in
PRUNING MEDITERRANEAN FRUIT TREES FOR FRUIT by D. J. Bracey
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 01, 2018, 05:38:53 AM
Nanten the Japanese name for Nandina domestica.

A stamp issued by Japan in 1961.

I had to find out which way up this stamp should be it is 6 not 9 with Japan in Japanese along the top

Nandina domestica also known as Heavenly bamboo and Sacred bamboo although it is an evergreen shrub and not a bamboo at all

I was quite surprised to find just how many times Nandina is mentioned in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I chose the first reference to Nandina in the excellent journal index
Issue number 13 Summer 1998
THE VILLA EPHRUSSI ROTHSCHILD by Joanna Millar
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - Nandina domestica
Post by: Alisdair on July 01, 2018, 09:24:16 AM
Hilary, here's a photo of one I saw in fruit in S Portugal one March
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 02, 2018, 05:38:43 AM
It looks familiar
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 02, 2018, 05:46:28 AM
Narcissus tazetta, Narcis

A stamp issued by Malta in 1999

We saw dozens of different kinds of Narcissus this spring in THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, MADRID.
It seems that Narcissus Geranium is one variety of Narcissus tazetta

There are many references to Narcissus in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN the journal of  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY as I was looking for an issue which I hadnt referred to often  I came across the perfect article written and illustrated by Freda Cox
DAFFODIL NARCISSUS
In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 3 winter 1995/96

While I was preparing this post last night Fermi, Australia, posted more photos on the Narcissus thread on this Forum. To see all his great photos of many different Narcissus just 'search' in this Forum
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 03, 2018, 05:12:39 AM
Tulipa Orange Wonder

A stamp issued by Poland in 1964 in a series named GARDEN FLOWERS

We didnt see this actual Tulip in THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, MADRID in spring but we did see plenty of orange Tulips, these were named
Orange Emperor. Enjoy the photos

Tulips are mentioned many times in passing in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
 I have chosen issue number 57, July 2009
MOUNT STEWART by Melanie Peterson
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 03, 2018, 01:13:01 PM
Talking about Nandina domestica I came across A WINTER GARDEN by Marjorie Holmes in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 39, January 2005 where the usefulness of this plant  is extolled
There is also a drawing by  .Marjorie Holmes of Nandina domestica and another of Mahonia aquifolium  illustrating the article
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 04, 2018, 05:46:50 AM
Felis silvestris, Wild Cat
And finally the last stamp from the series WOODLAND ANIMALS issued by the Royal Mail in 2004

I thought you might like the photo of a few our local cats having a sleep on some old cushions next to the rubbish bins

Plenty of references to cats in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen MORE RAMBLINGS FROM APHRODITES ISLE
 by John Joynes for you to read today
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 31, January 2003
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on July 04, 2018, 02:48:36 PM
Lovely cats Hillary. The second from the left has the same colour as our Sam.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 04, 2018, 03:39:36 PM
I like the cat looking at me and which is wondering what I am up to
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 05, 2018, 05:10:33 AM
Cycad UK 1990
A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Kew Gardens
There were four stamps in the series all depicting a tree with some of the manmade attractions in the background. This stamp shows the Palm House at Kew Gardens in the background with a stylized Cycad in front
The photos are of Cycads living and surviving not many meters away from the Gulf of Corinth  and sometimes beaten by  a strong northerly wind .
The photo of the Palm House in Kew Gardens was taken in 1997

Cycads are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN ON MORCAMBE BAY
 by Tim Longville
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN NUMBER 40, April 2005
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 06, 2018, 05:21:20 AM
Saccharum officinarum, Sugar Cane

A stamp issued by Brasil in 1977 in a series named OCCUPATIONS

Here a cane cutter is shown at work.

The Photo is of sugar cane on a boat on the Nile being taken to be processed

Saccharum officinarum is in a list of plants vulnerable to the two pests attacking the palm trees in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 68 April 2012.
THE PALM PEST III. GREECE: AN INTERVIEW
By Cali Doxiadis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on July 06, 2018, 06:59:42 AM
Sugar cane was grown extensively in Cyprus during the Medieval period. The photo is of a 14th C sugar mill and factory in our village, Kolossi. It's next to the 15th C Castle that was built by the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (Knights Hospitaller).
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 06, 2018, 08:47:37 AM
Why did the building need such huge buttresses?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on July 06, 2018, 09:10:22 AM
I don't really know, Hilary, Cyprus is prone to earthquakes but whether they would be effective against something like that I have no idea.
The building was a factory where the sugar cane was rendered down after being crushed in the adjacent mill. Inside the building there were large fire chambers on which copper cauldrons were placed to boil the cane juice. The wood was fed in from outside, you can't see the openings as they are below the level of the boundary wall. Maybe the buttresses were needed to reinforce the wall due to the heat generated. Again I don't know.
The syrup was initially black and became whiter the more often it was boiled. Cyprus produced 3 types of sugar - pulvere di zucchero - a pure refined sugar powder (boiled 3 times); zamburo - less refined (boiled twice) and molassa - a syrupy mass (boiled once). Cyprus sugar was considered to be much the best quality produced in the Mediterranean Basin. However, production declined in the 16th C as the opening up of the Americas provided an easier and cheaper product.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 07, 2018, 05:08:06 AM
Narcissus

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1979 in a four stamp series named BRITISH WILD FLOWERS

The photo is of the Villanueva building in THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, MADRID
There is a pool in front of the building surrounded by some grass.
As is usual, in spring, the grass is dotted with Narcissus.
In the middle of the pool there is a bust of LINNEUS
 You can also see the Canary Island Palm wrapped up, like a bride, to ward of the destructive insects. I see from older photos there used to be three Palm trees in front of the building

Today I am pointing you to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 15, Winter 1998/9 to read about autumn Narcissus
IN SEARCH OF AUTUMN DAFFODILS IN SPAIN
 by Derrick Donnison- Morgan
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 08, 2018, 05:31:50 AM
Lilium regale

A postage stamp issued by Poland in 1964 in a series named
GARDEN FLOWERS

I dont know the difference between Lilium regale and Lilium candida so I will pretend they are the same

To read about Madonna Lilies, Lilium candidum, in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN go to issue number 62, October 2010 and read
THE OCCASIONAL GARDENER IN A MEDITERRANEAN SETTING
 by Andrew Polmear
You will also find a drawing by Megan Bozkurt depicting a lilium candidumin issue number 81
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - Lilium regale
Post by: Alisdair on July 08, 2018, 07:56:46 AM
Here's Lilium regale Hilary; one of the strongest lily species in temperate gardens, and beautifully fragrant - but it would need too much watering into summer (this is its flowering time) for most mediterranean gardens
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 08, 2018, 08:36:14 AM
They look strong
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 11, 2018, 06:03:26 AM
Alcedo atthis, Kingfisher

This stamp was issued by the Royal Mail in a 4 stamp series to celebrate
THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS.
Of this series I only have this one stamp which was kindly given to me by my friend L.

When we took the boat trip down the River Evros we caught flashes of this bird but it was too quick to take a snap. We did see a damaged Kingfisher in a cage at the bird hospital on Aegina but no photo.
However, I did find a list of animals and flowers depicted on the wrought iron gates of the Globe Theater which includes a Kingfisher
The reference to Kingfishers is from King Lear act ii scene ii
Quote
That in the natures of their lords rebel;
Bring oil to fire, snow to their colder moods;
Renege, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks
With every gale and vary of their masters,
Knowing nought, like dogs, but following.
A plague upon your epileptic visage!
Smoile you my speeches, as I were a Fool?

It was believed that the Halcyon, Kingfisher if hung by the tail or beak would turn with the wind.
Now that is something I didnt know.

Cali Doxiadis writes about the Kingfisher in her letter From the President: HALCYON DAYS ,
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 48, April 2007.
There is also a drawing by Derek Toms
The kingfisher, Alcedo atthis its floating nest is mythical
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 12, 2018, 05:09:57 AM
Jacaranda mimosifolia

A stamp issued in 1970 by Bermuda.
There are 13 stamps in the series, I have two of them but the others look very tempting get thee behind me etc.

There used to be 17 Jacaranda trees down the main road of Corinth which were ripped out to plant Canary Island Palms. I am still mourning the disappearance of the original Jacaranda trees. I had counted 17 trees and one day went armed with my camera, the kind you had to load with film,   to take photos starting at the sea end of the town
Can you imagine the shock I had to see the first three or four trees cut down? I quickly dashed up the road to take photos of the remaining trees. Apparently at one time a man climbed one of the trees and wouldnt come down as he didnt want it to be cut. However, the Canary Island Palm enthusiasts got their way. I should go and count how many of those Palm Trees were planted and how many have survived; I must admit there were some tall palm trees already in the central division.

 This year I did notice a Jacaranda in the Park/ Square/ta Perivolakia probably grown from seed of the old mourned trees but I omitted to take its photo.
Hope I havent bored you with this story other times. I found the photos I took then and the one which I have named near the Park is probably the parent of the Jacaranda I saw this spring


However many people who contribute articles to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN grow  Jacaranda trees in their gardens or have seen them in gardens they have visited.
Go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 43 and read
A TALE OF TWO GARDENS by John Bradshaw
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on July 12, 2018, 09:03:28 AM
What a shame they've gone, Hilary!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 13, 2018, 05:01:42 AM
Tobacco, Tabaco, common name for Nicotiana tabacum

This stamp was issued in 1959-62 by Rhodesia & Nyasaland

When we visited THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, MADRID in the spring there was a section with vegetables and commercial products. There were none of the bright green fresh Tobacco plants but there were a few stalks with seed heads

There is a street named after
Quote
the people who make or produce cigars or cigatettes
in Madrid quite near the old tobacco factory.  We went looking for the street hoping that the street sign would be of painted tiles but unfortunately the street was in a newer part of the city and the name plate was of the new type

Tobacco is mentioned in the article written by Trevor Nottle
 SOUTH AUSTRALIA- A MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE
Which appears in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 72, April 2013

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 14, 2018, 05:00:07 AM
Freesia
,
This stamp was issued by Jersey, one of the Channel Islands, in 1974
The series is named SPRING FLOWERS

If I had known that such a stamp existed I would have photographed the freesias, from our balcony, against a blue background.
Our freesias are very successful although I do add a few bulbs every year

To read about Freesias and many other plants growing in a garden on Lesvos go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 49, July 2007
A MAGICAL GARDEN IN MITHIMNA, LESBOS by Carol P. Christ
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 15, 2018, 05:05:00 AM
Delphinium grandiflorum , Siberian larkspur

Another stamp issued by Mongolia in 1960
To read how to grow this flower go here
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=286134&isprofile=0&

Nicholas Stavroulakis  includes the Delphinium as being present in DESIGNING AN OTTOMAN GARDEN in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  number 9, Summer 1997
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 16, 2018, 05:20:03 AM
Tulipa gesneriana

This stamp was issued by Turkey in 1960 in a four stamp series named
SPRING FLOWER FESTIVAL

When we were in Madrid this spring there was an exhibition of tulips at
THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, MADRID
One of the beds was filled with deep purple tulips named Blue Amiable

As you can imagine there are many references to tulips in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I chose
DESIGNING AN OTTOMAN GARDEN by Nicholas Stavroulakis, I thought this article was fitting since the stamp is from Turkey
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 9, Summer 1997

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 17, 2018, 05:12:37 AM
Nopalea dejecta, Spiny Nopal, belonging to the same family as the Prickly Pear

A stamp depicting cactus issued by the Principality of Monaco in 1960.

Apparently this plant is naturalized in so many parts of the world that it is not known where it originated

The article I am recommending does not feature a Prickly Pear but it does give a description on the Jardin Exotique de Monaco.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 79, January 2015 
THE 2014 AGM:
THE MAIN PROGRAMME, MENTON, COTE DAZUR
By Edith Haeuser
For photographs of some of these gardens, see
THE MEDITERRANAN GARDEN SOCIETY website.
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/79-agm.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 18, 2018, 04:51:41 AM
Anthornis melanura, Bellbird.

A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1966 in a two stamp series. I am lucky enough to have both stamps. The series was named HEALTH STAMPS,
 I wonder why?

There are several websites where you can see and hear the Bellbird just search with the Latin name.
I copied this interesting fact from a website
 The call of the Anthornis melanura is used by Radio New Zealand as an interval signal.

There are no references to this bird in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and, so far,  I have found only two articles in all the journals to date which are about New Zealand.
.I think I have recommended this one another time
 ACCIDENAL MEDITERRANEAN by Marion Abrams 
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 19, Winter 2000
Read about the adventures they had  in building a garden near Christchurch
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Caroline on July 18, 2018, 11:54:41 PM
i can answer that one!  Health stamps and their first-day covers were sold to help fund health camps, which ran from 1919 to about 1970 (I think), initially for children suffering from TB, and then later more generally for children in poor health.  My grandparents used to send me the first-day covers until I was about 11.

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 19, 2018, 05:15:04 AM
Interesting, many thanks 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 19, 2018, 05:29:53 AM
Cedrus deodara, Cedar UK

This stamp was issued in a four stamp series to celebrate the
150th Anniversary of Kew Gardens in 1990 by the Royal Mail.

 The information I have about the stamp only says Cedar so I feel I can use the photos I have of Cedrus   taken in THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, MADRID In spring this year
The tree in Madrid is Cedrus deodara, Himalayan cedar and as the notice states CEDRO DEL HIMALAYA
To read about the Cedrus deodara in THE NATIONAL GARDEN, ATHENS  go to  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 16, Spring 1999 and read the article written by Caroline Harbouri with an illustration of the entrance drawn by Charlotte Enzmann
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 20, 2018, 05:38:05 AM
Phoenix dactylifera, Date Palm

This stamp was issued in 1950 By Algeria in a set named FRUITS OF THE LAND
The other two in the series depict grapes and oranges

When my husband was in Paris several years ago there was an exhibition of Tunisian handicrafts in the foyer of his hotel. He brought this box/pot back together with other Tunisian artifacts

To read about Yve Menzies childhood memories of a garden in Cairo go to
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 19, Winter 2000 and read
GARDENS OF DELIGHT
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 21, 2018, 06:11:24 AM
Galanthus, Snowdrop

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in a four stamp series named
 BRITISH WILD FLOWERS.
 In a catalogue the flowers on this stamp are named SNOWDROPS 

I have a photo of one of the Snowdrops I managed to grow on our balcony, Galanthus elwesii. The photo was taken at the end of January, 2015 since then I have kept to the much easier Freesias

Well it didnt take me long to find an article about snowdrops in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I must never had had a stamp depicting snowdrops before as I have never referred to this article in issue number 68, April 2014
SNOWDROPS written and illustrated by Freda Cox
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 22, 2018, 05:23:20 AM
Papaver orientale, Oriental poppy

This is the last stamp in the series issued by Poland in 1964

I have to thank my friend K who lent me her stamps to scan and use with this project
The photo, which was sent to me by my friend L who lives in Leeds, is of an Oriental poppy growing in the grounds of a castle or stately home 

Papaver orientale is mentioned in the article by Freda Cox
 BBC GARDENERS WORLD LIVE
. THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 13, Summer 1998
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 23, 2018, 05:19:23 AM
Nerium Oleander, Oleander

A stamp issued by Cuba in 1977   a six stamp series to celebrate
 THE 100th  ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF DOCTOR JUAN TOMAS ROIG
The series was named CUBAN FLOWERS

The photo was taken in 2012 of one of the local bushes

Nerium oleander is included in the long list of plants which Judy Thomas has in her California garden.
 Read MY OWN MINI- MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 57 July 2009
See  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY website for photographs of this garden
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/57-minimed.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 24, 2018, 05:01:50 AM
Primula vulgaris, Primrose

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1979 in a four stamp series   named BRITISH WILD FLOWERS

We were lucky  to visit the Castle in Sherbourne in March 2008 when all the daffodils and primroses were in bloom
Here is one of the photos I took that day 

Primula vulgaris is mentioned in a few issues of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. I am pointing you to number 33, July 2003
 to read A GARDEN IN NORTH DEVON by Polly Morris
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 25, 2018, 05:13:01 AM
Cereus giganteus with Syconycteris, Common blossom bat

This stamp was issued by the USA in 2007 in a sheet named POLLINATION.   

I have been keeping it to see just when I would feel like writing about this lovely bat which pollinates the tall Cactus.
I dont really see why a bat which lives in Australia should be on a stamp issued by the USA

There is no  photo of Cereus giganteus in my collection but I do have a photo of, what I identified as, Cereus hilmannianus which was growing at the edge of a pavement in Sparta and produced this flower at eye level

Bats are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN of course
I have chosen HEARING A HEALTHY GARDEN by Richard Turner for you to read today
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 38 October 2004

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 26, 2018, 05:53:00 AM
A stamp issued by San Marino in 1953

Nerium oleander. The most common colour of Oleander flowers here is pink although we do have a white one in the yard of the block and there is a row of dark red ones  on the road to Ancient Corinth. However the apricot coloured ones and the pale yellow ones are hardly ever seen

This is an old e mail I sent my friends a few years ago
Nerium oleander, pale yellow, single
This grows near the dry river bed in Corinth.
Unfortunately there always seems to be a breeze blowing when I try to take flower photos
It is a bit out of focus
Hilary
Friday 29th June, 2012.

