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 #990 on: December 22, 2019, 08:14:41 AM »
 Holly and Ivy,

A stamp issued by The Royal Mail in 1982
There are five stamps in the series all depicting scenes from Christmas Carols

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY
The holly and the ivy
When they are both full grown
of all the trees that are in the wood
the holly bears the crown

Unless I find some new photos of Holly and Ivy I will be posting the ones I used on other occasions.

Both Holly and Ivy are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 11, Winter1997/8
Read
EYE OF A NEEDLE by Martin Wood







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Charithea

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #991 on: December 22, 2019, 01:17:19 PM »
As always Hillary you are a shining example  with your hard work and inventivness.  I will have more time around the holidays to take photos. If they come up to a reasonable standard I will post them.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #992 on: December 22, 2019, 04:48:08 PM »
Looking forward to seeing your photos.
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No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #993 on: December 23, 2019, 06:58:45 AM »
Euphorbia pulcherrima, Poinsettia

Issued by   Canada in 1987
There are four stamps in the series depicting homes decorated for Christmas

The photo, taken on December 1st,  is of a Poinsettia plant growing in a garden just meters from the sea at Ag Theodori

I have referred to all the articles mentioning Poinsettias/ Euphorbia pulcherrima in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but most of them seem very negative.
However you can reread
MISS GERTRUDE JEKYLL AND MEDITERRANEAN PLANTS by Michael Tooley
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 59, January 2010
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #994 on: December 24, 2019, 11:27:40 AM »
Christmas tree

Slovenia issued this stamp to celebrate Christmas in 2008

The photo is of the Christmas tree installation in Corinth near the statue of Pegasus

Abies cephalonica, the Greek fir
Is mentioned in several issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Go to number 51, January  2008 and read
FOREST FIRES IN GREECE:
PREVENTION AND AFTERMATH by Jennifer Gay
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #995 on: December 24, 2019, 08:03:37 PM »
Koala, Phascolarctos cinereus

Australia issued this stamp in 1990 along with another two to celebrate Christmas

Unfortunately I didn't have a single photo of a Koala to share with you but I quickly knit one following a pattern.

There are a few references to Koalas in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Read
A VISIT TO SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA:
PART 2. TO MELBOURNE AND BACK
By Christina Lambert
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Umbrian

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« Reply #996 on: December 25, 2019, 08:19:29 AM »
Happy Christmas Hilary - you're a real supporter of the Forum for which daily visitors, such as myself, are truly grateful - always disappointing when ' no new posts' clicks up.
However I must take this opportunity to wish all members a Happy Christmas and a successful year in the garden in 2020.😊
MGS member living and gardening in Umbria, Italy for past 19 years. Recently moved from my original house and now planning and planting a new small garden.

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Alisdair

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« Reply #997 on: December 25, 2019, 08:36:32 AM »
Thanks Hilary, for all these interesting stamps, and for your infectious enthusiasm - and a very happy Christmas to you
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

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #998 on: December 25, 2019, 04:27:58 PM »
Many thanks  for all your wishes.
We are having good weather here , if cold, for some.
At the moment there is a quiet lull after Christmas dinner and  before afternoon tea,coffee,cakes and Christmas cake

I did manage to water a few plants which looked as if they were wilting before the younger members of the family woke up

I am so glad that there is a regular follower of my postage stamp posts. There will be a few days absence until the last of the family return to their bases
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« Reply #999 on: December 26, 2019, 12:49:29 AM »
Hi Hilary and All,

Happy Christmas from, yes, sunny Leeds. Seems rain is on its way tomorrow though. Just wanted to wish you all, readers and contributors, happy holidays. Like Umbrian, thanks to all the regular contributors who cheer me up and/or enlighten me,  day in day out. Let's hope for a good 2020 for all, especially you poor guys in Australia with the terrible fires you are having there.  Part of my New Year resolutions are to contribute more next year. Hope there are still some plants flowering when I get back. There will be one or two newbies to add to them after visits to nurseries here over the next few days, that's for sure.

Take care :-)
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1000 on: January 01, 2020, 10:23:20 AM »
New Year Greetings

There are two stamps in this series issued by France to celebrate the New Year of 2001
Both stamps depict children in the snow with winter greenery
So far I don't have a photo of children collecting winter greenery

One of my favourite articles in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN is
GETTING LOST WITH A FOUND PUPPY
Part 1
By Isabel Sanders
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 85, July 2016

I often think we should try and follow the route they took round the north of the Peloponnese, near our home, but we would probably get lost.
Also we have a rule never ever to go down a mud track again
She mentions Pyrus spinosa several times so I will add a photo of my favourite tree somewhere on the border of Lakonia and Arcadia
Pyrus amygdaliformis
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1001 on: January 08, 2020, 08:03:49 AM »
Cosmos atrosanguineus, Chocolate Cosmos

Germany issued this stamp in 2015 in a three stamp series

Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the flower but here is a link to the RHS
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/4529/i-Cosmos-atrosanguineus-i/Details

Quite by coincidence, while browsing through an old THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, as one does, I came across a reference to this flower 
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 33, July 2003
A GARDEN IN NORTH DEVON by Polly Morris
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No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1002 on: January 09, 2020, 06:48:17 AM »
Hypericum hercinum, Stinking tutsan

This stamp was issued by Germany in 2017 in a two stamp series

Apparently the plant gives off a goat like smell when you rub the leaves.
You can read about it here
 https://www.rhs.org.uk/Search?query=hypericum%2Bhircinum

I have several photos of Hypericum but not this one. I will re-post a couple of snaps  I took of municipal planting  during a trip to Thessaloniki

Hypericum is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number27 January 2002.
Read
DESIGNING A WOODLAND GARDEN IN TURKEY by Chevrel Traher
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1003 on: January 10, 2020, 09:12:34 AM »
Wine Production, Viniculture

Germany issued this stamp in 2017

The photo is of specially bought grapes for the photograph. We usually eat seedless grapes while these were full of seeds.

I was hoping to find an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN about German vineyards but there doesn't even seem to be an article about anywhere in Germany
So instead go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 88, April 2017 and read EVOKING ROMAN GARDENS by Trevor Nottle

There is the added pleasure of being able to see photographs illustrating this article here.
http://www.mediterraneangardensocietyarchive.org/88-roman.html
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No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #1004 on: January 12, 2020, 08:06:00 AM »
Bodegon del Sifon, Soda Water still-life

In Spanish art a Bodegon is a still life painting depicting pantry items.

This adhesive stamp came on a letter from Spain in 2004 but it seems to have come from a self-service ATM rather than the Spanish Post Office

With great difficulty I found that the painting is by Juan Carlos Ospina Ortiz and it seems to be owned by the SAMMER GALLERY in Spain

The photo is my poor attempt at making a similar composition

Autumn colours are mentioned in several issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, none of them especially about fruit.
Read
A GARDEN FRIENDSHIP by Caroline Davies
Journal number 74, October 2013
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care