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 #255 on: July 13, 2017, 05:36:34 AM »
Theobroma  cacao - The Cocoa Tree, 'food of the gods'

A stamp issued in 1953 by Nigeria depicting the Cocoa Tree and the various stages the bean passes through before being exported.

Apparently cocoa husks are now used in gardens as fertiliser.
Read in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 46, October 2006

THE REINHARDT GARDEN:2: A WORK OF ART
By Ida Tonini to learn how they improve the soil.
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #256 on: July 14, 2017, 02:53:56 PM »
Camellia sp. and Colaptes auratus

This stamp was issued by the USA Postal Service in 1969

The bird is also known as the  Northern Flicker
You can find all you want to know about this bird here
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Flicker/lifehistory

The photo of the Camellia bush was taken in Alnwick Gardens

Now I was not able to find an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN about a garden in America and the Northern Flicker but I recommend that you read AUTUMN IN A CALIFORNIA GARDEN by Katherine Greenberg in  TMG number 74, October 2013

For photographs of some of these plants,[ mentioned in the article] , see the MGS website
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #257 on: July 15, 2017, 05:09:57 AM »
Conophytum mundum, Conophytum obcordellum 

One more stamp from the series SUCCULENTS issued by South Africa in 1988

This plant, like many others, has had a name change.
I found information about the plant here.
http://worldofsucculents.com/conophytum-obcordellum-dumpling/

I thought you might find this article interesting
 OUR ‘GARDEN OF EDEN’ by Hamish Warren.
Although the article is about his garden in Menorca there is a page devoted to Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 28, April 2002
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #258 on: July 16, 2017, 07:33:22 AM »
Majorana hortensis. Marjoram, Pot Marjoram

A stamp issued by Yugoslavia in 1961 in a series named LOCAL FLORA

There is no shortage of references to Marjoram in

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen number  79, January 2015 where on page 72 there is a letter from Freda Cox with hints for small  children who want to  grow herbs.
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #259 on: July 18, 2017, 05:44:19 AM »
Saponaria officinalis, Common soapwort

A stamp issued by Yugoslavia in 1961

The series of nine stamps depicting wild flowers was designed by Matija Zlamalik
An interesting site about him, in English, can be found here.
http://galerijabeograd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Final-katalog-matija-zlamalik-screen.pdf

Saponaria are mentioned in THE MEDITERREAN GARDEN number 22, October 2000
Celia Matson writes in her article
 A SOW’S EAR- MAKING A GARDEN IN THE GARD, FRANCE

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Seeds have come from everywhere we have seen local plants growing – Saponaria, for example, Artemisia absinthium, broom, Lathyrus latifolius and Lonicera [ honeysuckle], to name but a few.
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #260 on: July 20, 2017, 02:41:34 PM »
Ipomoea purpurea, Morning Glory

Argentina issued this stamp in 1982 in a series named FLOWERS

The photo was taken in 1987 on some Greek island.

To read about Morning Glory and other climbers growing in a Mediterranean Garden go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 18, Autumn 1999.
A ZAKYNTHOS GARDEN: THE CLIMBERS by Christina Riganeli
 
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #261 on: July 22, 2017, 05:18:40 AM »
Cheiridopsis peculiaris

Yet another stamp in the series SUCCULENTS issued by South Africa in 1988

You can read about it here
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Aizoaceae/22645/Cheiridopsis_peculiaris

To read about plants in South Africa go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 21,July 2000.
SPRING FLOWERS IN THE NIEUWOUDTVILLE by Anda Wayland
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #262 on: July 24, 2017, 05:58:22 AM »
Chrysanthemum morifolium

A stamp issued by China in 1961 the designer being Liu Shuoren

I was waiting for autumn to find a chrysanthemum to snap then came across this photo of a bouquet of flowers someone gave me in October 2008

Then I found this information about the Chrysanthemum Festival in China
http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/Festivals/78310.htm

Looking through TMG  index   Chrysanthemums are mentioned many times.
 I think this article refers to cultivated chrysanthemums   and not wild ones
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN   number 12, Spring 1998
MY CAPRICIOUS GARDEN by Gillian M. Oberli
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #263 on: July 26, 2017, 05:31:02 AM »
Zea mays, Maize
A stamp issued by Zimbabwe in 1985 depicting a woman crushing maize.

The photo is of two fresh corn cobs bought at the supermarket yesterday especially for this post

Although every Mediterranean vegetable garden usually has a row of maize growing down one side I could only find three references to maize in the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
One reference  I used in an earlier post about this plant so today I am pointing you to issue number 6, Autumn1996
WHAT IS A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN? By Judith MacDonald where she describes how
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“ the countryside has been’ smoothed out’ –most of the strips and terraces obliterated” ”and there are now expansive rolling fields of wheat, sunflower and maize”
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Charithea

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #264 on: July 26, 2017, 09:12:28 AM »

Wonderful work as usual Hilary. Corn on the cob is one of  my grandchildren's favourite with a touch of melted butter.  I of course never had butter on mine and they were usually cooked on the fire not boiled.
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 #265 on: July 27, 2017, 05:34:12 AM »
Fouquieria splendens, Ocotillo

A stamp issued in 1969 by the USA Postal Service

You can read all about this plant here
https://www.desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-sheets/Ocotillo.php

Stretching my self made rule somewhat I recommend the article by Freda Cox THE 2002 AGM IN CALIFORNIA in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 31, January 2003.

There is a paragraph about a desert garden where Fouquieria columnaris , a near relative to the one depicted on today’s stamp,  grows.
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #266 on: July 28, 2017, 05:32:11 AM »
Caltha palustris, Marsh marigold

A third stamp from the series THE STRUGGLE AGAINST TUBERCULOSIS issued by Finland in 1983

You can read about  how to grow this plant here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=295

Members of the MGS saw this plant on their trip to Epirus, Greece in 2015
Read about all the wild flowers they saw in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 82 October 2015
EPIRUS- MGS TRIP MAY 2015
By John Joynes
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #267 on: July 28, 2017, 05:49:54 AM »
For photographs of this visit to Epirus, ,see the MGS website, MGS Excursions
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #268 on: July 29, 2017, 06:57:04 PM »
Tavaresia barklyi, Devil’s trumpet

The ninth stamp in the series SUCCULENTS issued by South Africa in 1988
If you like reading about these strange plants go to
http://pza.sanbi.org/tavaresia-barklyi

Once more in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I can only point you in the direction of articles about the plant world of South Africa and even then I am repeating myself
Anda Wayland writes MY GARDEN PHILOSOPHY in issue number 78, October 2014 about how she managed to get rid of all the invasive grass and wattle when she first started making her garden
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #269 on: July 30, 2017, 06:31:10 PM »
Viola palustris, Marsh violet

Finland issued this stamp in 1983 in the series
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST TUBERCULOSIS

I found information about the plant here
http://calscape.org/Viola-palustris-()

Although this plant is not mentioned in THE MEDITERRANENAN GARDEN by name I am including it in this thread
In the issue of TMG number 55, January 2009 Caroline Harbouri in her letter from the President
GOLDEN HILLS AND OAK TREES describes some marshland in the San Francisco area

I found this article about the marshes and wetlands of San Francisco
http://web.stanford.edu/~sophiarc/WetlandsHistory.html
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