Plants of the world on postage stamps

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Alisdair

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1005 on: January 12, 2020, 12:18:36 PM »
Another of your amazing reconstructions, Hilary! I wish I could have lent you the full Schweppes soda syphon that I've been carefully keeping every since they finally stopped refilling them a few years ago - I suspect it's still bursting with bubbles, but I daren't even try now in case it's long gone flat....
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society

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« Reply #1006 on: January 13, 2020, 07:11:53 AM »
Prunus dulcis, ALMENDO, Almond tree

A stamp issued by Spain in a four stamp series in 1975

The photo of almond blossom was taken in a friend’s garden in March a few years ago.
Looking at the photo again the flowers look too dark pink to be almond blossom

The photo of almonds on tree was taken one October

Almond orchards are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 3 Winter 1995/96
Read
SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS by Louis Marcelin- Rice
Check the very useful index on the website to find many more articles referring to Almond trees
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« Reply #1007 on: January 14, 2020, 08:16:35 AM »
Punica granatum, GRANADO, Pomegranate

This stamp was issued by Spain in1975 in a four stamp series

The photo is of pomegranates picked off a small tree in Sparta.

I have spent what feels like hours reading through past issues of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN not deciding which one to recommend
In the end chose number 81, July 2015 for you to read
 A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN TAKES SHAPE IN ATHENS:
THE STAVROS NIARCHOS PARK
By Yvette Varvaressou
There are some photographs here
http://www.mediterraneangardensocietyarchive.org/81-niarchos.html

I am ashamed to say that we have not yet been to visit this garden mostly because I hate being driven in a car in Athens
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1008 on: January 14, 2020, 08:25:12 AM »
(... a very understandable reason for not seeking out that garden, Hilary!)
Alisdair Aird
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1009 on: January 15, 2020, 06:47:56 AM »
Abies pinsapo, Spanish fir, PINSAPO

This stamp was issued by Spain in 1972 in a 5 stamp series, of which I already had two in my collection
I have recently acquired three more stamps to complete the series

Abies pinsapo is not mentioned specifically in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but there are several references to abies
Read
 WHAT IS A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN?
By Judith MacDonald
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 6 Autumn 1996

Hopefully someone will jump in quickly with a photo of the tree as I don't seem to have one
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« Reply #1010 on: January 16, 2020, 06:44:51 AM »
Arbutus unedo, Strawberry tree, MADRONO

Another stamp from the five stamp series issued by Spain in 1972

I remember when I first came to Corinth in 1966 the Best grocer's shop in town used to decorate their shop with branches from this bush at Christmas time

Arbutus unedo is mentioned in about half the issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, so as not to spend all morning steeped in past journals, I forced myself to choose an article in the first copy I picked up.  I struck lucky; I don't think I have ever mentioned this article before

THE BRUTINEL GARDENS IN ALCOY, SPAIN
By Jacqueline Charron
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 84, April 2016

There are photos of this article on the website
http://www.mediterraneangardensocietyarchive.org/84-brutinel.html
Once again I am sorry I don't have a photo of the plant in question
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« Reply #1011 on: January 17, 2020, 07:22:26 AM »
Pinus pinaster, Maritime pine, PINO NEGRAL

This stamp was issued by Spain in 1972 in a 5 stamp series.

Since we are surrounded by Pine trees you would think I would have put a name to them by now. But no, I am entirely ignorant of the proper name of the trees in the backyard, down the center of one of the main streets of Corinth and in the forest on the way to Epidaurus

These photos were taken on the way to an archaeological site next to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, in Athens. This area is the site of Roman baths and is very little visited

I found an article set in Spain which mentions Maritime pines (Pinus pinaster)
THE BOTANIC GARDENS OF CAIXA DE GERONA, SPAIN
By David Bracey in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 47, January 2007.
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1012 on: January 19, 2020, 08:58:01 AM »
Dracaena Draco, Canary Islands dragon tree, DRAGO

Spain issued a 5 stamp series in 1973 depicting plants found on Madeira.
The names of the plants printed   in the catalogue I use for reference sometimes differ from the names printed on the stamps. I am going with the names printed on the stamps for this series.

The article I am recommending for the first stamp in this series is in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 53, July 2008.
MADEIRA: THE FLOATING GARDEN
By Stella Harding and Megan Toms

You can see photographs here
http://www.mediterraneangardensocietyarchive.org/53-madeira.html
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1013 on: January 20, 2020, 06:54:43 AM »
Ilex canariensis, Small leaved holly, ACEBINO

One of a five stamp series issued by Spain in 1973

Sorry no photo

Although there is no mention of this plant in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN there is a reference to ilex
Go to issue number 40, April 2005 and read
THE PETO GARDEN AT IFORD MANOR by Leonard Pearcey
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« Reply #1014 on: January 21, 2020, 08:23:30 AM »
Apollonias canariensis, a synonym for Apollonias barbujana, BARBUSANO.

One of 5 stamps issued by Spain in 1973

This plant is mentioned in a detailed book review by Sally Razelou in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 39, January 2005

WILD FLOWERS OF THE CANARY ISLANDS
 by David Bramwell and Zoë Bramwell
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« Reply #1015 on: January 22, 2020, 08:32:14 AM »
Myrica fava,    Bog-myrtle, FAYA

One of 5 stamps issued by Spain in 1973

Trying to find information about this plant I discovered that Myrica faya is a synonym for Morella faya, the accepted name.

Sorry no photo

This plant does not seem to be a problem on Madeira but by all accounts is horribly invasive on Hawaii!

Heidi Gildemeister mentions Myrica californica in her article
CALIFORNIA PLANTS:
A PERSPECTIVE FOR VISITORS TO THE 2002 AGM
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 28, April 2002
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« Reply #1016 on: January 23, 2020, 07:07:35 AM »
Phoenix canariensis, Canary Island Palm, PALMA

One of a five stamp series issued by Spain in 1973

These photos of the ’Historic Palms’, in the gardens of the Archaeological Museum in Sparta, were taken in 2013.
I am told the Palm trees are all gone now

To read about Palm trees go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 28, April 2002 where Virginia Scaretti writes about
THE PALM TREE’S SHADOW
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« Reply #1017 on: January 24, 2020, 07:51:17 AM »
Bodegon
Pomegranates, Apples and Grapes by L.E.Menendez

A stamp issued by Spain in 1976 in an eight stamp series named PAINTINGS

I didn't do my homework too well before taking the photo and although we had plenty of green grapes in the house none got into the photo.

Another article mentioning autumn in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN is
LES QUAIS DE MONTREUX by David Bracey
Journal number71, January 2013
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1018 on: February 07, 2020, 07:52:34 AM »
Parodia scopaioides

A stamp issued by the Principality of Monaco in 1974
There are six stamps in the series

The photo of the cactus plant with yellow flowers was identified as a Parodia by this Forum

Parodia does not seem to be mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I found an article about a cactus garden in “the extreme South of Italy”
Read in  issue number 36, April 2004
LA CUTURA by Ida Tonini
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1019 on: February 12, 2020, 06:53:32 AM »
Aythya nyroca, Ferruginous duck

One stamp from a six stamp series issued by Yugoslavia in 1976
The series features ANIMALS IN WETLANDS

Reading about this duck I see that it winters in the Mediterranean region.

Melissa Hamilton writes in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 86 October 2016
GOING NATIVE
MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS AND MIGRATORY BIRDS
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