I am spoilt for choice this time to find and article for you to read in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN 
Luckily I came across a reference to oleanders while browsing through issue number 52, April 2008
BOBOLI GARDENS AND VILLA BARDINI:
MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
ORCHESTRATION by Helene Pizzi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on July 26, 2018, 08:03:58 AM
The yellow oleander's lovely, Hilary. Is it still there, do you know?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 26, 2018, 11:58:48 AM
Hi there,
 I don't remember where I saw this yellow Oleander bush, exactly.
I did pass by the dry river bed  a few days ago looking for  the yellow Oleander but was not sure that I found it.
The day was rather windy and in fact it always seems to be windy there.
I will have a purposeful walk looking for it when there is a gap between family visits
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 27, 2018, 05:17:53 AM
Menura novahollandiae, Lyrebird

A stamp issued many times by Australia from 1932 to 1956

I wonder how many of you learned about the fauna of Australia from postage stamps.
.Yes Lyrebirds are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 71, January 2013
I was going to post this to the Forum anyway for our Australian friends but Alisdair Aird came to the rescue with  his article

GARDENS, PLANTS, NEW FRIENDS: THE 2012 AGM IN AUSTRALIA

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 28, 2018, 05:12:48 AM
Gossypium, Cotton

Argentina issued this stamp in 1956 to celebrate the
Elevation of the Territory Chaco

The stamp shows harvesting cotton, I think it is all done by machine now.

When we were last in Madrid I bought some cotton material from a small shop in a covered market. The young man, from Senegal, brings the material from his home country and then makes the bright dresses the women of that part of Africa like wearing. If I ever get round to making yet another sundress with this material; I fear the people of Corinth might go into shock

Cotton growing is mentioned three times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I am recommending that you read
MORE REFLECTIONS FROM APHRODITES ISLE  by John Joynes in number 28,April 2000, of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN where cotton is mentioned.
While we are on the subject of Cyprus John Joynes has written about  PRESERVING ENDANGERED PLANTS in the latest THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN , number 93 July 2018. I am afraid I dont have a postage stamp depicting any of the endangered plants
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 29, 2018, 05:32:46 AM
Gentiana pneumonanthe, Marsh Gentian

A stamp issued by Bulgaria in 1972
In a series of other pretty stamps named FLOWERS

I asked a friend of mine to bring me a postcard from Switzerland depicting a gentian but she did better than that by taking this photo of gentians on her balcony. Thank you M

Looking through THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN index I came across a few references to gentians, not particularly this one. Read in issue number 29, July 2002.
 TICINO, SWITZERLAND 11-14 APRIL 2002 by Freda Cox
I do like the phrase
startling blue gentians
You must agree that the gentians in the photo my friend sent me  are
 startlingblue
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 30, 2018, 05:30:33 AM
Sissinghurst
A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in a four stamp series named
 BRITISH GARDENS, unfortunately I dont have the other three stamps

Sissinghurst is mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN mostly as an example of what cant be achieved in a Mediterranean garden

However, GREYLEAVED PLANTS by Joanna Millar in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 22, October 2000 looks like an interesting read
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 31, 2018, 05:15:08 AM
Conservation
A stamp issued by Brasil in 1976 and given to me by my friend L 
It was brought out to commemorate the 
CONSERVATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT

The photo was taken on the way back from Sparta to Corinth in June
There appears to be a part of the hillside reforested, the trees are all the same size and the line stops very abruptly. There are also a few Eucalyptus trees planted on the edge of the Pine trees
.
 
I asked my son M to find out some information about this obviously reforested area in the photo and he sent me the following information in Greek, which I have very roughly translated

"Στην περιοχή των Βρεσθένων είχε γίνει μία εκτεταμένη αναδασωτική προσπάθεια κατά το παρελθόν με την ενρητίνωση των θαμνώνων με Pinus radiata (παραθαλάσσια πεύκη - αμερικανική) και P. maritima (μεσογειακή πεύκη - της δυτικής Μεσογείου), που θεωρείται ότι αντιστοιχούν στο περιβάλλον των αείφυλλων πλατύφυλλων, και μετά από μία καταστροφική πρόσφατη πυρκαγιά, σε ολόκληρη την περιοχή έγινε αναδάσωση μόνο με Pinus maritima και ήδη, με την ταχεία ανάπτυξή της, έχει αλλάξει την φυσιογνωμία στην συγκεκριμένη περιοχή".

There had been an extensive reforestation attempt in the Vresthena area in the past with the ενρητίνωση [ artificial introduction of cone bearing trees to enrich the downgraded forests of deciduous or evergreen broad-leaved trees] of the scrub/maquis with Pinus radiata, Monterey pine and Pinus maritima, Pinus pinaster, which in theory correspond to the environment of the deciduous broad- leaved trees, then after a recent  catastrophic fire , the whole area was reforested using only Pinus maritima, Pinus pinaster which already, with its fast growth, has changed the appearance of the particular area  

To read about forest fires, how to try to prevent them and plants that are less inflammable than others go to
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 51, January 2008
There are articles by Meral Cleary, Brian Chatterton, Trevor Nottle, Katherine Greenberg, Jennifer Gay and Caroline Harbouri on the subject
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on July 31, 2018, 05:43:37 AM
I omitted to say that in issue 51, January 2008 of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN there are articles by B.W. van Wilgen and Louis Trabaud also on the subject of gardens and fires
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 01, 2018, 05:51:04 AM
Diathria clymena janeira, Cramers eighty-eight

This stamp was issued by Brasil in 1979 in a four stamp series named BUTTERLIES.
The occasion for this issue was
The International Stamp exhibition Brasiliana 79

This butterfly was discovered by Pieter Cramer
The stamp was kindly given to me by my friend L

There are plenty of references to butterflies in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, none, of course, for a butterfly which lives in Brasil.
To read about wild plants and Greek butterflies go to
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 23, January 2001 and read LEARNING TO LOVE STINGING NETTLES AND THISTLES by Fleur Pavlidis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 02, 2018, 05:41:55 AM
Tulipa kaufmanniana, Waterlily Tulip

A stamp issued by the USSR in 1960 in an eight stamp series aptly named  FLOWERS

This stamp turned up in one of those big bags of stamps suitable for children. Our granddaughter, eleven, and her friends are collecting and swapping stamps.

I am not sure but I think the tulips we saw in THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, MADRID in a bowl shaped pot  of flowering tulips  named Ice Stick, are Tulipa kaufmanniana

This tulip is mentioned growing in Australia in
 A VISIT TO OTTO FAUSERS GARDEN by Caroline Davies in
  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 80, April 2015.

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 03, 2018, 07:04:43 AM
Malus domestica, Apple

A stamp issued by New Zealand in a five stamp series in 1983.

The photo is of apples which my husband kindly bought so I could take the photo, now to eat them.

Apples are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 93, July 2018
Read CORFU GARDENS: ANCIENT MYTH AND MODERN MAGIC
 by Rachel Weaving
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 04, 2018, 07:25:52 AM
Tulipa, Pink

This stamp was in a series of four issued by the Royal Mail in 1982 with the name of the series being BRITISH TEXTILES
The stamp informs us that this design was created by Steiner and Co. or did this company produce the textile also, I dont know

The pink tulips werent out yet when we visited THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, MADRID this year. However, one or two were in a hurry. Here are a couple of photos of the early starters and a tulip photo bomber

Now to find an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN which mentions hybrid tulips and not wild ones
Go to issue number 29, July 2002 and read
TICINO, SWITZERLAND 11-14 APRIL, 2002 by Freda Cox
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 05, 2018, 05:09:49 AM
Gagea bohemica

Issued by Czechoslovakia, in a four stamp series named FLOWERS in, 1991
The stamps was kindly given to me by my friend L

The photo is of a local Gagea flower identified for me by 
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY Forum
Several species of Gagea are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but not particularly this one, so now to find an interesting article which I have not already referred to and which mentions Gagea.
Well that wasnt too difficult
Gagea graeca are mentioned in WILD FLOWERS IN GREECE: NISYROS 
By Ann Kenady, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 56, April 2009.

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - Steiner & Co
Post by: Alisdair on August 05, 2018, 07:53:13 AM
Steiners were a textiles firm in Accrington, Lancashire, printing calico cottons through the 19th century and then well into the first decades of the 20th. That design looks like one of the V&A's collection on their art nouveau designs.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 05, 2018, 09:13:55 AM
there are four in the series BRITISH TEXTILES issued by the Royal Mail

The other three are
William Morris
Strawberry Thief

Paul Nash
 Cherry Orchard

Andrew Foster
Chevron

Unfortunately I have neither the strawberry not the cherry stamps
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 06, 2018, 05:24:10 AM
Aloe zebrina

A stamp issued by Botswana in 1975 in a four stamp series depicting aloes
Read about this plant here
http://pza.sanbi.org/aloe-zebrina

This plant is mentioned a couple of times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN 
I have chosen number 36, April 2004 for you to read, on page 63 in the SUNDRIES section, about the activities of the CATALONIA BRANCH
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - Strawberry Thief
Post by: Alisdair on August 06, 2018, 08:10:54 AM
Hilary, many years ago Helena and I bought two little sofas from Libertys (William Morris designed most of his fabrics for them), which were covered in the Strawberry Thief fabric. it was rather a lightweight cotton, and eventually wore out (as they're absolutely our favourite place to sit), so last year we had them re-covered in the much heavier proper furnishing fabric. So this morning I took a picture of the fabric for you, in case you ever find that stamp!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 06, 2018, 08:39:37 AM
Wonderful
Just like the stamp
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 07, 2018, 05:34:57 AM
Kigelia aethiopium, Sausage Tree

A stamp issued by Uganda in 1969

The accepted name of this plant is now Kigelia africana subsp. africana

Apparently many wild animals in Africa enjoy eating from this tree and cockatoos in Australia are fond of specimens in the parks
We saw a Kigelia plant on Kitcheners Island, Aswan. One of the attendants offered to cut down the flower for me but I thanked him and declined his offer.  We went with some of the group to the island by felucca, while the rest of the group went off somewhere to ride on camels
The photo from Kitcheners Island is not very clear so if anyone thinks the tree maybe something other than Sausage Tree please let me know

It is amazing how many tropical plants are mentioned in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. I found a reference to Kigelia africana, using the wonderful index in TMG, in issue number 71, January 2013. KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDEN by Margaret Johnston.
This is an article I have mentioned time and time again


Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on August 07, 2018, 06:42:19 AM
Hi Hilary.  I have been reading diligently your postings and admire your hard work in collecting all the information. I have not been participating in the forum because I was doing repairs to mosaics which normally get damaged by earth tremours in our area. Also there were some other civil duties to attend and weeding the church garden etc.. During  the school holidays I catch up with 'Reading'  so this summer it will be  rereading you recommended  articles. Keep the postings up.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 07, 2018, 08:25:11 AM
I am enjoying myself when preparing these posts.
Now to snap a hanging  red apple to illustrate a stamp about Newton.

Glad you like the posts
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on August 07, 2018, 11:34:10 AM
Hilary, while i was in Limassol this morning I called into one of the main post offices to see if they had any sets of the flower stamps they printed last year and this. They seemed to have no concept of the idea of First Day Covers, but I did manage to persuade the young lady to look back through her stock of different denomination stamps and we found one from last year's set of four, this one featured Tulipa cypria. We also found 2 from this year's set of 4, Anthemis tricolor and Allium sphaerocephalum. Next time I'm down the old part of the city I'll call into a coin and stamp shop I've seen there and dig through their stuff. If you'd like these 3 I already have then send me a personal message with an address and I'll get them to you.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 07, 2018, 05:48:58 PM
How exciting.
I am surprised the 'young lady' had such patience with you and looked through her old stock for flowery stamps.
I don't have any of the ones she found for you
Looking through the catalog I see that the postal authorities of  Cyprus had produced series of flora stamps in 1970, 90, 94,2002,06,08, 14,17 and 18

I would be thrilled if you sent me the stamps which you found

I am rather amazed that I still find suitable stamps to use for this project
There are still some UK series which I have not scanned and quite a few stamps  which I bought last year and have not yet used
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 08, 2018, 05:03:06 AM
Lepus capensis, Hare

The Royal Mail issued a series of five stamps in 1977 named WILDLIFE PROTECTION 
The five stamps in the series feature the usual suspects hedgehog, otter, squirrel, badger and the hare.

The photo is of one of the Wade Whimsies produced in 1980/81in a group named  TOM SMITH WILDLIFE SERIES. The small figurines came in some fancy Christmas crackers we were sent many years ago.
 
Hares are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN mostly as annoying animal invaders together with badgers and deer.
Read FAUNA by Yve Menzies, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 29, July 2002  to learn about the damage cats, dogs and other animals  can do to gardens
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on August 08, 2018, 08:12:03 AM
John's ability to squeeze those stamps out of that young postmistress is a rare one but clearly a very valuable talent. The only person I know apart from John who has had it was a schoolfriend who used to persuade the nearby postmistress to let him leaf through her sheafs of new stamps searching out ones that had tiny defects, which he bought from her and then sold to fellow collectors, often getting several shillings for a stamp that had cost him just a few pence. He was called Andrew Large, and ended up as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England - a job I'm quite sure John would have handled very deftly.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on August 08, 2018, 09:57:55 AM
Very flattering, Alisdair, but maybe the only talent I have is the ability to come across as an eccentric old fool that needs to be humoured.  ;)
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 09, 2018, 05:27:44 AM
Erythrina crista-galli, CEIBO

One more stamp issued by Argentina in 1983

As luck would have it, there is a whole article devoted to Erythrina crista-galli in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 93, July 2018
Read
ERYTHRINA CRISTA-GALLI:
SO NEAR AND YET SO FAR
By Caroline Harbouri
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on August 09, 2018, 09:03:35 AM
We seem to have had mixed luck with our Erithrinas.  We have a small specimens which is growing at snail ' s space and another large  tree, which I had persuaded John to buy, a while ago from a closing down nursery.  It flowered the first year but since then nothing and every year is getting smaller as the branches die.  An Erithrina tree was bought from the same place and it is planted by the side of the road 500meters from here. It has grown very big and flowers every year with out fail.  Conclusion....?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 10, 2018, 07:50:43 AM
Malus domestica, Apple

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail, in a four stamp series, in 1987
The occasion was
The 300th Anniversary of the Publication of
Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica
By Isaac Newton

I am having some fun trying to find a photo to go with these stamps.
This one is of a fresh Greek apple from this years harvest, polished and hanging from a thread

There are dozens of references to apples in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and today, rather late in the day, I discovered I could copy /paste the relevant part of the index to the journal I was interested in. I try to find an article I have not referred to before just to keep you busy 
I chose THE PALACE OF GALIANA, TOLEDO by Katherine Greenberg in issue number 29, July 2002
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 11, 2018, 09:13:56 AM
Hawthorn and Bramble, Crataegus and Rubus fruticosus

A stamp issued in 1967 by the Royal Mail in a six stamp series named
BRITISH WILD FLOWERS

The photos I have of Crataegus were taken in Cyprus several years ago
This is Crataegus azarolus which grows in the Mediterranean region

The photos of the Rubus fruticosus were taken this spring by my son M of the   Bramble invading his field in Sparta

Crataegus in mentioned by David Bracey in his article
MY FAVOURITE CAR-WASH which you can read in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 66, October 2011
There are many references to Brambles in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I chose A GARRIGUE GARDEN by Marie-Claude Baro in issue number 60, April 2010 as the reference was not all negative.

Quote
I do combat the spread of sarsaparilla [Smilax aspera] and brambles, I leave some since they offer protection to birds against   predators like cats,


Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 12, 2018, 08:15:58 AM
Aesculus hippocastanum, Horse Chestnut
A stamp by the Royal Mail in 1974
The flower was taken one April in Madrid
The autumn photo was taken in Sparta
Go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 93, July 2018 to read about the trees, including an avenue of horse chestnuts, in the Ballarat Botanical Garden.
A VISIT TO SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA: PART2.
TO MELBOURNE AND BACK
By Christina Lambert

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 12, 2018, 08:17:44 AM
Aesculus hippocastanum
Photos
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 13, 2018, 07:19:04 AM
Rosa Mundie

Issued by the Royal Mail in 1976, in a four stamp series, to celebrate the
100th Anniversary of the Royal National Rose Society

I thought I would share the roses on a tablecloth my mother embroidered. Not a hundred years ago as I remember adding a few stitches to the project.

I dont have a named photo of a Rosa Mundi but found one which looks very like it, from the date and time I must have taken a photo of the rose at the rest stop outside of Tripolis.

Trying to tie this thread in with the latest
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 93, July 2018 I am pointing you to read
COSTA BLANCA GARDENS TO BE VISITED DURING THE 2018 AGM
By Alan & Carol Hawes
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 14, 2018, 05:56:25 AM
Camellia, white

An adhesive stamp issued by Spain in 2008

The photos were taken in the yard of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in
 Madrid this spring

Camellias are mentioned in many copies  of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen number 78, October 2014 for you to read
THAT GARDENING OBSESSION  by Freda Cox
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 14, 2018, 03:49:12 PM
In the latest issue of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 93, July 2018 Caroline Davies writes in
 SHARING A CHALLENGE about Pancratium maritimum and Drimia maritima once known as Urginea maritima.

Both these plants feature on stamps issued by Israel and which I have used before.
I posted in this thread on August 2nd 2017 about Drimia maritima and on April 10th about  Pancratium maritimum
Here are the photos again
There are some wonderful photos of Pancratium maritimum grown by members of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY in this Forum
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 15, 2018, 07:54:15 AM
Martes martes, Pine Marten

A stamp issued by Eire in 1992 in a four stamp series devoted to Pine martens.

