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 #930 on: July 15, 2019, 07:13:05 AM »
Cypripedium calceolus, Lady's Slipper Orchid

A stamp issued by Germany in 1963 in a four stamp series designed by Otto Rohse.

The only time Lady's Slipper Orchid is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN is in number 73, July 2013 in a letter from Dimitri Manthos

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John J

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #931 on: July 15, 2019, 08:45:55 AM »
A bit of botanical trivia. The Lady in question is Aphrodite, though I'm not sure that she ever wore slippers.  :-\ Anyway, she was often referred to in Ancient Greece as the Cyprian, having been born in Cyprus, or to be more exact, "born of the foam off Paphos". Hence the Cyp in Cypripedium.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #932 on: July 16, 2019, 08:33:12 AM »
Fritillaria meleagris, Snake's Head Lily

A stamp issued by Germany in 1963 in a four stamp series designed by Otto Rohse.

The photo of Snake's Head Lily was taken in the grounds of Sherborne  Castle in March 2008.

Fritillaria are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 94, October 2018 in GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY ? by Freda Cox

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #933 on: July 17, 2019, 05:17:22 AM »
Bird feather

Finland issued this stamp, designed by Erik Bruun, in 2016

I have no idea which bird this feather came from but I do like the drawing.

As you can imagine there is no shortage of references to birds in articles about gardens .
I chose STARTING FROM SCRATCH IN Spain…. By Judith Barclay in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 10, Autumn 1997
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #934 on: July 18, 2019, 05:25:25 AM »
Populus tremuloides, Trembling Aspen

The Canadian postal authorities issued a set of three stamps named
TREES OF CANADA in 1977

To read about this tree go here
   https://postagestampguide.com/stamps/16031/trembling-aspen-populus-tremuloides-1977-canada-postage-stamp-trees-of-canada


Populus, but not this one, is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 62, October 2010
Read WIND by Jennifer Gay


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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #935 on: July 22, 2019, 01:27:36 PM »
Plumbago auriculata, Cape Leadwort

One of four stamps issued by Bophuthatswana in 1987

The photo was taken of one of the many plants growing over walls here in Corinth..
We had one in a pot which eventually died we then bought a new one. Unfortunately it seems to need daily watering so I don't see it lasting long.

There are many references in  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN to Plumbago.
I have chosen number 88, April 2017 for you to read
PLANTING WITH STYLE AND CONVICTION:
USING PLANTS THAT CAN SURVIVE UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER PATTERNS
By Julia Catton
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #936 on: July 22, 2019, 01:51:30 PM »
A few days ago Hilary posted a photo of a couple of birch bark baskets she had received from Finland. I thought no more about them until I came across the small birch bark container that our daughter brought back from visiting her friend in Finland almost 30 years ago. Apologies for the poor quality but the light wasn't too good while I was taking the photos. That's my excuse anyway.  :-[
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #937 on: July 24, 2019, 03:56:43 PM »
Viburnum opulus, Guelder rose, GEWOHNLICHER SCHNEEBALL

I always thought it was called a Snowball tree.

Not knowing German I looked up gewohnlicher which seems to mean common, so I suppose the name in German means common snowball


A stamp issued by Austria in 2007.

The photo is of a Viburnum plant in a pedestrianized street in Sparta.

Viburnum opulus is mentioned in three issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, one in a garden in Australia, one in a garden in France and one in the National Gardens of Greece  in Athens ,  which article to choose ?
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 16, Spring 1999
THE NATIONAL GARDEN, ATHENS by Caroline Harbouri
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #938 on: July 24, 2019, 05:41:03 PM »
The Troodos Botanical Garden has some beautiful specimens growing but they are at an altitude of 1,400 m asl. This year we purchased a couple from the Forestry Dept nursery up there to try out in our, much lower, garden. They are surviving so far planted in shade but only time will tell how well they do.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #939 on: July 25, 2019, 08:42:55 AM »
Sparta has a much different climate to here in Corinth, It rains a lot there  and presumably it is higher.
I haven't seen a Snowball tree here in Corinth but we have a strong Viburnum tinus in the back yard of the block . we acquired a viburnum, I have forgotten which one,  to plant in a pot to hide a glass partition. So far it is doing well
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #940 on: July 25, 2019, 12:32:19 PM »
Viburnum tinus are a fairly common ornamental here in gardens (in fact some have escaped into the wild), we have a couple of mature shrubs that perform well every year. In 2017 we got hold of a V. tinus 'Lucidum' that has yet to establish enough to flower. We also have a V. suspensum that flowers despite being quite small.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #941 on: July 25, 2019, 04:25:29 PM »
Acer saccharum, Sugar maple

 The Canadian postal authorities issued a set of three stamps named
TREES OF CANADA in 1977

To read about this tree look here
https://postagestampguide.com/stamps/16033/sugar-maple-acer-saccharum-1977-canada-postage-stamp-trees-of-canada

Acer saccharum is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 8, Spring 1997 in
SOME MAPLES (ACER)
SUITABLE FOR GARDEN USE
 IN MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATES
  by Philip McMillan Browse

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No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #942 on: July 26, 2019, 08:57:48 AM »
Psidium guajava, Guava

Portugal,   Madeira   brought out a series in 1992 of four stamps 
 FRUTOS  E   PLANTAS SUBTROPICAIS   DA MADEIRA
FRUITS AND PLANTS OF SUBTROPIC REGIONS OF MADEIRA

Not having  a photo of Guava  I resorted to scanning a page from the 
NOUVEAU LAROUSSE ILLUSTRE of FRUITS
Two Guavas are depicted; number 49 is named Goyave pomme and 50 as Goyave poire 

Guava is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 70, October 2012.
Read
THE IDLE THIRD TERRACE:
TROPICAL EXPERIMENTS IN MALLORCA, PART 2
By Jaime Ruiz
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #943 on: July 28, 2019, 05:07:07 PM »
Monarda didyma, Scarlet beebalm

Canada issued a series of four self-adhesive stamps in 2005 featuring native flowers.

There is some useful information and photos of this plant here
https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=MODI

Luckily there are three or four references to this plant in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I chose number 17, summer 1999 for you to read
LANDSCAPING MY GARDEN: PARTII by Sue Goumas
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #944 on: July 29, 2019, 11:21:24 AM »
Dahlia cultorum

Belarus issued an eight stamp series designed by Alexander Mityanin named FLOWERS in 2008

The photo was taken in September 2015 at Hyde Hall Gardens, an unexpected trip and treat for me.

Dahlia is mentioned in many of the issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN all of which I have referred you to before.
We don't often read about Croatia in the context of Mediterranean gardens so today I am pointing you to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 68, April 2012
To read
THE MAKSIMIR PARK – A WALK THROUGH TIME by Danijela Kovacevic
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