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Thanks, Fermi - it looks from the photo and another she sent me as if there are quite a lot of normal Echiums dotted about there too. It's apparently in West Portugal (where E. plantagineum among other species can be found), and I've passed the information on to Pauline.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on Today at 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
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Plant identification / Re: An oddity
« Last post by Hinterland1 on May 25, 2018, 04:07:28 PM »
I think Fermi hit it spot on, a fasciated Echium plantagineum possibly. See this: http://floraofgibraltar.myspecies.info/file-colorboxed/3011
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last 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

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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on May 25, 2018, 01:31:17 PM »
Looks good
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Plant identification / Re: An oddity
« Last post by Fermi on May 25, 2018, 08:44:09 AM »
A Triffid!!!
Or possibly a fasciated Echium, "Viper's Bugloss"
cheers
fermi
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Pauline Flesseman sent this picture to our MGS facebook page, asking if it was some sort of mutation. I've never seen anything like it. Can anyone identify it for her, please?
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plant of the Day
« Last post by David Dickinson on May 24, 2018, 10:04:31 AM »
Hi Alisdair and Umbrian

Early winter was mild and not too wet. Just before the extreme cold of February there had been a lot of rain, which probably accounts for why the succulents suffered so much for the second winter running. I do water in the summer but the plant is not such a big drinker as it might appear. I never water anything during the winter months. Spring and autumn in Rome usually have enough rainfall  though October is usually dry. Much drier than September some years.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last 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.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last 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.
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