Another stamp kindly given to me by my friend L

This animal is, luckily for me, mentioned in two different issues of
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I am recommending that you read BUSTER AND THE BIRD- BATH by Leonard Pearcey in issue number36, April 2004
 I have already written about a UK stamp featuring the Pine Marten and an article by the same author in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, 33

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 16, 2018, 08:32:24 AM
Hydrangea

A stamp issued by Japan in 1966-67
There were 18 stamps in the series named
FLORA, FAUNA AND LOCAL MOTIVES 

The photo was taken in Cornwall at the end of September, 2005

Hydrangeas are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,
 I have chosen number 15, Winter 1998/9 for you to read
OF WEEDS AND MEMORY by Virginia Scaretti
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 17, 2018, 05:24:11 AM
Cucumis sativus, Cucumber

 A stamp issued by Poland in 1974. There are eight stamps in the series and I only have this one, am I lucky or unlucky?

My father used to have a cold frame in the garden where he grew cucumbers. When I cleared my mothers house I found a list of how many cucumbers he grew in one year and who were the lucky recipients, one cucumber here half a cucumber there. Were cucumbers regarded as exotic vegetables in the years of austerity after WW2? 

The photo is of the local small cucumbers, Knossos, bought in readiness for the visit of our granddaughters.
Tzatziki with everything 

While looking for something else entirely I came across this article about vegetables in  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number  56, April  2009.
GROWING VEGETABLES  by Jennifer Gay
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 18, 2018, 05:53:00 AM
Echeveria

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1987, in a four stamp series, named FLOWERS

The photo is of an Echeveria which we used to have on the front balcony but either it couldnt stand the heat or the competition as it no longer exists.

Echeveria is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 93.
Read LYRICAL ABOUT LEAVES by Burford Hurry

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on August 18, 2018, 07:46:01 AM
Amazing photo, Hilary!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 19, 2018, 05:32:29 AM
Thank you
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 19, 2018, 05:35:32 AM
Hyacinthoides non-scripta, Bluebell

This stamp along with another three others was issued by the Royal Mail in 1979.

I have many childhood memories of picking Bluebells in the Bluebell wood but only after we had eaten our picnic lunch as they wilt so quickly

The photo was sent to me by my friend L who lives in Leeds, these Bluebells were in flower in her local woods in the spring.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta are mentioned as having survived at catastrophic fire in Oakland California
To read about other plants which survived the fire in 1991 go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 38, October 2004 and read REFLECTIONS ON A FIRE GARDEN by Nancy Swearengen

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 20, 2018, 05:18:45 AM
Aloe marlothii

A stamp issued by Botswana in 1975 in a four stamp series

All the information you need can be found here.
http://pza.sanbi.org/aloe-ferox

Today I have chosen THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 72, April 2013 for you to read JERUSALEMS BOTANICAL GARDENS by Michael Avishai where he mentions
Quote
the dramatic tall flowering spikes of Aloe marlothii and Aloe ferox

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 21, 2018, 05:48:37 AM
Nerium oleander, Oleander 

This stamp was issued by the Republic of Maldives in 1973 in a seven stamp series

Here is a photo of some flowers on the local bush, they are  bright pink and very wind blown

There are many references to Nerium in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and when I prepared this post , during Football viewing time, I found this reference in issue 57, July 2009
MY OWN MINI-MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN by Judy Thomas
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 23, 2018, 04:49:27 AM
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BUTTERCUPS and daisies,
⁠Oh, the pretty flowers,
Coming ere the spring time,
⁠To tell of sunny hours.
While the trees are leafless,
⁠While the fields are bare,
Buttercups and daisies
⁠Spring up here and there.
MARY HOWITT.

Buttercups and Daisies a stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1963 to celebrate NATIONAL NATURE WEEK. The description of the stamp does not name the flowers but calls the design A Posy of Flowers

Who does not have childhood memories of making daisy chains and playing
 Do you like butter? A large proportion of the worlds population I expect

Here is a photo of a Buttercup, Ranunculus, and another of a Daisy, Bellis.
Both photos taken in Sparta but years apart

Buttercups are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 70, October 2012 in
 A SHORT WALK ON THE PIC ST. LOUP by Trevor Nottle

Daisies are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 45,
July 2006 in
THE PATH ON THE HILL, SPAROZA by Jennifer Gay
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 24, 2018, 05:11:20 AM
Helianthus annuus

A stamp issued in 1984 by DEUTSCHE BUNDESPOST BERLIN to celebrate
The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Karl Schmidt Rottluff 1884-1976
The painting is named Sunflowers on a Grey Background.

The photos were taken of a sunflower plant growing in the pavement here in Corinth.
As you can imagine sunflowers are mentioned, in passing, in many issues of

 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I have chosen  number 45, July 2006 for you to read
WIND AND WATER, SUN AND STONE,
THE LANGUEDOC- AN INTRODUCTION
By Jocelyn van Riemsdijk
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 25, 2018, 05:28:27 AM
Hibiscus rosa sinensis

A stamp issued by the Republique de Haute-Volta in 1963
There are eight brightly coloured flora stamps in the series.
I have this one
Just in case you are wondering Haute-Volta is now Burkina Faso

I took the photo of this beautiful red flower in November 2017

The stamp came in a packet which I had bought for my 11year old granddaughter.
Since the packaging was rather old and tatty I repacked I but first scanned any floral stamps which were included

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis turns up in many issues of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Today I chose issue number 38, October 2004 for you to read
THE QUEEN OF THE TROPICS by Irmtraud Gotsis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 26, 2018, 09:51:05 AM
Dianthus  caryophyllus, Carnation

A stamp issued by Poland in 1964

From the date of the photo of the Carnation it must have been taken at the rest stop outside of Tripolis, Greece where there are always colourful flowers at the door of the building

There are many references to Carnations in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and I have chosen issue number 27, January 2002.
Read GARDEN LORE by Ariane Condellis. I love the illustration by Flavio Zanon of a plant in a feta tin. I have seen many a carnation doing very well in a feta tins

The photo of plants in tins was taken somewhere in Crete in 1966. The tins had been used either for feta or olive oil then had been whitewashed to be used as plant containers  .
I can make out Fuchsia, Begonia Carnations and Basil
, Carnation
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 28, 2018, 05:17:41 AM
Rosa Hybrid

A stamp issued by Turkey in 1955 in a four stamp series named
SPRING FLOWER FESTIVAL

A few years ago I went with a bus load of women from Corinth to visit the Rose Garden at Schinos

Today I managed to collect together a couple of pre digital photos of that visit, a stamp depicting a rose and an article about it   in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Read a HISTORICAL ROSE GARDEN IN GREECE
 By Veronica Hadjiphani Lorenzetti in number 56, April 2009
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on August 29, 2018, 05:37:10 AM
Morus bassanus, Northern Gannet

A stamp issued by Canada in 1954 to commemorate the
 NATIONAL WILDLIFE WEEK
 There are three stamps in the series

The photo, taken by my friend Y, is of a Gannet on Bass Rock, an island in the Firth of Forth

From information I have read in my bird book it seems that this bird even reaches the shores of the Mediterranean as far as Spain, France and Italy but not Croatia or Greece

Gulls are mentioned as simply zooming overhead in
BUSTER AND THE BIRD BATH by Leonard Pearcey in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 36, April 2004
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 01, 2018, 05:17:45 AM
Lonicera periclymenum, Common honeysuckle, Woodbine

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1964 in a four stamp series to celebrate the
10TH INTERNATIONAL BOTANICAL CONGRESS which was held in Edinburgh
The four stamps were designed by Sylvia and Michael Goaman

I am posting two photos of Honeysuckle which I have identified as Lonicera etrusca, at Stonehenge and Lonicera japonica, in Corinth, please correct me if I am wrong.

Lonicera periclymenum is included in a list, compiled by Derek Toms, of plants suitable for the Mediterranean garden.
The list can be found in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 3, Winter 1995/6 in the article HOME GROWN VARIETIES
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 02, 2018, 04:49:07 AM
Anemone coronaria, Poppy Anemone

A stamp issued in 2008 by Cyprus in a four stamp series featuring Anemones
To give the country its proper name I should write
The Republic of Cyprus, Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία, Kibris Cumhuriyeti 

The stamp was kindly contributed by John J for this post
You will find a photo of this flower in the website dedicated to all Cyprus plants by Savvas Tryfonos
As luck would have it I found two photos in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY Forum of Anemone coronaria growing in Cyprus which I have included here.

The photos were taken by John J and appear under MISCELLANEOUS in January 29th 2017
There are plenty of references to Anemone coronaria in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, I have chosen number 66, October 2011 for you to read
SPAROZA AS AN EXAMPLE:
A GARDENERS WORK
 By Fleur Pavlidis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 03, 2018, 05:33:30 AM
Grass

This stamp was issued by the Royal Mail in 1977 to celebrate
THE  100th ANNIVERSARY  of the WIMBLEDON TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The other stamps in the series  feature Table Tennis, Squash and Badminton.
Its not easy to find a stamp featuring grass so I thought this would do,

The photo is of a patch of grass outside the Folklore Museum here in Corinth

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 93, July 2018 Fleur Pavlidis writes about
 A LITTLE PATCH OF GREEN 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 04, 2018, 05:40:51 AM
Cyclamen purpurascens, Purple cyclamen

A stamp issued by Switzerland in the 1947 series PRO JUVENTUTE
This stamp was issued on the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Jacob Burckhardt

I have not been able to find a photo of Cyclamen purpurascens so am posting one of my favourite cyclamen photos of Cyclamen graecum  growing near the sea in Ag. Theodori  one October.

Still on the subject of Cyclamen and want to learn how Cyclamen are grown from seed read
A CYCLAMEN NURSERY IN ENGLAND by Helena Wiesner
In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 76, April 2014

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 05, 2018, 05:11:26 AM
Motacilla flava, Yellow Wagtail

A stamp issued, in a four stamp series, in 1980 by the Royal Mail

Here is some information about this bird from the RSPB
https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/yellow-wagtail

Irmtraud Gotsis writes in her article A GARDEN IN AGRILI,
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 4, Spring 1996 about her garden and the birds and other members of the animal kingdom which visit it
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 06, 2018, 05:32:42 AM
Jacaranda mimosifolia, TARCO

The third stamp in the flower series issued by Argentina in 1983.

The photo was taken in 2006, before the world financial crisis, when we visited Cyprus with a group of friends
Jacaranda trees abound in Greece and put on a lovely show in the spring.

You can read SEEDS FROM MALLORCA AND THE COSTA BLANCA  by Chantal Giraud in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 67, January 2012
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 07, 2018, 05:43:45 AM
Triticum aestivum, Common Wheat

A stamp issued by San Marino in 1958 in a series named FRUITS.
There were ten stamps in the series depicting five agricultural products

I found some photos I had taken in 1966 of some women working on the threshing floors of the Lasithi plateau, Crete, Greece. I dont know what grain it was that they were threshing. They were sitting or standing on  threshing boards and being pulled round and round by buffalo.

Wheat is mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN mostly with a historic reference.  Go to number 57 July 2009 and read.
LIBYAN GADENS by Lynne Chatterton
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on September 07, 2018, 08:55:56 AM
Hilary I think it is wheat.  It takes me back to when we used to get 'rides' on the threshing boards pulled by the oxen.  My male cousin Xen....and I were allowed to stand on it together as we were very skinny.  In this way we could  have double the time allotted to each child. This method of separating the wheat was overtaken in our area in 1960 by the arrival of the Combine harvester. It was a relief from the dreary, hard work of cutting and separating wheat. Before we were forced to use large wooden 'forks' to lift the wheat  and the wind blew the chaff  away. All in our faces hair etc. We were rewarded with new clothes and shoes from the proceeds.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 07, 2018, 10:18:57 AM
Interesting
Were your buffalo beige like these ones  or black?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on September 07, 2018, 10:44:48 AM
The oxen was beige.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 08, 2018, 05:45:41 AM
Nymphoides aquatic

A stamp issued to commemorate THE INTERNATIONAL BOTANICAL CONGRESS, EDINBURGH in 1964

The photo is of Nymphoides peltata which we saw in the Great Prespa Lake, in northern Greece one November.   I think the plant was identified for me by this Forum

Water lilies appear in three issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN , all of which I have referred to in the past
If you want to read them again go to issues
number 8 page 37;
THE AQUATICS AND THEIR CULTIVATION IN MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATES
By Gianluca Corazza
 13page 12;
THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF PALERMO
By Sabine Rossini Oliva
and 53 page 19
EMBRACING MEDITERRANEAN FLORA IN VITERBO
 By Helene Pizzi




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Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 09, 2018, 06:17:11 AM
Tulipa cypria

A stamp issued, in a four stamp series named WILD FLOWERS OF CYPRUS
by
The Republic of Cyprus,  Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία,  Kibris Cumhuriyeti in 2017.

The stamp was kindly donated by John J to help keep this this post going 

This tulip is in the Red list of endangered plants. There are only three places on the island where this tulip grows, all between 100- 300 meters above sea level

Photos of the flower can be seen on the website of Savvas Tryfonos
 A website dedicated to all Cyprus plants

I found a very clear photo, taken by Oron Peri, of this plant on this Forum in MISCELLANEOUS, under WHO IS IT? August 13th 2012

You can read about this plant in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 59, January 2010 in
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2009,
LIMASSOL, CYPRUS by James Cable

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on September 09, 2018, 09:19:19 AM
Hilary, thanks for reminding me about that article that I haven't read for 8 years. You've used a photo taken by Oron Peri, one of the Moderators of this Forum, to illustrate your post and he was also mentioned in the article. He gave an excellent talk on bulbs at the 2009 AGM and as the author, James Cable, notes another member suggested he write a book on bulbs. Well he did, 'Bulbs of the Eastern Mediterranean' was published in 2015 by the Alpine Garden Society, and it was well worth the wait. More information about it can be found on their website.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 10, 2018, 06:16:35 AM
Oxalis pes-caprae, Bermuda Buttercup.

One of the stamps, in a series of four, issued by the Channel Island
THE BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY.
The series  was named WILD FLOWERS and issued in 1972.

This plant is a very invasive weed and fills the olive groves here in spring with its acid yellow flowers. Luckily it quickly dies down and leaves the fields looking as they should in summer, a rather pale gold colour.
I dont seem to have a photo of a field full of Bermuda Buttercup but I do have a close up. 

To read an article about the Bermuda Buttercup with an unlikely title
Go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 40, April 2005
IN PRAISE OF Oxalis pes-caprae by John Harraway
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 11, 2018, 10:51:06 AM
Tulipa edulis, Amana edulis

A stamp issued by Mongolia in 1960
There are eight stamps in the series named FLOWERS
This flowering bulb now goes by the name of Amana edulis and as the name suggests it is edible.
The plant grows in China, Japan and Korea
I must say the photos of Amana edulis on the internet look nothing like the one depicted on the stamp
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 12, 2018, 07:21:34 AM
Gallirallus Australis, Weka, Maori Hen

A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1966

You can read all about this flightless bird here
http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/weka

This bird is not mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I am sure it would be if there were more articles than the two I have found about New Zealand
I am recommending again that you read
ACCIDENTAL MEDITERRANEAN by Marion Abrams in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 19,Winter 2000
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Caroline on September 12, 2018, 10:39:27 PM
How to cook weka - put in a pot with water to cover and add two or three river stones.  boil until cooked, throw away the weka and eat the resulting "soup".
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 13, 2018, 05:50:03 AM
Chorisia speciosa, now known as Ceiba speciosa, PALO BORRACHO,
 [which means Drunken stick], Silk floss tree

The first stamp of the nine stamp series issued in 1983 by Argentina

We saw a yellow flowered  version of this tree in the garden of our hotel in Cairo in 1994 and were fascinated by the sharp knobs on the trunk.
Here are a couple of photos from that time.

There are several references to this exotic tree in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen number 82, October 2015 for you to read
 VALENCIA A TOWN OF TREES by Edith Haeuser
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 14, 2018, 07:29:31 AM
Triticum aestivum, Common Wheat

This stamp was issued by the Royal Mail in 1963 in a series named
 FREEDOM FROM HUNGER CAMPAIGN.
I can only suppose the stylized design is of Wheat

Another photo of a woman threshing grain in 1966 on the   Lasithi plateau, Crete, Greece.
Here the buffalo are muzzled  and it looks as if the process is more advanced than the first photo I posted .This time the threshing board , δοκάνι , is visible.
I have named the animals buffalo but really I have no idea. 

Go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 61, July 2010 to read MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN HISTORY: NEW VIEWS by Louisa Jones where Wheat is mentioned
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 15, 2018, 04:46:53 AM
Hyacinthoides non scripta, Bluebell
Silene dioica, Red Campion
Anemone nemorosa, Wood Anemone.

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1967
There were six stamps in the series all depicting wild flowers of Britain

I have recently posted photos of Bluebells and Wood Anemones. Today I am posting a photo I took in April 2009 when we came across a field of Silene intergripetala in the foothills of Mount Parnon, Peloponnese. The flower was identified for me as Silene intergripetala but now I cant find any reference to   this name   anywhere. So lets just say it is Silene.   
 
