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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on Today at 08:08:04 AM »
A white Hyacinth in front of a too blue background.

Looking through my old photos I came across one of some municipal planting in Bath, April 2008.

White pink and blue Hyacinths
 
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Places to visit / Re: Sikyon, Corinthia
« Last post by Hilary on March 03, 2024, 07:38:18 AM »
Sikyon February 2024
Nearly ten years after our last visit to the museum and site of Sikyon. Because I didn’t do my homework and the lack of signposts, we had great difficulty in finding the site.
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‘The Archaeological Museum at Sikyon, located in a section of a Roman bath, was restored by Anastasios Orlandos in 1935’
This time we concentrated on looking at the finds from the Pitsa cave and then I took some photos of the building and the odds and ends in the courtyard.
I liked the column capital with its sculptured eagles and bulls’ heads on top of acanthus leaves.   
The theater is fenced off at the moment for restoration but good views can be obtained from the fence and for the more adventurous going up a dirt road for a higher view.
There were no wild flowers but luckily for me there were a couple of almond trees in blossom at the side of the road.
The day had started out bright and sunny but soon became overcast when we were at the site and then  there was a storm during the night.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Unsung Heroes, Journal 20 April 2000
« Last post by Hilary on March 02, 2024, 07:07:05 AM »
JOURNAL 20, April 2000

In the list of contributors there are the names of two people who wrote book reviews.
Sally Williams who wrote about
Australia's Open Garden Scheme Guidebook

And
Flavio Caneti who wrote about two books
Giardini d’ Oggi in Toscana
And
Velletri, le sue Camelie

And the last but not least unsung hero of Journal number 20 , thanks to Barbara Terzopoulos for her help in proof- reading.

To brighten this piece a bit I am attaching scans of a few Australian postage stamps and photos of Camellias taken in Spain
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Miscellaneous / Re: Unsung Heroes, Journal 20 April 2000
« Last post by Hilary on March 01, 2024, 09:17:03 AM »
 JOURNAL 20, April 2000
SPRING REFLECTIONS
by John Joynes

The author sits under a tree enjoying the sights and sounds of his garden. The article is illustrated by a drawing by Derek Toms of a swallow feeding its young.

I have been waiting for March 1st to post this as I have a Greek stamp celebrating the arrival of the swallows in March and a Willow Pattern plate also depicting swallows.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on February 29, 2024, 09:18:17 AM »

Tulipa schrenkii, synonym Tulipa suaveolens 

A stamp issued by the USSR in 1986 in a series named
PLANTS OF THE RUSSIAN STEPPES
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on February 28, 2024, 08:02:55 AM »
Rosa acicularis, Prickly Wild Rose 

A stamp issued by the USSR in 1985 in a series named
PLANTS OF SIBERIA
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on February 27, 2024, 07:07:48 AM »
Nymphoides peltata, Fringed Water Lily, Yellow Floating Heart

A stamp issued by the USSR in 1984 in a series named
AQUATIC FLOWERS

I even have a photo of this plant which I took at the Small Prespa Lake.

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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on February 26, 2024, 08:15:26 AM »
Euryale ferox, Prickly Water Lily

A stamp issued by the USSR in 1984 in a series named
AQUATIC FLOWERS

Euryale ferox is mentioned in
 THE AQUATICS AND THEIR CULTIVATION IN MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATES by Gianluca Corazza
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 8 Spring 1997

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Places to visit / Re: Madrid
« Last post by Hilary on February 25, 2024, 08:58:56 AM »
It's Almond blossom time again at the Quinta de los Molinos, Madrid.

Our daughter took the photos yesterday.

Read A MEDITERRANEAN ORCHARD IN THE CITY OF MADRID
 by Meye Maier
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 59 January 2010
There are some photographs of the garden here

http://www.mediterraneangardensocietyarchive.org/59-madrid.html
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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on February 24, 2024, 08:42:11 AM »
A cactus in flower in February
This plant lives on our south facing balcony which gets a lot of sunshine.
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