Plants of the world on postage stamps

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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #45 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
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #46 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.
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« Reply #47 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
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« Reply #48 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.
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« Reply #49 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"

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« Reply #50 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.
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #51 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.
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« Reply #52 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
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« Reply #53 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
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Alisdair

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« Reply #54 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...
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #55 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.

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #56 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.
 
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #57 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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« Reply #58 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
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Diverse species of mistletoe grow on different trees.
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #59 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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