You can read about Silene goulimyi in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 50, October 2007
JOHN SIBTHORP, SHIRLEY ATCHLEY AND CONSTANTINE GOULMIS
 by John Rendall
See THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY website for illustrations related to this article
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/50-sibthorp.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 15, 2018, 04:51:08 AM
What a difference one letter makes
It was identified as Silene integripetala, no r after inte
I found the original e mail
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 16, 2018, 05:26:33 AM
Allium sphaerocephalon

A stamp issued in a four stamp series named WILD FLOWERS by
The Republic of Cyprus,  Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία,  Kibris Cumhuriyeti in 2018.
The stamp was kindly donated by John J for this thread.

I have a photo of what I identified as Allium ampeloprasum, correct me if I am wrong

To read about SPAROZA: DEREKS GARDEN by Sally Razelou where Allium sphaerocephalon is mentioned in a list of plants growing in the garden go to
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  number 45, July 2006

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Fermi on September 16, 2018, 11:34:04 AM
Hi Hilary,
Allium sphaerocephalon is one of the alliums we can grow here.
These pics are from 2014
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 17, 2018, 05:51:39 AM
Campanula rapunculoides, Creeping Bellflower

A stamp issued by Czechoslovakia in 1964 in a six stamp series named WILD FLOWERS.

If you want to know more about this highly invasive plant got here.
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=359085&isprofile=0&

I dont have a photo of this particular Campanula but I do have a photo I managed to take in the site of Ancient Corinth of a Campanula before the man, employed to do so, tore it out by is roots

Various Campanula are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but not specifically this one
If you like you can read
 THE FLORA OF OTTOMAN GARDENS ll .
 FLOWERING PLANTS by Nicholas Stavroulakis in issue number 11, Winter 1997/8
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 18, 2018, 06:06:02 AM
Orchis maculata, now known as Dactylorhiza maculata, Heath spotted-orchid

One of the four stamps issued in 1972 by THE BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY in a series named WILD FLOWERS.

I dont have a photo of this flower but there are some great photos of it on the Internet.

To read about plant hunting adventures in Northern Greece go to
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 54, October 2008 and read
A VISIT TO EPIRUS, NORTHERN GREECE BY Jorun Tharladsen
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 18, 2018, 06:27:23 AM
For photos of the trip to Epirus go to this link and scroll down to May 2008

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/branches-uk-b.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 19, 2018, 06:03:50 AM
Septempunctata coccinella, Seven Spotted Ladybird

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1985 in a 5 stamp series named INSECTS 

The photo shows a Ladybird in Portugal, I dont know if it is seven spotted 

There are plenty of references to Ladybirds in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN for me to choose from. As luck would have it in the three copies I decided   to look at I came across
 LEARNING, NOT DOZING by Gillian Biddle in number 51 January 2008.
Her garden is in the UK which I thought suited the stamp from the UK
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 20, 2018, 05:29:29 AM
Tabebuia ipe, LAPACHO NEGRO, Tabebuia ipe var. integra

Yet another stamp issued in 1983 by Argentina

To read about this tree and see some photos go here
https://www.south-florida-plant-guide.com/tabebuia-tree.html

Yes, this tree is even mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Go to issue number 65, July 2011 and read
COLOURS AND CONTRASTS IN ISRAEL by David Wheeler
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 21, 2018, 11:38:49 AM
Triticum aestivum, Wheat

A stamp issued in 1964 in a seven stamp series by the USSR The photo is of women winnowing grain on the Lasithi plateau, Crete, Greece in 1966

Just for interest I looked up what winnow is in Greek, λιχνίζω

To read an interesting article about TRAVELLING SEEDS go to
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 64, April 2011 and read the introduction From the President who was then Jean Vache 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 22, 2018, 09:06:40 AM
Leucanthemum vulgare, Ox Eye Daisy
Tussilago, Coltsfoot
Ranunculus acris, Meadow Buttercup

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1967 depicting common wild flowers of Britain

I cant say I have seen a Coltsfoot for very many years
In fact I dont seem to have a photo of any of these flowers.

I was thrilled to find a reference to Coltsfoot in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and even more so when I realized that I had not recommended this article before.
FLORAS FROCK : A MEDITATION UPON    BOTTICELLIS  PRIMAVERA
By Anthony Lyman-Dixon in issue number 57
I snapped the drawing John Jefferis made to illustrate this article
Primaveras flowers, after Botticelli
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on September 22, 2018, 05:12:26 PM
Hillary, My IPad was in use by our granddaughter yesterday so I didn't read any of the posts. The photo of the ladies winnowing is very evocative of 'hard backbreaking labour'. During my teaching years here in Cyprus I have always made a point of creating a garden for herbs, planted native plants and generally looked after the school garden. I used the content of the garden for my primary science lessons. It was very difficult to get the children to dig or weed the garden. Their parents didn't want them to work in the 'dirt' like their grandparents. I was reminded that they were there to study and have an easier life. 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 22, 2018, 06:57:08 PM
My eleven year old granddaughter didn't want to go to school when it opened again this September. I told her that she would have to work if she didn't go to school. This brought memories of a family friend, now a teacher, who used to spend all her summer holidays working in the family fields.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 23, 2018, 06:04:47 AM
Carpobrotus edulis, Hottentot Fig.

One more stamp issued by THE BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY in a series named WILD FLOWERS

I took this photo in 1966 somewhere near the sea in Corinth. I must have been very impressed by the plant to take its photo as the film, for transparencies, was very expensive.

Hottentot Fig  used to be very common in the 1960s and I remember some growing down the walls near one of the toll booths of the then National Road

To read about Carpobrotus edulis and other invasive plants go to
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 57, October 2008 where there are five articles about INVASIVE PLANTS
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 24, 2018, 06:12:50 AM



Anthemis tricolor, Three-coloured chamomile

A stamp issued in a four stamp series named    WILD FLOWERS by
The Republic of Cyprus,  Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία,  Kibris Cumhuriyeti in 2018.
The stamp was kindly donated by John J to keep this thread going

Photos of this plant can be seen on the website of Savvas Tryfonos
 A website dedicated to all Cyprus plants

Sorry no photo from me

While Anthemis tricolor is not mentioned anywhere in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  Anthemis are mentioned is several issues. Go to number 56, April 2009 and read WILD FLOWERS IN GREECE: NISYROS by Ann Kenady

For photographs of some of the plants and places described, see
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY website

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/56-nisyros.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 25, 2018, 06:06:01 AM
Vitis vinifera, Grape vine 

Greece issued a series of twelve stamps in 2014 each depicting something representing each month and Folk Art
The series was named THE MONTH IN FOLK ART

The stamp for September depicts grapes. This area of Greece grows a lot of grapes and the hillsides, which we see from the beach, shine with the plastic covers  erected over the vines to protect them from rain and sun damage, not to mention hail. 
My husband brought grapes back from the street market and I cut some branches off a neighbour's grape vine to take this photo. Now to eat the grapes. We are spoiled in this area as seedless grapes are grown in great quantities. Consequently it is a bother to have to eat grapes with pips, how lazy can you get?

There probably not many Mediterranean gardens without their grape vine and there is no shortage of references in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Go to issue number 82, October 2015 and read
HISTORIC GARDENS AT VILLA BOLOGNA, MALTA
By Anne R. Welles
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 25, 2018, 06:52:32 AM
For photographs of the Villa Bologna, Malta go here

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/82-malta.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - grape photo
Post by: Alisdair on September 25, 2018, 07:50:34 AM
Beautifully staged photo, Hilary!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on September 25, 2018, 10:56:46 AM
Hilary are the red grapes crunchy?  They look like our Cyprus 'verico' grapes which is the most common type of grape normaly grown in the homes for summer shade.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 25, 2018, 01:37:03 PM
Charithea,
I can't say the grapes were crunchy, they had very small pips and are now a thing of the past.
My husband didn't ask the man at the street market the name of the grapes which, of course, was the first thing I asked him when he brought them home
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on September 25, 2018, 02:49:55 PM
Άντρες  !! Thanks Hilary.  Because 'verico' is crunchy and full of seeds  they are not used to make raisins or to squeeze to make 'palouze'. They do have a lovely taste though.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 26, 2018, 06:15:17 AM
Decticus verrucivorus, Bush Cricket, Wart - biter

Another stamp from the five stamp series named INSECTS issued by the Royal Mail in 1985.
Find these stamps very attractive and note that they were engraved by Harrison

I dont think I have a photo of a Bush Cricket although we did have a large grasshopper like insect trapped in the kitchen last December. In the photo you can see, apart from the grasshopper,  the dismal view from the kitchen window and the Gerania Mountain

I didnt find an article about the Bush Cricket in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I thought the gardeners with pest problems might be interested in this
GARDEN PESTS, DISEASES AND WEEDS:A SURVEY by members of the Languedoc branch in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 60, April 2010
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 27, 2018, 05:24:03 AM
Passiflora coerulea, MBURUCUYA-PASONARA

A stamp issued by Argentina in 1983
The stamp states the name as Passiflora coerulea but it seems to be Passiflora caerulea, Did they make a mistake and write o instead of a?
There are nine stamps in the series; I posted one of the series a while ago.
Now I have the complete set so there will be eight beautiful flowery stamp posts coming your way

To read about how to grow this climber read here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/12356/Passiflora-caerulea/Details

The photo I have of a Passion Flower was taken in October 2008 when we attended a wedding in Saint Albans, UK

This useful climber is mentioned in many copies of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. Today I am pointing you to issue number 22, October 2000
So that you read
OUR LEONIDION GARDEN: SEPTEMBER by Duncan Graham
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on September 27, 2018, 07:50:40 AM
They did make a mistake, Hilary - and lots of other people including a few nursery catalogues still do! But it's been "caerulea" ever since Linnaeus named it.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 27, 2018, 08:08:28 AM
Thanks, I will check that I have written it correctly on my computer
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 28, 2018, 06:22:21 AM
Hordeum sp. Hordeum vulgare, Barley

A stamp issued by Israel in 1958 to celebrate the JEWISH NEW YEAR.
There are four stamps in the series all depicting agricultural products

To continue with the stamps featuring grain and photos from Lasithi plateau, Crete, Greece in 1966 the last photo I have shows sheaves of grain waiting to be processed. Lasithi is famous for its white sailed windmills. People are usually disappointed as they expect to see thousands more windmills but you can see quite a few in this photo.

Barley is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
number 62, October 2010 in
AIN KASSIMOU:
A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN IN MARRAKECH by Ida Tonini
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 29, 2018, 06:00:10 AM
Aristolochia littoralis    PATITO

The eighth stamp issued in the flower series by Argentina in 1983.
You can read some interesting information about this plant here

http://florawww.eeb.uconn.edu/19880http://florawww.eeb.uconn.edu/198800141.html0141.html

I didnt expect to find a reference to this plant in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but there you are, life is full of surprises.
Go to issue number 67, January 2012 and read
THE 2011 AGM THE MAIN PROGRAMME IN MALLORCA
 by Valerie Whittington
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - Aristolochia littoralis
Post by: Alisdair on September 29, 2018, 07:57:41 AM
Hilary, Here's an Aristolochia littoralis that we saw on Mallorca, on one of the excursions that Sally Beale organised for the MGS AGM meeting that was held there a few years ago (and for this October she's organised another programme for about 50 of us there, before the main meeting in Alicante on the mainland - a glutton for punishment!)
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on September 29, 2018, 09:15:06 AM
Wonderful, Quite breathtaking.

I am hoping that when I post a stamp depicting Caesalpinia pulcherrima and another featuring metrosideros fulgens someone will jump in just a quickly with good photos .
OK for the stamp of the  New Zealand tree i will accept metrosideros excelsa , especially as I will be posting it during the Christmas holidays ,συν θεώ
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 01, 2018, 06:18:33 AM
Anagallis arvensis, scarlet Pimpernel

The last stamp of the four stamp series named WILD FLOWERS issued in 1972 by
THE BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY.

This time I have a photo, taken somewhere in Sparta, to add to this post.

Anagallis arvensis is mentioned BY John Joynes as growing in his garden in Cyprus.
Read all about it in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 22, October 2000
REDISCOVERING NATURE
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on October 01, 2018, 09:46:41 AM
The little aberrant one with just the four petals looks every bit as brave as his six-petalled friends!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 01, 2018, 10:47:55 AM
I did wonder about that four petaled one
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 03, 2018, 05:27:14 AM
Aglais urticae   and Buddleja davidii, Small tortoiseshell and Butterfly bush

A stamp issued by Alderney in the Bailiwick of Guernsey in 1997. There are three stamps in the series.

 I dont seem to have a photo of either the butterfly or the Buddleja.
 I do have a photo of Buddleja madagascariensis which we planted down in the back yard several years ago. It has twice been cut down by someone who apparently doesnt like it very much but it grows back, even more strongly I would say

Both the butterfly and the Buddleja bush are mentioned in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 64, April 2011
DONT LET THEM FLUTTER BY:
ENCOURAGE, BUTTERFLIES INTO YOUR GARDEN by Joanna Millar
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on October 03, 2018, 08:02:16 AM
Our 2 Buddleja davidii bushes are in flower now, Hilary. Our B. madagascariensis isn't but have you tried smelling its flowers?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 03, 2018, 09:01:17 AM
Yes the Buddleja madagascariensis has a heady scent which reaches  the third floor
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on October 03, 2018, 10:22:30 AM
Personally I find it a rather unpleasant smell.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: David Dickinson on October 03, 2018, 11:58:31 PM
Before I bought my  B. madagascariensis I had read that it had an unpleasant smell but went ahead with the purchase because I wanted some winter colour. I haven't been disappointed with the colour and although the perfume is not a sweet smell it is not as bad as I was led to believe. Even when I had it on my balcony in the old house very close to the kitchen door. It has been through periods of intense summer heat and the -7C of this last winter and is still growing strongly in a large pot. If in doubt, give it a try would be my advice. The leaves are a nice colour too - soft green on top and white underneath.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 04, 2018, 06:11:28 AM
Thevetia peruviana, sometimes called Yellow Oleander

This stamp was issued by Vietnam in 1977 in an eight stamp series named
WILD FLOWERS.

Apparently, as with, Oleander it is very poisonous. 

Thevetia peruviana is mentioned several times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen issue number 30, October 2002 for you to read today
SPAROZA IN SUMMER by Caroline Harbouri

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 05, 2018, 06:11:08 AM
Gossypium , Cotton

A stamp issued by the USSR  in 1964 in a series named  AGRICULTURAL CROPS.

When we visited the Royal Botanical Gardens in Madrid this spring we looked at the area growing commercial crops. I wish I had taken a photo of the notice saying
 DO NOT EAT THE PLANTS
Here is a photo of the information board about Gossypium and another photo of a rather bedraggled cotton boll.

Cotton is mentioned in three issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and since this must be the fourth stamp I have featuring cotton I have run out of articles for you to read
To can always go back to number 6
THE COTTON SPINY BOLLWORN BY Richard Dight
number 28
MORE REFLECTIONS FROM APHRODITES ISLE by John Joynes
And number  76
SOME MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS ON THE BLACK SEA
by David J. Bracey and re read the articles.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on October 05, 2018, 07:58:26 AM
Hilary, Isabelle Doumet Skaf in Lebanon recently sent our MGS Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/mediterraneangardensociety) this photo of a boll on a cotton plant she's got on in a pot on her balcony. She collected the seed a couple of years ago in an Uzbekistan cotton field. And there's a picture too of the plant itself. We then heard from another member who finds them splendid for flower arrangements. I wonder how many people in mediterranean areas have tried this as a pot plant?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 05, 2018, 08:31:29 AM
Great photo
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 05, 2018, 01:36:51 PM
It would be good if someone could post a photo of the flower of the cotton plant the next time I post a stamp featuring cotton. One more to go I think
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 06, 2018, 05:17:20 AM
Tecoma stans, GUARAN AMARILLO- GUARANGUAY

The fifth stamp issued by Argentina in 1983.

I cant say I have seen this plant but it seems to be very popular in tropical countries.

To read about Tecoma stans and other plants in the same family read
PLANT FAMILY BIGNONIACEAE PART 3 by John Calderwood
 in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 16, Spring 1999
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on October 06, 2018, 07:53:48 AM
Hilary, Tecoma stans are very popular here in Cyprus too, you see them everywhere. I have to say that the one depicted on the Argentinian stamp looks less like any T. stans that I have ever seen. We'll probably have to allow them artistic licence.
The photos are of one of our plants taken a few days ago.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 06, 2018, 08:09:59 AM
Great photos. I can't say I have seen any Tecoma stans around here
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on October 06, 2018, 10:30:30 AM
Hilary, below are photos I took a few minutes ago of our hybrid Tecoma stans 'Orange Jubillee'. Still not quite the same colour as your stamps but maybe a little closer?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 07, 2018, 05:53:20 AM
Caesalpinia pulcherrima,

A stamp issued by Cuba in 1977 to commemorate the
The 100th Anniversary of the birth of Doctor Juan Tomas Roig in a six stamp series named CUBAN  FLOWERS

 I dont have a photo of this plant and the one I knew in Sparta must have died as it is not there anymore
You can read some information and see some photos here

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=280679&isprofile=0&re

Caesalpinia pulcherrima    is mentioned a couple of times in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN 
To read  how the the Department of Water and Power, [of Los Angeles] took the radical step of removing the turf and traditional landscapes surrounding its facilities. They then designed and replaced these landscapes with drought tolerant, water conservative gardens
read
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 82, October 2015
THE WIDOWS DROUGHT by Ann Semaan Beisch

Drawing by Derek Toms and scanned from MAKING A GARDEN ON A GREEK HILLSIDE BY Mary Jaqueline Tyrwhitt
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on October 07, 2018, 08:40:09 AM
Alisdair, Thea mentioned your idea of growing a cotton plant in a pot to her older (80) sister. Her response was along the lines of: (translated from Greek and cleaned up); "Are you mad! After the years of abuse my hands suffered picking the damned stuff, do you think I'd ever want to see one again?"
Cotton was grown in Cyprus for centuries and even into the 1950s was a main export commodity, until production declined for a variety of reasons, mostly to do with lack of water. In the 1980s the authorities experimented with 12 varieties of cotton to try to revitalise the industry but to no avail.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 08, 2018, 05:48:56 AM
Iris arenaria, Sand iris

This stamp was issued by Hungary in 1971 in an eight stamp series. I have sent posts of the other seven stamps but somehow or other this got left behind probably because I didnt have a photo of a suitable yellow iris to go with it.

We did see a yellow iris, although not Iris arenaria, several years ago in Madrid when we visited the Quinta de los Molinos Park.   
This is a photo of that iris

To read about this park in Madrid go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 59, January 2010 A MEDITERRANEAN ORCHARD IN THE CITY
by  Meye  Maier
See THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN website for photographs
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/59-madrid.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 09, 2018, 05:58:27 AM
Commelina sp.

A stamp issued by Ghana in 1967 in a series of six stamps named NATIONAL SYMBOLS.

I had seen this bright blue flower, Commelina erecta, in Sparta and asked
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY Forum to identify it for me, which they did very quickly.

Unfortunately it is not mentioned in any articles in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but you can acquire seeds  from the seed exchange.
Look here to see the latest seed list
 http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/seedlist.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on October 09, 2018, 06:44:41 AM
A word of caution, Hilary, we find that it spreads itself around very freely, popping up all over the place.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: David Dickinson on October 10, 2018, 12:53:56 AM
It comes up everywhere for me too John. Easy to pull up so not truly invasive. However, it gets from one large pot to another with no help from me. I can only immagine the seed is carried by birds. It is certainly not carried by wind as it would be too heavy.  But you wouldn't think birds would bother with it. No interesting fruit is produced and the seeds are not like other seeds with an attractive soft kernel.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 10, 2018, 06:31:35 AM
Sciurus vulgaris, Red Squirrel.

Another stamp depicting an animal loved by the Royal Mail.
This one was issued in 1977 in a five stamp series all depicting the usual suspects, hedgehog, hare, squirrel, otter and badger. I dont have a stamp featuring either a hedgehog or an otter but on the other hand I have not scanned all the UK presentation packs in the cupboard

The photo of a thin squirrel with bedraggled tail was taken in The Buen Retiro Park, Madrid many years ago.

As I have said before there are plenty of references to squirrels in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I have chosen number 6, Autumn 1996
OAKS IN A CALIFORNIA GARDEN by Katherine Greenberg
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 11, 2018, 06:25:21 AM
Viola riviniana, Dog violet

Another stamp issued in 1967 by the Royal Mail to celebrate some of the wildflowers which grow in Britain.
The Dog Violet was voted the County Flower of Lincolnshire in 2002. I had no idea that there were County Flowers of the UK

The photo is of the lid of a trinket box I had given to a friend of mine after a trip to Spain. The box and lid are white so I dont know why the photo came out blue. Also the flowers dont look so fuzzy when you look at the box

This plant is mentioned in
 A CONVERSATION IN THE MOORISH GARDEN OF CREVILLENTE
 By Pedro Jose Moya
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 70 October 2012

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 12, 2018, 05:22:28 AM
Pisum sativum, Garden pea

The fourth stamp in the series issued by the USSR in 1964 depicting agricultural products

We hardly ever see fresh peas here in Greece so I have taken a photo of the packet of  frozen peas. One of our favourite meals in the spring is artichokes with peas   

Pisum sativum is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 72, January 2013 in a list of seeds donated to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY by Marcus Ryan. Go to page 68 to read THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY SEED EXCHANGE
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 13, 2018, 06:55:45 AM
Momordica charantia = Bitter Melon,  Balsam Pear.
This plant appeared last year on a couple of balconies in Corinth and this particular vine was growing up a newly planted olive tree outside a small shop.
The pale green, knobbly fruit turned bright orange and split open to show the bright red sticky seeds in a matter of five days.
Apparently some versions of this plant are eaten in India and Asia.
I forgot to ask the owner of the shop how she had come by the plant.
Hilary
16th November 2010

I wrote the above when I sent photos of the plant to my Hotmail friends. Now that I have the stamp I thought I would send it to this Forum, However it is not mentioned in a single issue of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, as far as I can see. Now, breaking my self made rule of not posting a stamp unless I find a reference to the depicted plant in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  here is the stamp and three photos of Momordica charantia

Momordica charantia, a stamp issued by the British Virgin Islands in 1981 in a five stamp series

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 14, 2018, 07:20:38 AM
Passiflora foetida, Stinking Passionflower

Yet another stamp issued by the British Virgin Islands in 1981 in a five stamp series.

I dont have a photo of this Passionflower which apparently has a strong smell!

Passion flowers are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but not specifically this one. I have chosen issue number 7, Winter 1996/7 for you to read
GARDENING IN SOUTH-WEST FRANCE by C. R, Illingworth
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on October 14, 2018, 08:03:06 AM
Hilary, with reference to the Momordica charantia you can justify  the posting on the fact that they do grow in the Mediterranean.  We have been seeing  the above growing in our area the last few years.  They  have arrived here with  the 'foreign carers'. The ladies grow their native herbs and vegetables in plastic pots or in corners of their bosses' garden.   I was presented with one of these fruits two weeks ago but the recipe was rather vague so I put it aside for a while.  It went yellow then orange and split with seeds ready for planting.  I will try them in November.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 14, 2018, 10:08:37 AM
Good luck, the fruit look really interesting
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 15, 2018, 05:16:48 AM
Colchicum speciosum stev

A stamp issued by the USSR in 1960 in an eight stamp series
 designed by G. Chuchelov

Here is a photo of Colchicum cupanii which was identified for me by
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY Forum.
We saw the flowers one autumn when we visited my favourite field half way between Sparta and Tripolis.

Looking for a reference to Colchicum in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I came across a very apt article as, I think, we were probably in Arcadia when I took the photo.
GARDENING IN ARKADIA by Duncan Graham in issue number 19, Winter 2000
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 16, 2018, 06:16:00 AM
Rosa, Elizabeth of Glamis 

Issued in 1976 by the Royal Mail to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal National Rose Society. There are four stamps in the series

This rose is apparently a salmon colour. I dont have a photo of this particular rose but I thought you might like to see this photo of a pink/ orange rose growing in the Goudes Park in Sparta.

There are so many references to Roses in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I had great difficulty in deciding which one to recommend. In the end I decided on USEFUL ROSES  by Christoph Wieschus in issue number 13 Summer 1998
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - Rosa, Elizabeth of Glamis
Post by: Fermi on October 16, 2018, 06:38:43 AM
I often wondered if this rose was named after the (late) Queen Mother and found this which seems to verify it:
http://forums.mooseyscountrygarden.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1823 (http://forums.mooseyscountrygarden.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1823)
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 16, 2018, 12:24:47 PM
Interesting
I love interesting information, especially when someone else does the homework!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: JTh on October 16, 2018, 06:26:19 PM
Your photo of the rose in the Goudes Park looks exactly like one  I have which i never managed to find a name of; it's my favourite rose in our garden in Greece.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 18, 2018, 06:02:34 AM
Iris pseudopumila, Southern Dwarf Iris 

A STAMP ISSUED BY Malta in 1999.

You can read some information about this Iris  here in the red list

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/13161827/0

I have never seen this particular Iris so no photo but one of my favourite photos is of Iris unguicularis which I am posting here.

For all of you who are waiting for the daily, or nearly daily, dose of an article from  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN go to Number 45, July 2006 and read
TEN MONTHS AT SPAROZA by Lina Stenemo where Iris unguicularis are mentioned.

The cover drawing, by John Jefferis, shows a view of the threshing floor   at Sparoza looking towards Mt. Hymettus
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 19, 2018, 07:47:06 AM
Vitis vinifera, Grape

This stamp is in a series of six named FRUIT issued by Bulgaria in 1965

The  sage green Wedgwood Jasper Ware trinket box decorated with grape vines  was staring me in the face while I was wondering if I should go to the street market to buy yet more grapes to illustrate this post.

It was not a difficult task to find a reference to Vitis vinifera in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Read  A RABBINICAL GARDEN :PART 2
 by Nicholas Stavroulakis in issue number 20., April 2000
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 20, 2018, 06:05:02 AM
Trifolium pratense and Trifolium repens, Red clover and White clover

A stamp issued by New Zealand in a four stamp series in 1989

I have a photo of white Clover seen somewhere here in Corinth but none of pink Clover.

Trifolium pratense is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 17,  summer 1999 in LANDSCAPING MY GARDEN:PART II by Sue Goumas
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 21, 2018, 07:24:35 AM
Rosa, Grandpa Dickson

Issued in 1976 by the Royal Mail to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal National Rose Society. There are four stamps in the series.

Grandpa Dickson is a yellow rose and again I dont have a photo of this particular rose. The photo I have of a similar rose was taken in Kiato, in the rain, with my friend holding an umbrella over me.

Roses and Rose gardens are mentioned in many issues of
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
since I dont find Rosa Grandpa Dickson in the journal index I am pointing you to number 19, Winter 2000 for you to read
A RABBINICAL GARDEN: PART 1 by Nicholas Stavroulakis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 22, 2018, 05:59:50 AM
Camellia Grand Finale

A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1992. There are 6 stamps in the series.

This Camellia produces white flowers and the photo I have of a white Camellia, I dont know its name, was taken this year in the garden of the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid

There is no shortage of references to Camellias in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. Today I chose issue number 60, April 2010 for you to read
A ROMANTIC GARDEN RESTORED IN GENZANO by Virginia Scaretti
You could also go back to issue number 22, October 2000 and read
 CAMELLIAS GALORE IN LAZIO again by Virginia Scaretti
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 23, 2018, 06:23:07 AM
Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree

A stamp issued by Cuba in 1967
There are seven colourful stamps in the series of which I have this one.

Information about this tree can be seen here
http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Cassia+fistula

The only photo I have of a Cassia is of Cassia corymbosa, Argentina senna growing in Corinth, which I am posting here.

Cassia fistula is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 56, April 2009.
AN EXOTIC HANGING GARDEN by Rory Stuart
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 24, 2018, 06:04:20 AM
Coenagrion mercurial, Southern Damselfly

The Royal Mail issued a 10 stamp series featuring ENDANGERED INSECTS of the UK in 2008

I will be posting a scan of the stamp and a scan of part of the information leaflet from the presentation pack.
The presentation pack was sent to me by my friend Helen in Scotland

Since I dont have photos of insects I wont be adding my photos to these posts
Anyone wanting to add their photos is very welcome

I have not been able to find a reference to this insect in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I am sure all who have gardens with  a water feature will have  dragonflies hovering over the water.
So to read  about  water features , nearly every garden seems to have one , go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 68, April 2012 and read
QUINTA FAY by Kirsten Honeyman
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 25, 2018, 06:10:47 AM
Sophora tetraptera, large leaved Kowhai

A stamp issued by New Zealand in a six stamp series. All the stamps depict beautiful trees
If you want to read more about this tree go here

http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=1304

I have never seen this tree so no photos

Sophora are mentioned several times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but not this one in particular. I am torn between sending you to Venice, California, The Black Sea and other places where Sophora are mentioned
In the end I have decided on Venice as I dont think I have referred to this article before
Read VENETIAN GARDENS by Leonard Pearcey in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 58, October 2009
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 26, 2018, 06:31:48 AM
Camellia Night Rider

One of six stamps depicting Camellias issued by New Zealand in 1992.

Unfortunately I havent seen this bright red hybrid Camellia with frilly petals  which originated in New Zealand 

I looked for photos of the deepest red Camellia we saw on our visit to the Royal Botanic Garden, Madrid, this spring.
The notice informed us that it was Camellia japonica Dr. Clifford Parks

To start off reading the latest THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN go to the first article A GARDEN OF A LESSER GOD by Ann Semaan Beisch where she mentions Camellias

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 29, 2018, 05:18:41 PM


Mediolobivia  arachnacantha

A stamp issued by the Principality of  Monaco in 1974

This appears to be one of those small cactus which people grow on their window sills .and hope will flower sometime

There is a cliff side garden in Monaco featuring cactus, succulents and other exotic plants .apparently there are also greenhouses.
You can visit the next time you are in Monaco here is the visitor information.
http://www.jardin-exotique.mc/en/

Members of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY visited this garden in September 2007, you can read about their visit  in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 52, April 2008
 A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY VISIT TO THE RIVIERA
 by Charles Boot
There is a photo of the garden in Monaco and of other gardens which 
 were visited on the same occasion
Go here to see them

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/52-riviera.html
After writing this I noticed a drawing by John Jefferis on page iv of The Jardine Exotique,   Monaco  and that all the drawings illustrating the above mentioned article are by John Jefferis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on October 30, 2018, 10:10:23 AM
The Monaco cactus garden is a stunning place, which MGS members have seen (at the Menton AGM a few years ago, and also on Riviera tours)
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on October 31, 2018, 06:51:38 AM
Bufo calamita, Natterjack toad

A stamp, in a four stamp series, issued by the Royal Mail in 1986
The series is named NATURE CONSERVATION,   SPECIES AT RISK.

 I dont have any photos of toads so I went looking round the house for something to go with this post.
I dont know if this pottery animal is meant to be a frog or a toad but it has been sitting in one of my plant pots for several years. It looks huge in the photo but it is only about two inches long. A friend of mine, who lives in Northumberland U.K., bought it from
http://www.erringtonreay.co.uk/shop/
Looking at their website they dont seem to produce these small items any more

Toads are mentioned in passing is several issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen number 85, July 2016 for you to read
  GOING NATIVE:
GARDEN DESIGN FOR WILDLIFE.  by Melissa Hamilton
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 02, 2018, 06:16:52 AM
Beta vulgaris var. altissima, Sugar beet

A stamp issued by the USSR in 1964 in a seven stamp series named AGRICULTURAL CROPS

I dont have a photo of this particular member of the beetroot family but have one of a beetroot plant which we saw growing in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Madrid this spring. Visitors to the garden were urged not to eat the plants as they had been treated with chemicals. This one goes by the name of REMOLACHA REDONDA, beetroot.

The reference I found in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN is actually for Swiss chard, another variation of the Beta vulgaris family. Read
THE REINHARDT GARDEN: 1. DARING DESIGN by Helene Pizzi in issue number 46, October 2006 where Swiss chard is grown among other plants for its ornamental leaves.

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 04, 2018, 06:55:54 AM
Grinum sp.

A stamp issued by the Republique Du Cameroun in 1963
I have not been able to find out anything about Grinum so have come to the conclusion that  they mean Crinum, several of which, grow in Cameroun

Crinum purpurescens grows in the Sudan, Cameroun and Angola

I dont have a photo of this plant but do have a photo of Crinum asiaticun which I took in a park on the island of Syros

To read about Crinum and bulbs in general go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 27 January 2002 and read CAPE BULBS by Heidi Gildemeister
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 05, 2018, 07:01:34 AM
Dianthus caryophyllus, Carnation Princess Caroline, OEILLET

A stamp issued in 1959 by the Principality of Monaco

I took the photo of a Carnation  one November but I dont remember where. Why do flowers always photo bomb each other?

There are many references to Carnations and Dianthus in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I chose number 31 ,January 2003 for you to read
WHATS IN A NAME by Derrick Donnison-Morgan

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 06, 2018, 01:34:32 PM
Delonix regia, Flame tree, Flamboyant
 
Anguilla issued a four stamp series of stamps in 1970 named
FLOWERS OF THE LESSER ANTILLES 
All the stamps depicted are grown in Mediterranean gardens

Recently I have been trying to reduce the number of books in the cupboard, keeping the ones I think my children might want and the ones I want to read again. I came across The Flame trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley. Now that is something to look forward to reading in the winter.

The photo was taken outside the entrance to the pyramid complex in Giza, Cairo.  Our guide had disappeared and apparently you cannot gain entrance to the complex unless you have a guide, or so we were told. We did get in in the end and I did get to touch a pyramid but at one point it looked as if we would just see them from over the wall.

To read about a Delonix regia tree growing in Greece go to
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 18, Autumn 1999 and read
AN OLD GARDEN ON THE ISLAND OF CHIOS by Caroline Harbouri


Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on November 06, 2018, 05:45:14 PM
Hilary I read that book many years ago. I can only remember that it had to do with Kenya because about  30 years ago I went to that country with my friend to climb Kilimanjaro  and I went looking for the trees.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 06, 2018, 06:19:03 PM
There was a series on the TV which we saw in black and white
I wonder if it can be found on the Internet

Kilimanjaro, wonderful
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 07, 2018, 02:03:42 PM
Halcyon malimbica, Blue-breasted Kingfisher

A stamp issued by Nigeria in 1965

There are plenty of photos of this bird, which lives in Nigeria and  central Africa,  on the web.

In PIAS GARDEN, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN 53, July 2008
 Ida Tonini writes
At the beginning this pool welcomed Pia on hot summer nights under the light of the full moon; now as well as the water lilies it is full of lotuses , water ranunculus and thousands of living creatures passing birds [even a kingfisher], frogs, tadpoles and small snakes
A bit like Ithaki which gave the reason for the journey the name kingfisher gave  the reason to read this article in  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 09, 2018, 02:11:46 PM
Linum usitatissimum, Flax

A stamp issued by the USSR in 1964 depicting agricultural products

The photo of the flower is of Linum bienne belonging to the same family

The other photo is of a linen table cloth my in laws were given as a wedding present in 1935
We use it about once a year

Linum bienne [syn. L usitatissimum subsp. angustifolium ] is mentioned in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 78, October 2014.
Read   A MEDICINAL GARDEN ON MENORCA
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on November 09, 2018, 07:11:10 PM
Lovely embroidery.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 10, 2018, 12:26:46 PM
Gloriosa, Flame Lily

A stamp issued by the Republique Du Cameroun in 1963

As you can see it is triangular, a great joy for youthful collectors.

I am afraid I dont have a photo of this plant

Here is a useful link with many photos of the Flame Lily
http://powo.science.kew.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:535953-1

Only one reference to the Flame Lily in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and that is only a thought by Freda Cox if she should obtain one for her new home
MOVING HOUSE by Freda Cox , ΤΜG number 42 October 2005
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 11, 2018, 07:50:31 AM
Papaver rhoeas, Poppy

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 2006
LEST WE FORGET
REMEMBRANCE DAY POPPIES

The photo was taken at Ancient Corinth at the end of April 2017

If you go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 89, July 2017 and read
A VERY MEDITERRANEAN SURPRISE: SARDINIA, by Sally Beale you will read about poppies fluttering between the ruined walls of ancient Nora
The cover drawing, by Mega Bozkurt, of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 70, October 2012 is of Poppies
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 12, 2018, 06:38:39 AM
Hibiscus 

Anguilla issued a four stamp series of stamps in 1970 named
FLOWERS OF THE LESSER ANTILLES 
All the stamps depicted are grown in Mediterranean gardens

Hibiscus seems to be a favourite of postage stamp producers. I have posted these photos before but in the end one photo of a red hibiscus flower looks just like another. Unfortunately I have never seen a bright pink one as depicted on the stamp

This is an opportunity for me to start recommending that you read the latest
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 94, October 2018.
HIBISCUS SPECIES by John Joynes

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on November 12, 2018, 09:12:52 AM
Hilary, as soon as I saw your post I went out to see if I could find a pink flower on any of our hibiscus plants. Unfortunately the only one I could find had already closed. There were a couple of reds and a rather attractive orange that had just opened.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 12, 2018, 12:24:30 PM
I like the photo of the red Hibiscus with the shadow
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 13, 2018, 06:31:37 AM
Hibiscus syriacus

A stamp issued by South Korea in 1981- 1990

The photo was taken in a friends garden. The flower is actually smaller than it looks in the photo

To read
LANDSCAPING A GOLF COURSE by Isabel Carvajal y Urquijo
Go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN   number 14 Autumn 1998.
Hibiscus syriacus were planted at one hole where the predominant colour of the flowers was pink
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 19, 2018, 07:20:01 AM
Morel Morchella esculenta.

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1988 to celebrate
The 200th Anniversary of the Linnean Society of London.
There are four stamps in the series depicting a swan, a fish, a water lily and this mushroom.

If you are like me and know nothing about mushrooms you can read about this one here.
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/trees-woods-and-wildlife/plants-and-fungi/fungi/morel/

Mushrooms, but not this one, are mentioned several times in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen issue number 7 for you to read
 GARDENING IN SOUTH- WEST FRANCE by C.R.Illingworth
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 20, 2018, 06:53:03 AM
Autumn colours

A stamp issued by Guernsey in 2016.
This SEPAC issue is a series of four stamps and named THE FOUR  SEASONS
This one is autumn.
SEPAC = SMALL EUROPEAN POSTAL ADMINISTATION COOPERATIONS
You can read about this organization here
https://www.sepacstamps.eu/

Apparently the photo was taken in Sausmarez Park in Guernsey.
Read all about the park here
 https://www.gov.gg/ParksandGardens

Unfortunately I dont know the name of the tree depicted.

Now to find an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN which would be ideal to go with a stamp from Guernsey, not a Mediterranean country, and autumn colours.

After a long interesting and complicated search I came across
SOME MAPLES [ ACER ]
SUITABLE FOR GARDEN USE
 IN MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATES
By Philip McMillan Browse.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 8, Spring 1997 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 21, 2018, 08:17:45 AM

Cryptocephalus coryli, Hazel Pot Beetle

The Royal Mail issued a 10 stamp series featuring ENDANGERED INSECTS of the UK in 2008

I will be posting a scan of the stamp and a scan of part of the information leaflet from the presentation pack. which was sent to me by my friend, Helen, in Scotland.
Since I dont have photos of insects I wont be adding any photos to these posts, however, anyone wanting to add their photos is very welcome.

This beetle seems to live only in the UK and some countries of Europe so maybe I shouldnt include it here
Since Melissa Hamilton is on a mission to inform us on how to attract wildlife to our gardens and balconies I will post it here.
Read GOING NATIVE: GARDEN DESIGN FOR WILDLIFE by Melissa Hamilton in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 85, July 2016

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 23, 2018, 06:44:15 AM
Ananas comosus -  Pineapple

Issued by  Gabon in 1962 this stamp depicts a pineapple

I bought a pineapple for photographic purposes then gave it to my little granddaughters. They had never eaten Pineapple before and the loved it.

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 69, July 2012, Jaime Ruiz tells us about gardening in  Mallorca

THE IDLE THIRD TERRACE:
TROPICAL EXPERIMENTS IN MALLORCA, PART 1
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 24, 2018, 07:28:40 AM
Petrea volubilis, Blue Petrea

Anguilla issued a four stamp series of stamps in 1970 named
FLOWERS OF THE LESSER ANTILLES 
All the stamps depicted are grown in Mediterranean gardens

I have a very poor photo of Petrea volubilis taken on Kitcheners island, Aswan.
Most of the group went to ride camels at the Nubian village but I asked to be taken to the island, which is a botanic garden, in the middle of the Nile. Others from the group liked the idea and came with us. We enjoyed the visit especially as it was an Egyptian National Holiday celebrating the beginning of spring   when all the locals were on holiday, skipping, playing games and a group of young women ululating 

Read   FAVOURITE CLIMBERS
 IN OUR GARDEN ON THE COSTA BLANCA by Carol Hawes.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 76, April 2014
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on November 24, 2018, 07:44:03 AM
Hilary, I first came across this plant in the Soller Botanical Garden on Mallorca when the MGS AGM was held on that island in 2011. A few years ago we found one in what I can only describe as an 'eccentric' nursery here in Cyprus and acquired a small plant. It is establishing extremely slowly and is a long way from achieving flowering size but we live in hope.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 24, 2018, 08:28:04 AM
Many thanks for the photo.

By the way, has it rained at all on Cyprus?





 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on November 24, 2018, 12:14:54 PM
Hilary, it has rained a bit up in the mountains, though not enough to do much more than freshen up the earth. Yesterday at our daughter's house, which is on the other side of Limassol about a half hour drive away and at a slightly higher altitude, they had a short, sharp shower that included a period of hail. Here where we are not a drop.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: JTh on November 24, 2018, 04:38:05 PM
I admired the Petrea volubilis at the same time and place as you, John, and it  is high on my wish list since then, but I suppose  it will just stay there; I don't think it will enjoy the  climate in Halkidiki (northern Greece).
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 25, 2018, 08:44:41 AM
Hoodia gordonii, Bushmans hat

A stamp issued by the Republique Du Cameroun in 1963

This plant grows naturally in Botswana, South Africa and Namibia
After it was falsely claimed that the plant had appetite suppressing properties it is now threatened by collectors and is an endangered species
You can read all about it here
http://pza.sanbi.org/hoodia-gordonii

There is no mention of this plant in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but there is a reference to it in this Forum
Go to CACTI AND SUCCULENTS  June 6th 2016 where Charithea has posted many photos from a visit to an exhibition by the Cyprus Cactus and Succulent Society.

I have lifted the photos of Hoodia gordonii for you to see
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 27, 2018, 08:38:23 AM
Tulipa gesneriana.

A stamp issued by San Marino in 1953. There are nine stamps in a series named FLOWERS.
I do love these brightly coloured stamps.

Not having a photo of a blue tulip I was looking round the house for something suitable and my eyes fell upon this tile we bought in Turkey several years ago. I dont know if you can say my eyes fell when the tile in question was on top of the kitchen cupboards.
In fact I cant remember buying the tile and was only sure it came from Turkey when we looked at the back!

Hybrid tulips are mentioned by Cali Doxiadis in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 69, July 2012 in DAISY PREJUDICE

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 28, 2018, 08:53:30 AM
Tyto alba, Barn Owl

A stamp, in a four stamp series, issued by the Royal Mail in 1986
The series is named    
NATURE CONSERVATION
 SPECIES AT RISK

Looking around the house for something showing an owl I remembered that my childrens school books always had an owl logo on the back and the letters
ΟΕΔΒ Οργανισμός Εκδόσεως Διδακτικών Βιβλίων meaning Organization for the Publishing of Educational Books. This organization started in 1937 under another name which changed to the above in the 1960s and was closed in 2012 when another organization took over the role.
The small owl, Athena noctua, accompanies the goddess Athena and is used as a symbol of knowledge and wisdom. Anyone visiting Greece or coming across a Greek 1 Euro coin will see image of the Owl of Athena   on the obverse side.

There are plenty of articles mentioning owls in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. I chose A ROOM WITH A VIEW
 by Louis Marcelin- Rice , an article I have been wanting to refer to, in this thread,  for a long time.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 46 October 2006
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 29, 2018, 08:50:45 AM
Camellia Showa-Ni-Sakae

A pale pink Camellia featured in a stamp issued by New Zealand in 1992. There are 6 stamps in the series.

I dont have a photo of this particular Camellia but looked for photos of the palest pink Camellia we had seen on our visit to the  Royal Botanic Garden, Madrid in the spring this year.
Camellia x williamsii Brigadoon
Who remembers the film Brigadoon?

Camellia Showa-Ni-Sakae is a sasanqua Camellia. What that means I dont actually know .However, sasanqua Camellia are mentioned, in a list, in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 19 Winter 2000.
PROBLEMS OF ACLIMATSATION: DROUGHT by  Piero Caneti
The article is illustrated by drawings by Freda Cox
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on November 30, 2018, 10:31:38 AM
Citrus sinensis, Orange

A stamp issued in a five stamp series in 1955
The series was named Queen Elizabeth II and included grapes, a copper pyrites mine, Troodos forest and carobs.

The photo is from Mystras, Peloponnese taken in late October when the oranges were not yet ripe. The castle of Mystras can be seen on the skyline.

Looking through the excellent index to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, the journal of The Mediterranean Garden Society, I am always pleased to come across an article which I havent recommended before. A citrus orchard is mentioned in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 87, January 2017.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016: THREE DAYS IN CORFU
 by Helena Wiesner

According to a footnote to this article there are some photos to accompany it. I have not been able to find them. The old archives end at issue number 85 and the new format begins at 93. I hope this is still a Work In Progress
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 01, 2018, 07:15:45 AM
Colchicum

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in a four stamp series.

Unfortunately dont have a photo of this flower but you can read about a purple Colchicum  here
 https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/45922/i-Colchicum-cilicicum-i-Purpureum/Details

Another article which I dont think I have referred to before is
WHATS IN A NAME by Joanna Millar
In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 20, April 2000.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Fermi on December 01, 2018, 11:56:16 PM
Hi Hilary,
here are a few colchicum in our garden
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 02, 2018, 07:35:31 AM
Thanks for the photos
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 02, 2018, 07:48:19 AM
Isopogon formosus subsp. dasylepis, Rose Coneflower

A stamp issued by Australia in 2015 in a four stamp Series named WILD FLOWERS There is plenty of information about this plant here
https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2004/isopogon-formosus.html

Rose Coneflower is not mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but as it grows in West Australia between Perth and Esperance, see the above link, I am pointing you to issue number 92, April 2018 for you to read
RIOT AND RESTRAINT A GARDEN IN FREEMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA by Margot Tobin
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Fermi on December 02, 2018, 02:35:16 PM
Hi Hilary,
I can assure you that this is a great genus for the Mediterranean garden - it grows in our garden in Central Victoria in a raised sand bed. This is a cultivar which we can grow but not the same as on the stamp!
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on December 02, 2018, 03:27:39 PM
Hilary, thank you for the website .  I found the information helpful.  Also thank you Fermi for your photos.  I liked them a lot and especially the colour  of the flowers.   Maybe it will grow here.  Now for the seeds.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Umbrian on December 03, 2018, 07:52:09 AM
I agree Charithea, that would be a lovely addition a Mediterranean garden - good luck with searching out some seeds.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 03, 2018, 08:19:38 AM
Thanks for the photos Fermi.
It looks to be a lovely flower
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - Isopogon seeds
Post by: Alisdair on December 03, 2018, 10:26:36 AM
Nindethana (https://www.nindethana.net.au/), an Australian firm, sells seed of several Isopogon species (and lots of other Australian plants), but for international orders your total order has to be at least 300 Australian dollars - nearly 200. Might be worth trying to put together a group order?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on December 04, 2018, 06:00:25 AM
Thank you Alisdair  for the information. I have already contacted my nephew who lives in Sydney and he is sending  me some  seeds. Maybe I will sell them on....
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 04, 2018, 08:18:59 AM
Canarina abyssinica

A stamp issued together with five other stamps by Kenya in 1983

I found some interesting information and photos of this plant here
https://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Canarina

Canarina canariensis features in an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 82, October 2015
In A WINTER  FLORAL SHOWPIECE  by Malcolm Faul

Those of you taking part in  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY excursion to the Canary Islands next February might even see this plant
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 05, 2018, 06:51:27 AM
Formica rufibarbis, Red-barbed Ant

The Royal Mail issued a 10 stamp series featuring ENDANGERED INSECTS of the UK in 2008
I will be posting a scan of the stamp and a scan of part of the information leaflet from the presentation pack.
The presentation pack was sent to me by my friend Helen in Scotland

Since I dont have photos of insects I wont be adding my photos to these posts
Anyone wanting to add their photos is very welcome

I found an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN devoted to ants by Grace Kiernan.
ANTS issue number 5, Summer 1996
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: JTh on December 05, 2018, 11:18:50 AM
While waiting for more photos from the MGS excursion to Tenerife next February, I  have a few photos of of Canarina canariensis from a trip this year:
:
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4899/31248273107_cede9860e3_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PBiyVr)
P3018573.jpg Canarina canariensis (https://flic.kr/p/PBiyVr) by Jorun Tharaldsen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46063510@N03/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4820/46136904212_ab7afac835_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dhXGeJ)
_2271244.jpg Canarina canariensis (https://flic.kr/p/2dhXGeJ) by Jorun Tharaldsen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46063510@N03/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4838/46187537131_cc8f1d1117_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dnrcD6)
P2288515.jpg Canarina canariensis (https://flic.kr/p/2dnrcD6) by Jorun Tharaldsen (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46063510@N03/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 05, 2018, 02:33:07 PM
Beautiful ,many thanks
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on December 05, 2018, 02:57:14 PM
Jorun , beautiful photos. I wish I could take good photos.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: JTh on December 05, 2018, 03:02:03 PM
Charithea, I wish I could make wonderful mosaics like you do
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 07, 2018, 08:13:32 AM
Clematis integrifolia

A stamp Issued by Bulgaria in 1966

There is plenty of information about this plant here
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=286121&isprofile=

This beautiful blue flowering plant is mentioned a couple of times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. Read in number 75 January 2014 on page 63
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY SEED SERVICE which is provided by Chantal Guiraud 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Fermi on December 07, 2018, 09:13:58 AM
Here is Clematis integrifolia in flower in our garden this spring
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps - Clematis integrifolia
Post by: Alisdair on December 07, 2018, 09:55:06 AM
Lovely, Fermi - there's usually seed of Clematis integrifolia in Chantal's seed exchange (free to MGS members).
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 07, 2018, 12:57:19 PM
Fermi
Many thanks for sharing the photos of the Clematis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 08, 2018, 06:55:48 AM
Dahlia Hybrid or as it is printed on the stamp Dahlia variabilis

Bulgaria issued an eight stamp series in 1966 named GARDEN FLOWERS

I dont have a photo of a plain red Dahlia so here is a photo of a red and white one which we saw in Kastori, Lakonia in October. The Dahlia plant was nearly swamped by the Chrysanthemums in the same bed

Theatrical Dahlias are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN ON BARNSTAPLE BAYby Tim Longville in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 44, April 2006
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 10, 2018, 07:01:32 AM
Euphorbia pulcherrima. Poinsettia

A stamp issued by NIUE in 1984 in a series of ten stamps named FLOWERS

Since I had no idea where NIUE was I looked it up. Wow looks good, read about this island here
https://www.niueisland.com/see-and-do/

The photo I am posting was taken in December 2016 of a Poinsettia long since deceased

Leonard Pearcey writes about Poinsettias in THE SUMMER OF THE SPIKE, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 33, July 2003
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 11, 2018, 08:14:50 AM
Ilex, Holly

A stamp issued by Guernsey in a four stamp series, I have all four, in 1978

The photo was taken in November 2017 in one of the Zagorochoria of Epirus, probably in Elati.

Holly is mentioned several times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, there are so many articles I want to re-read. Today I chose to share with you
 COLOUR AND RARE FLOWERS FOR WINTER    by Lynne Chatterton
in issue number 36, April 2004.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 12, 2018, 07:50:54 AM
Felis silvestris, wild cat

The Royal Mail issued a four stamp series name SPECIES AT RISK featuring wild animals of the UK in 1986

There are plenty of cats raiding the rubbish bins in Corinth which I could have snapped but I did like this photo sent to me of Foxy supervising the decorating of the Christmas tree

Domesticated cats are mentioned in  many issues of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I am pointing you to number 29, July 2002 to read
FAUNA by Yve Menzies
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 13, 2018, 07:20:37 AM
Christmas tree

A stamp issued for Christmas by Jersey in a three stamp series

The photo was taken in Elati Epirus in November 2017. I rather think this tree was in a garden

I didnt imagine I would find a reference to Christmas trees in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but there you are, surprises do happen.
Go to issue number 94, October 2018 and read
 A NATIVE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN by Heidi Gildemeister
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 14, 2018, 06:48:53 AM
Ivy, Hedera

A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1980 in a five stamp series of Christmas stamps
The stamps were designed by Jeffery Matthews

The photo is of ivy trailing over a stone wall in Mystras
Ivy seems to be a useful plant for covering fences and walls

This plant is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 66, October 2011
 THE GARDEN OF MAS FLORIS CARTALONIA by Anda Wayland
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 15, 2018, 08:45:37 AM
Christmas rose, Hellebore niger

A stamp issued by Guernsey in 1978

Christmas roses do not feature in Greek Christmas customs or seasonal decorations. I was lucky enough to remember a plate someone gave me years ago which depicts Poinsettia and Christmas roses. Since I couldnt decide which of the photos I took of the plate I decided to post both of them

 I was rather obsessed with this flower when we were planting the garden of the new house in the north east of England, in the 1960s I desperately wanted Christmas roses and persuaded my father to buy some. Of course he was right they did not do well in our garden and I dont think they ever produced a flower.

There are many references to Hellebores, if not this one specifically, in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETYs journal. I picked three from the long list of references to Hellebores in the index, and the three articles I skimmed, all equally interesting, happened to be about Australian gardens.
Read SANCTUARY by Mary Graham in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 90, October 2017
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on December 15, 2018, 09:55:39 AM
Very colourful Hilary.  I like 'Christmas rose', too and we planted one in our tiny garden when we were living in Walthamstow  and it flowered Once.   We planted Helleboresfrom Greece here in Cyprus 3 years ago and they  did not survive the heat.  Ivy does not thrive here either.  We had one for a few years until it decided to died too.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 16, 2018, 07:13:27 AM
Mistletoe

A stamp issued by Guernsey for the Christmas holiday season in 1978 in a four stamp series designed by Jeffery Matthews

Mistletoe does not seem to feature in Greek seasonal decoration although when I first arrived in Greece there was always talk of ΟΥ, Holly and ΓΚΙ, mistletoe  at Christmas time. When I asked one of my friends in England if she had a photo of mistletoe in her archives she wrote back saying No, take a photo of some plastic mistletoe
Well plastic mistletoe being nonexistent in Corinth I did the next best thing and knitted some. What do you think? Does it look like mistletoe? Should I knit more with a different colour green and pearly beads or give up the idea of knitted mistletoe?

Mistletoe is mentioned as growing in the forest on Parnitha, one of the mountains surrounding Athens, in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 75, January 2014.
Read THE 2013 AGM: ATTICA by Valerie Whittington
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on December 16, 2018, 08:02:20 AM
Hello Hilary. What a champion you are. I think green and pearls would look more festive!!!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 17, 2018, 08:34:47 AM
Solanum

A stamp designed by Jeffery Matthews and issued by Guernsey in 1978

I think many of us have heard about THE HOLLY AND THE IVY but never THE HOLLY AND THE SOLANUM. When did solanum become a winter decoration? In olden times people went out into the woods to collect greenery and berries to decorate their houses in these dark winter days around the winter solstice. I dont imagine there was any solanum around to collect in the northern hemisphere. Well with that little rant over I must say the red berries do look cheerful

The photo was taken in a friends garden this summer and the plant was identified by this Forum as Capsicum frutescens, Wiri Wiri

 Now to find a reference in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN. I couldnt find a reference in the journal to this solanum, I didnt look too hard, as I think this particular one, used for winter decoration is a house plant. Go to issue number 15 to read
 ON THE SUBJECT OF BOTANICAL NAMES  by Pierre Cuche  where the name of Solanum  mauritianum is discussed.

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 18, 2018, 07:07:32 AM
Dove

Australia issued a set of three stamps for Christmas in 2015. Two of the stamps depict Doves

Looking around the house I found any amount of doves here and there.
This tiny brass dove, about the size of a   walnut, sits on the spice rack.

Doves are mentioned occasionally in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
 For you to read today I chose 
A CALIFORNIAN AT SPAROZA by Lucas Carlow
 in number 97, January 2017
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 19, 2018, 08:15:17 AM
Metrosideros fulgens, RATA, The New Zealand Christmas Tree

A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1960

I found this link a while ago which explains the difference between Metrosideros fulgens, RATA and Metrosideros excelsa , POHUTUKAWA

https://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/about-doc/concessions-and-permits/conservation-revealed/rata-pohutukawa-lowres.pdf

Browsing through THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 13, Summer 1998
I came across an article devoted to POHUTUKAWA: METROSIDEROS EXCELSA
By Hamish Warren
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 20, 2018, 08:02:01 AM
Euphorbia pulcherrima, Poinsettia

This stamp was issued by Bermuda in 1970. There are 17 stamps in the series named FLOWERS

At this time of year there are Poinsettias for sale in all the flower shops and this is one we had in our home in December 2016. So far I have resisted buying one this year.

Poinsettias are mentioned in several issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and today I have chosen number 89, July 2017 for you to read
RETIREMENT WHAT IS THAT EXACTLY? By John Joynes where he mentions replacement plants for dead and dying pelargoniums, poinsettias etc.   which were growing in containers in public areas of his village
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on December 20, 2018, 08:33:16 AM
Hilary, we too always resist buying a Poinsettia at this time of year. This is partly due to a visit I paid many years ago to a wholesale nursery in UK that produced thousands of these plants for sale at Christmas. They fed them a growth retardant in an effort to keep them all the same size for shipping off to the retailers. Once they no longer received this, and had been sold on to the public they obviously reverted to normal and began to grow leggy and less attractive. After the festivities were over many found their way to the trash or the compost heap.
One of the other things about this nursery that I found interesting was the staff they recruited to do the everyday watering of the plants. Each of thousands of pots had to be watered individually and by hand. This task was carried out by a team of workers, all of whom suffered from General Learning Disabilities. They were taught how much water to give to each pot while at the same time inspecting the plant for any signs that it may not be growing correctly, in which case they pointed it out to a supervisor. This raised certain points about whether or not this was a case of exploitation. These people, who many considered to be unemployable, had a job and were paid the going rate for it, a job that was so repetitive and boring that no-one else wanted it. It gave them a purpose, they had somewhere to go each day instead of being at home with nothing to do. They could interact with others. They were contributing to the family income. As I said this was many years ago and I have no idea if this nursery still exists or still follows the same employment principal in these days of Political Correctness, etc.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 21, 2018, 07:14:29 AM
Mistletoe

A stamp designed by Jeffery Matthews and issued by the Royal Mail in 1980

After my last desperate attempt at knitting mistletoe, which has now caused an intercontinental discussion about the colour of the yarn I used, it is olive green but the photo makes it look pale blue. I quickly knitted some more in lime green. I hope the new edition meets your expectations 
 
To learn where you can see some mistletoe go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 53, July 2008 and read EMBRACING MEDITERRANEAN FLORA IN VITERBO by Helene Pizzi
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on December 21, 2018, 09:15:10 AM
Wow, what a brilliant match (and I'm glad you couldn't match the colour exactly - I don't think mistletoe really could claim to be much of an inspiration for good wool colours, as surely it's a bit on the sickly side in real life)
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on December 21, 2018, 11:02:09 AM
Bravo Hilary. It certainly looks festive. I like it very much but I am not getting my knitting needles out.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 22, 2018, 07:10:06 AM
Christmas tree issued by the Royal Mail in 1980
There are five stamps in the series

Since I was running out of photos of Christmas trees in the wild we went to the local plant nursery where they were selling a few cut trees

I have no idea which fir tree this is but I thought you might like to read about a hillside garden near Athens
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 88, April 2017
KAISARIANI AND THE FILODASSIKI BOTANICAL GARDEN  by Jennifer Gay
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on December 23, 2018, 06:48:03 AM
Holly, Ilex

This Pictorial Faststamps series named BRITISH FLORA, WINTER GREENERY was issued in 2014 BY THE Royal Mail .

 Apparently these stamps are obtained from a self-service machine in the UK thus missing out on the Greek experience of sitting in an overheated Greek Post Office waiting for your number to turn up. An opportunity to meet long lost friends and acquaintances and catch up on the news, usually how many grandchildren they have and if their children are lucky enough to have a job.

The photo was taken at Tsepelovo, Epirus in November 2017. I have never seen such a large Holly bush and so many berries. I wonder if there are no Holly berry eating birds in Epirus 

To read the account of the AGM of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY, PALERMO SICILY go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 23, January 2001 by Yvette Varvaressou. Holly is mentioned

I hope you all enjoy the holiday season and that the weather is good enough to enjoy your  gardens or get out into the countryside
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on December 23, 2018, 01:13:10 PM
Hilary your description of life in a Greek Post Office is very similar to ours. I have to go to town to post cards/letters in the main post office where  the Citizens Advice Bureue is also housed. The two times I paid a visit this month  to send my cards, I acted as an interpreter/translator for foreign workers sending parcels home.  Most of them know basic Greek and English but can not cope with the written word.  The postal workers are too busy to assist so I was the scribe for them.  In this fashion the waiting didn't seem long. I also got stamps which depicted the Cyprus flora. Merry Christmas to all the Forum Readers.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 04, 2019, 08:48:57 AM
Anigozanthos manglesii

This stamp was issued in 1962 by Australia to commemorate the
 7th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Games.

This time I have a photo of an Anigozanthos taken one September in the RHS Garden Hyde Hall. This plant, a native of Australia, was growing in the Dry Garden 

Anigozanthos manglesii
is mentioned in passing in
GOOD SERVANT: BAD MASTER by Alec Cobb
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 58, October 2009

There is a photo of this plant, which only grows naturally in Western Australia, in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY website Branches/ Western Australia
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 05, 2019, 07:33:37 AM
Eryngium pinnatifidum, Blue Devil

One more stamp from Australia issued in 2015
Again no photo. There are some photos and information here

https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/6219

I have noted that there are 44 issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  containing  articles about Australia but I can't tell which ones are about West Australia. As I suspect there is only one about this area and  which I have already used I  am pointing you to number 23 January 2001  to read

A MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE GARDEN FOR THE ADELAIDE BOTANIC GARDEN by John Sandham
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 06, 2019, 06:55:47 AM
Swainsona formosa, Sturts Desert Pea

A stamp issued in a six stamp series by Australia in 1968

You can read about this plant and see some photos here
https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2011/swainsona-formosa.html

For you lucky members of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY you can read PROPAGATING AUSTRALIAN PLANTS by Jeff Irons in number 2 of  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on January 06, 2019, 08:43:05 AM
The nearest I've come to this amazing plant is via a bookmark that was given to me by an Australian lady who was visiting her friend here in Cyprus. Her visit coincided with a Branch trip that I had arranged to Greece, and Sparoza, and she joined us on that. The bookmark uses the synonym Clianthus formosus.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on January 06, 2019, 09:51:02 AM
John, we saw this one in the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, during the 2012 MGS meeting in South Australia. I got seeds and tried to grow them under glass in the UK, giving them appropriate heat, but though they reached a decent size there simple wasn't enough light to bring them into flower, and the heat (we heated to 10 deg C) wasn't enough to keep them going through the winter in the hope of getting this annual to flower in the following May. I think in the Med there would be hope of flowering them outdoors in Israel and perhaps at low altitudes in Cyprus, but probably not even in Greece, let alone Italy or France or Spain.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 06, 2019, 10:18:05 AM
Great photo Alisdair.
 John I like the way you could find the book mark!
I have several flowery bookmarks, but where are they?
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on January 06, 2019, 03:45:21 PM
Second nature, Hilary, ex-Admin by training and occupation, 'a place for everything and everything in its place'. Although I must confess that things have begun to get a bit lax as I've grown older, my desk is slowly disappearing under a pile of paperwork!  :-[
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 08, 2019, 08:35:29 AM
Haemanthus magnificus

A stamp issued by Swaziland in 1980

There are seven stamps in the series of which I have this one
Here is a link to the Kruger National Park for you to read about this plant
http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_blood-lily.html

Read about close relatives to this interesting plant in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN 
Number 85 July 2016
THE HAEMANTHUS/SCADOXUS CLAN by Caroline Davies
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 09, 2019, 08:36:41 AM
WHITE GARDEN LILY, LIS BLANCHE DE JARDIN

Canada issued a series of thirteen stamps in 1964 depicting, together with the coat of arms, the official floral emblem of each province. I have nine of these stamps

I quote from this interesting website
https://www.canadianpostagestamps.ca/series/1258/floral-emblems

Stamps bearing the provincial armorial bearings and floral emblems of all ten provinces plus the Yukon and Northwest Territories were issued in the order in which they entered the Confederation

This is the third in the series, represents Quebec and depicts a white lily but there is no information about its Latin name.

To read about Lilium candidum go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 84, April 2016 and read
 A JOURNEY NORTH: LOOKING FOR PLANTS IN ISRAEL by Jack Clutterbuck   


Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on January 10, 2019, 01:59:34 PM
Thank you again Hilary for the stamps and all the information that goes with them. I am always learning something new.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 10, 2019, 02:35:28 PM
Aloe africana

The Republique Rwandaise issued an eight stamp series in 1969 with the title 
AFRICAN MEDICINAL HERBS AND AFRICAN PLANTS
At the top of the stamp it writes
SECHERESSE SOLIDARITE AFRICAINE
Which seems to mean African Solidarity against Drought
 
There is a section in the plant galleries of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY website devoted to Aloes which Andrew Sloan grows and has photographed. Aloe africana is one of the plants in the gallery.

There is also a link to an article which is in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 86, October 2016
GROWING ALOES IN OUR SUCCULENT GARDEN by Andrew Sloan
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 13, 2019, 07:58:21 AM
Viola cucullata, PURPLE VIOLET, VIOLETTE CUCULLEE

Canada issued a series of thirteen stamps in 1964 depicting, together with the coat of arms, the official floral emblem of each province. I have nine of these stamps

I quote from this interesting website
https://www.canadianpostagestamps.ca/stamps/15733/purple-violet-new-brunswick-1965-canada-postage-stamp-floral-emblems

Stamps bearing the provincial armorial bearings and floral emblems of all ten provinces plus the Yukon and Northwest Territories were issued in the order in which they entered the Confederation

This is the fifth in the series and represents New Brunswick. 

There are many references to Violets in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, not this one in particular, but violets which do well in the Mediterranean climate under trees and bushes
Read A NATIVE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN by HEIDI Gildemeister in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 94, October 2018.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 14, 2019, 08:26:06 AM
Ipomoea Morning Glory

Anguilla issued a four stamp series of stamps in 1970 named
FLOWERS OF THE LESSER ANTILLES 
All the stamps depicted are grown in Mediterranean gardens

There are many Morning Glory plants in Corinth covering untidy fences and broken down walls. Here are a couple of photos.

I discovered a reference to Ipomoea in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 90, October 2017 [an issue I need to read again].
THUNBERGIA  ALATA by Peter Dinning
 
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on January 14, 2019, 08:10:10 PM
They are very common here too Hilary but don't they have a beautiful colour!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 15, 2019, 07:11:08 AM
Rebutia spegazziniana

A stamp issued by Tanzania in a seven stamp series named CACTI

Although this cactus is not mentioned specifically in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN .cacti in general are mentioned in about half of the issues. I imagine most Mediterranean gardens have a small corner or table devoted to cacti.

Today I chose THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 24, April 2001 before realized it was a short article I had written about a cactus on our balcony. In the end this particular cactus keeled over and died. I had not planted any of the babies it produced so regularly. I think I had just got tired of having to move it every time a small child came to visit
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 16, 2019, 07:10:47 AM
Lagerstroemia indica, Crape myrtle

A stamp issued by Indonesia, in a four stamp series, in 1965,

This plant seems to like the Greek climate as it is quite common in gardens and pavements, especially in Sparta where the climate is cooler and damper than the climate we experience here in Corinth. Looking through my diaries I discovered that both photos were taken in Sparta, the flowers and bee in August 2012 and the red leaves in November 2011.

There are many references to Lagerstroemia in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, I am pointing you to the October 2018 issues, number 94 for you to read
 RHS PLANT TRIALS by Sabatino Urzo
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 17, 2019, 06:59:43 AM
Pulsatilla ludoviciana, PRAIRIE CROCUS, ANEMONE PULSATILLE 

Canada issued a series of thirteen stamps in 1964 depicting, together with the coat of arms, the official floral emblem of each province. I have nine of these stamps
I quote from this interesting website
https://www.canadianpostagestamps.ca/stamps/15734/prairie-crocus-manitoba-1965-canada-postage-stamp-floral-emblems
Quote
Stamps bearing the provincial armorial bearings and floral emblems of all ten provinces plus the Yukon and Northwest Territories were issued in the order in which they entered the Confederation

This is the sixth in the series and represents Manitoba.
 
The photo is of Pulsatilla rubra seen in the Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid last spring.

Pulsatilla vulgaris in mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 42, October 2005 in MOVING HOUSE  by Freda Cox
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on January 17, 2019, 10:26:09 AM
Lovely flowers with such beautiful foliage Hilary.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 17, 2019, 12:24:14 PM
Yes, but they are mentioned only once in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and that as  growing in a UK garden
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 18, 2019, 07:15:13 AM
Bougainvillea

Singapore issued a four stamp series in 1980 and, guess what, I have all four

There are many Bougainvillea plants around Corinth in pots on balconies and in gardens. On the contrary in Sparta they are very difficult to grow and can be counted on one hand.
This plant was snapped one May in Corinth 

I had a large number of issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN to choose from today as there is hardly one without a reference to Bougainvillea and I do like to refer to an article you haven't read or reread yet

I chose number 47 January 2007 for you to read
THE BOTANIC GARDENS OF CAIXA DE GERONA, SPAIN by David Bracey


Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 24, 2019, 07:18:54 AM
Cornus nuttalli. CORNOUILLER DU PACIFIQUE, Dogwood

Canada issued a series of thirteen stamps in 1964 depicting, together with the armorial bearings, the official floral emblems of each province. I have nine of these stamps
I quote from this interesting website
https://www.canadianpostagestamps.ca/series/1258/floral-emblems

Quote
Stamps bearing the provincial armorial bearings and floral emblems of all ten provinces plus the Yukon and Northwest Territories were issued in the order in which they entered the Confederation

This stamp represents British Columbia and Dogwood is the official flower of that province
Cornus is mentioned in many issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and I have chosen number 39, January 2005 for you to read
 A WINTER GARDEN by Marjorie Holmes
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 25, 2019, 07:08:59 AM
Iris Ideal

Guernsey issued this daily stamp in 1994.

I am afraid I have no more information about the name of the plant or why it is called a daily stamp

I took a short cut through the National Gardens a couple of days ago and was lucky enough to find a few Irises in bloom  so i am sharing a photo of one of them with you

John Rendall mentions irises in his article NATURES SURPRISES in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  number 58, October 2009
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 26, 2019, 06:51:51 AM
Canna coccinea

 A stamp issued in a four stamp series by St. Christopher -  Nevis -  Anguilla, three islands in the Caribbean, in 1979.

You can see many photos of this plant here
http://www.plantsinusa.com/show/plant/Canna-Coccinea/16237

Cannas are mentioned in several issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN so I chose number 75, January 2014 at random for you to read
THE 2013 AGM: ATTICA by Valerie Whittington
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 28, 2019, 06:58:05 AM
Grass
South Africa issued this stamp, depicting a bowling green, in 1976 to celebrate the
WORLD BOWLS CHAMPIONSHIPS which took place in Johannesburg

I went out to look for some grass in Corinth to snap, even though there is no way you could play bowls on the grass, I found it was a bright green after all the rain we have been having.

There are plenty of references to lawns in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN,
although I believe they are to be avoided at all costs. Go to issue number 83, January 2016 to read THE RUNWAY by Peter Dinning where lawns and lawn mowers are mentioned
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on January 30, 2019, 10:01:09 AM
Gymnobelideus leadbeateri, Leadbeaters Possum

A stamp issued by Australia in 1996. There are four stamps in the series named Flora and Fauna

This animal is on the RED LIST and you can read about it here.
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/9564/21959976

I am glad to say that the first THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN which I opened to look for a reference to Possums was about trees in Australia and the wildlife which live in them
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN  number 83, January 2016
TREES IN BRISBANE by Jan Flanigan
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 01, 2019, 08:57:29 AM
Punica granatum, Pomegranate

A stamp issued by Bermuda in 1994
There are five stamps in the series all depicting the flowers and fruits of the trees.

The photos were all taken in Sparta; the one with the flowers and the bees was in 2011 in Sparta and the fruit 2018.
We were impressed at how bright and red the fruit was in the sun.

I was pleased to find that the first copy of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I opened to read a reference to pomegranates was in an article I have not mentioned before.
A GARDEN IN JERUSALEM, PART 1 by Katherine Greenberg 
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 20, April 2000

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 02, 2019, 08:22:09 AM
Ruellia tuberosa, Minnieroot

 A stamp issued in a four stamp series by St. Christopher -  Nevis -  Anguilla, three islands in the West Indies, in 1979

I don't have a photo of this particular plant but do have a photo of Ruellia brittoniana, Purple Shower which must be related to it.

Ruellia simplex is mentioned in a few issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, and I point you to number 90, October 2017 for you to read
COMPROMISES by Caroline Harbouri 

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on February 07, 2019, 12:04:56 PM
Finally my Isopogon seeds have arrived from Australia .  In the envelope there were Isopogon  divergens, dubius, petiolaris and trilobus and 2 smoke papers postage and Packing cost 49.50 Australian dollars.  I am posting a photo of the packets.  I will let you all know how they seeds do.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 07, 2019, 11:00:09 PM
How exciting
I don't usually plant seeds but I did in October  and look at the pots every  day.
What a thrill when the first sign of green shows up

I , for one, will be following your Australian plant adventure
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on February 08, 2019, 07:06:54 AM
Hi Hilary. I too check the seeds  and cuttings daily and love seeing them growing. I try to rescue them from the weeds which are growing fast due to plenty of rain and occasional sunshine. I will post photos when the Australian seeds get going.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 14, 2019, 07:17:18 AM
Rosa hybrid.

A red rose for Saint Valentine's day

In 1981 Israel issued a three stamp series named ROSES

The photo was taken in Sparta

As you can imagine there is hardly an issue on THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN without a reference to roses
Today I am pointing you to number 94, October 2018 to read
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY EXCURSION TO LAZIO AND UMBRIA 2018:
A PURELY PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
 By John Joynes
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/lazio.html
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Charithea on February 14, 2019, 12:22:58 PM
Thank you for the Saint Valentine rose also to you David.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 17, 2019, 11:33:04 AM
Dryas octopetala , Mountain avens  DRYADE A  FEUILLE ENTIERE       

Canada issued a series of thirteen stamps in 1964 depicting, together with the armorial bearings, the official floral emblems of each province. I have nine of these stamps
This website tells you about the stamp and the flower which is the floral emblem of THE Northwest Territories

https://postagestampguide.com/stamps/15741/mountain-avens-northwest-territories-1966-canada-postage-stamp-floral-emblems
This other link tells of where in the world this plant is found
https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/dryas_octopetala.shtml

This plant gets a mention in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 57 July 2009
Read MOUNT STEWART   by Melanie Peterson 

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 19, 2019, 07:22:21 AM
Galanthus nivalis and Primula veris

A stamp issued together with another three by Romania in 1956.

Looking through my archives I came across photos of both plants.
The Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, was one the one and only Snowdrop I have ever managed to grow.
The photo of the Cowslips, Primula veris, was sent to me by a friend who snapped them near Pitlochry, in Scotland,

Both these plants are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 82, October 2015
Galanthus nivalis in
SOME MUST HAVE BULBOUS PLANTS FOR MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS by Oron Peri
Primula veris in a list of plants seen in
EPIRUS-THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY TRIP, MAY 2015 by John Joynes

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 21, 2019, 08:37:43 AM
Acacia melanoxylon, Blackwood Wattle.

Another stamp from the four stamp series issued by Australia in 1996.

There used to be one of these trees in the backyard of the block of flats but it succumbed to the cars parked near it, the boys playing football or it just didn't like the place where it was planted. Unfortunately I never took a photo of it. In its place someone planted an apricot stone which has now grown into a good sized tree. 

Acacia melanoxylon is mentioned in FIRE AND THE AUSTRALIAN GARDEN by Meral Cleary.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 51 January 2008
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 24, 2019, 07:35:48 AM
Allamanda

A stamp issued by Singapore in 1980
 
I have a rather fuzzy photo of an Allamanda bush, taken in the Lucca Botanic Garden in October 2003, which I have used with a stamp from Cuba featuring this plant.

Allamanda  is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 34, October 2003 in NERIUM OLEANDER, OF THE PLANT FAMILY APOCYNACEAE  by Irmtraud Gotsis
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 27, 2019, 08:32:46 AM
Faucaria tigrina 

In 1988 South Africa issued a series of stamps, named SUCCULENTS, and designed by Hein Botha.

I wrote the following a while ago
There are 15 stamps in all and I have 14 of them. To have 14 stamps of a 15 stamp series must have taken some care and planning by the person writing to me.
Now I have acquired the 15th stamp

You can read all you want to know about this plant here
http://pza.sanbi.org/faucaria-tigrina

Succulents in general are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN quite a few times 
I have chosen TMG number 71, January 2013,
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDEN by Margaret Johnston for you to read
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on February 27, 2019, 08:58:00 AM
Congratulations on completing that set, Hilary!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on February 28, 2019, 07:05:03 AM
Thunbergia grandiflora, Sky Vine

A stamp issued by Singapore in 1980
Usually the stamps have the Latin name printed on them  but this one just says Sky Vine which could be anything.

I have a photo of Thunbergia erecta taken at the Eden Project, Cornwall in September 2005

Thunbergia grandiflora is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 89, July 2017 in.
A VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA. PART 2 :
PRIVATE AND COMMUNITY GARDENS
By Valerie Whittington

As an added bonus I recommend that you read
THUNBERGIA ALATA  by Peter Dinning in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number  90, October 2017
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 01, 2019, 07:31:05 AM
Lobelia erinus, Garden Lobelia

This stamp was issued by Iceland in 2002.
The two stamp series was named SUMMER FLOWERS

I came across the photo by accident, while looking for something else, on my computer.
 It was sent to me in 2015 by my friend who lives in Leeds, U.K.

Lobelia erinus is mentioned in A GARDEN IN NORTH DEVON by Polly Morris
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 33 July 2003

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 02, 2019, 08:22:41 AM
Hyacinthus orientalis, Hyacinth

A stamp issued by Israel in 2003

As luck would have it, I took a photo of this plant last year in the Royal Botanic Garden, Madrid.

Hyacinthus orientalis is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 27, January 2002 in an article by Duncan Graham
DE ODORATO
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 04, 2019, 09:01:06 AM
Gazania krebsiana

One of four stamps issued by Bophuthatswana in 1987

I took the photo of the yellow Gazania one June at the rest stop near Tripolis on our way back from Sparta

Gazanias are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I am pointing you to  number 60, April 2010
THE WEST FACING PLANTING AT SPAROZA by Sally Razelou
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Alisdair on March 04, 2019, 09:14:04 AM
 That sent me off hunting down some information about a "country" I'm pretty sure I'd not heard of before, Hilary! Very interesting....
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: John J on March 04, 2019, 10:58:47 AM
I'm with you, Alisdair, it was a new one to me too. However, I do like their motto that translates as; "If we stand together and work hard we will be blessed with rain". Possibly a lot of other countries could adopt it as well!
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 04, 2019, 11:27:28 AM
I am so glad you looked it up.
One of my friends told me I had made a mistake !

Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 05, 2019, 08:40:48 AM
Eryngium maritimum, Sea Holly

A stamp issued by Germany in 1963, there are four stamps in this series.

Sea Holly grows in sandy places near the sea. We saw it at the edge of a beautiful white pebbly beach at Maroneia, Rodopi.
The photos are of the beach and the Sea Holly growing at the edge.

Eryngium maritimum is mentioned in several issues of
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I chose number 21, July 2000 for you to read
WINDBREAK HEDGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: PART 1 by Piero Caneti
Eryngium maritimum is in a list of plants to  use to stabilize sand banks
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Caroline on March 05, 2019, 09:32:57 PM
Ah yes, Bophutatswana was one of the bantustans set up in the days of apartheid. Not recognised by any other government, and nothing more than a glorified  - and poverty-stricken - reservation on which the"problem" was out of sight. I didn't know that they actually issued stamps, though.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 05, 2019, 10:47:36 PM
I have just had a quick look at the catalog Bophuthatswana appears to have issued stamps from December 1977 up to Easter 1994
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 06, 2019, 08:23:40 AM
Muscardinus avellanarius, Common Dormouse

This stamp was issued by the Royal Mail in a 6 stamp series, named Endangered Species, in 1998.

I have never seen a Dormouse but I know there was one at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. I quote

 
Quote
There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talking over its head

Now, a few weeks after I wrote the above  I found the same quotation in the presentation pack. There is also  more information about the Dormouse in the presentation pack which I had neglected to read


Looking in the index to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I came across one reference to a dormouse in
 BRAC: A STONY ISLAND by Julie-Amadea Pluriel
However the Dormouse mentioned in this article is Glis glis, the Edible Dormouse 
Journal number 83, January 2016.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 07, 2019, 07:04:25 AM
Leontopodium alpinum , Edelweiss

A stamp issued by Romania in an eight stamp series in 1957
 NAMED CARPATHIAN MOUNTAIN FLORA.

I think I have used all the postcards etc. which I possess which depict the Edelweiss so no photo today.

Edelweiss is mentioned a couple of times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but both times as living in colder climes to the one we are dealing with here.
However, I am sure you are all waiting to hear what you are to read today so go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 44 April 2006, page 66 where John Joynes writes about Cyprus endemics

 and number 73, July 2013 where Renate Schaeffer Low writes
 HOW I CAME TO LOVE GARDENING

Both articles mention Edelweiss in passing
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 08, 2019, 06:20:49 AM
Musa acuminata

A stamp issued along with another eight, all depicting edible fruit, by the
 REPUBLIQUE  FEDERALE  DU CAMEROUN  in 1967.

Apparently this banana is native to south east Asia but is the banana we all eat today

a tall crowd of Musa or banana plants is mentioned by Virginia Scaretti in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
number 55 ,January 2009 in A HANDSOME TOWN GARDEN IN ROME
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 13, 2019, 08:24:50 AM
Gryllus campestris, Field Cricket

The Royal Mail issued a 10 stamp series featuring ENDANGERED INSECTS of the UK in 2008

I ll be posting a scan of the stamp and a scan of part of the information leaflet from the presentation pack, which was sent to me  by my friend Helen in Scotland.

Since I don't have photos of insects I won't be adding my photos to these posts
Anyone wanting to add their photos is very welcome

Looking through one of the files/scrapbooks  I made years ago with souvenirs of Greece, postcards, old Easter cards, leaflets. stamps and pressed flowers, I came across this card depicting wild flowers of Greece and a  cricket.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 13, 2019, 08:47:21 AM
I have just realized that I hadn't finished the blurb I wrote about the cricket. I usually find a reference to the subject of the post in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but this time I forgot. As far as I can see there are many references to insects good or bad, beneficial or dangerous, in the journal but none about crickets.

What is more I have no idea if crickets are regarded as beneficial or dangerous
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 14, 2019, 07:12:41 AM
Lavandula veris, Lavandula angustifolia, Lavender

A stamp issued by Yugoslavia in 1959 in a nine stamp series named
 LOCAL FLORA.

The photo was taken of mass planting of Lavender at Mare West, a shopping Mall outside Corinth.

Just to remind you of the children's nursery rhyme this scan is from my children's Nursery Rhyme book which was already second hand when we got it in the 1960s   

Lavandula is mentioned in Freda Coxs article about pests in the garden
GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY? In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
number 92, October 2018
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 14, 2019, 07:24:24 AM
Correction
The article GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY   by Freda Cox is in the journal of October 2018, number 94
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 15, 2019, 07:00:58 AM
Malus domestica

New Zealand issued this stamp in 1968   in a series named
LOCAL MOTIFS- EXPORTS
This stamp depicts an apple and an apple orchard.

Recently we were given a few apples by a farmer so I immediately polished them and took their photo, and then I remembered a photo a friend once sent me of an apple orchard in blossom in a village named Manna [Markesi] in Orini Korinthia. Now the stamp, photo of the apples and photo of the orchard all come together.

P.S. Markesi is a Turkish word and means the eyebrows of Maria. It is thought the village took its name from the silhouette of the mountains near the village
 
Malus is mentioned in several issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today read all about PHYTOPHTHORA by Jennifer Gay in number 76, April 2014.
Malus is in a list of plants commonly affected by this disease
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 17, 2019, 06:47:29 AM
Tagetes patula, French Marigold

This self-adhesive stamp along with another one was issued by Belgium in 2008

The photo is of French Marigolds and Verbena at the Monastery of Molivdoskepasti, on the border of Greece with Albania, in November 2017. 

Tagetes patula are mentioned by Frances Shaw in the article OLD WAYS in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 80, April 2015.
Title: Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
Post by: Hilary on March 27, 2019, 06:42:08 AM
Prunus domestica, Plum tree

 This stamp was issued by Lebanon in 1962

Although I have never seen a yellow plum I thought I would post the photo of the stamp today.

One of my friends planted seeds and stones from various fruit trees in 2004 to celebrate the Olympic Games which were held in Greece that year.

The stone from a plum sprouted and now is a tall tree providing a large quantity of fruit every year.

As requested my friend took photos of the tree in blossom, in mid-March, and even caught a bee visiting one of the flowers

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 42, October 2005 Prunus trees are mentioned in THE LOST WORLD OF THE VILLA LOU SUEIL
 by Kathryn Bradley-Hole