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 #390 on: January 06, 2018, 06:51:09 AM »
Another stamp from the Royal Mail series which was issued  in 2003
The heroine today is MS. ORANGE PEEL 
Citrus x sinensis, Orange
The oranges are bright on the trees now, here are three which I was in a hurry to buy, since then friendly neighbours have dropped a bags by our door

As you would expect there ark very many references to oranges in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today go to issue 49, July 2007and read
ROBERT GRAVES IN MALLORCA: A 1930s GARDEN REBORN
 By Leonard Pearcey
See MGS website for photographs of Robert Graves’ garden
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/49-graves.html
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No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
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Alisdair

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #391 on: January 06, 2018, 08:51:38 AM »
It's good to know that such quirky humour could bubble up through the Royal Mail's hefty layers of bureaucracy!
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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Charithea

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #392 on: January 06, 2018, 02:37:06 PM »
Hilary thank you. I enjoyed the stamps  throughout the year but today's will be great for our 6 year old granddaughter who wants to be a gardener and a rock star when she grows up. She has a scrap book with plant photographs in it. Tomorrow being her name Day we will be visiting and I will show her your post. Καλή Χρονιά.
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 #393 on: January 07, 2018, 07:26:52 AM »
Fragaria x ananassa, Strawberry, another fruit in the Royal Mail FRUIT & VEG series issued in 2003

In the cartoon story MISS BERRY returns to her friends, after escaping from the van which was taking her to the supermarket, and now lives in Kent.

A sheet of stickers was included with the stamp series for the sender of letters  to disguise the fruit.
 
The photo is of huge Greek strawberries in season at the beginning of April

There are several reference to Strawberries in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
I have chosen issue number 6, Autumn 1996, where Jenny Bussey in her article THE GARDEN IN AUTUMN writes about how to prepare various garden plants and vegetables for the winter
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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 #394 on: January 08, 2018, 07:24:19 AM »
Solanum tuberosum, Potato

Whatever happened to MAURICE PIPER, the potato which escaped from the van taking him to the supermarket in the cartoon series issued by the Royal Mail in 2003?

He came to a bad end

The photo is of Greek potatoes. There are several areas around Greece where they specialize in growing potatoes

Every Greek school child is taught the story of how potatoes were introduced into Greece by Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of the newly liberated Greece
I quote Wikipedia
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“Kapodistrias….. in an effort to raise the living standards of the population, introduced the cultivation of the potato into Greece. According to legend, although Kapodistrias ordered that potatoes be handed out to anyone interested, the population was reluctant at first to take advantage of the offer. The legend continues that he then ordered that the whole shipment of potatoes be unloaded on public display on the docks of Nafplion, and placed it under guard to make the people believe that they were valuable. Soon, people would gather to look at the guarded potatoes and some started to steal them. The guards had been ordered in advance to turn a blind eye to such behaviour, and soon the potatoes had all been "stolen" and Kapodistrias' plan to introduce them to Greece had succeeded.”
Now after that short history lesson we have an article about growing potatoes.
CAN YOU GROW THREE CROPS OF POTATOES IN THE SAME YEAR?
By D.J.Bracey in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 67, January 2012
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #395 on: January 09, 2018, 07:09:32 AM »
Malus, Apple
The fourth stamp in the 2003 Royal Mail series FRUIT& VEG
There is no information about what the next six stars of the series did after their escape from the van taking them to the supermarket
The photo is of three apples bought especially for this post, which has been in preparation since May.
There are many references to apples in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
 I chose issue number 73, July 2013 where you can read
 HOW I CAME TO LOVE GARDENING by Renate Schaeffer- Low.
Renate mentions her childhood memories of eating apples from her grandfather’s orchard then continues writing about her life and gardening under difficult and strange conditions 
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Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #396 on: January 10, 2018, 07:27:07 AM »
Capsicum annum, Bell Pepper

One more stamp featuring a vegetable from the Royal Mail series FRUIT& VEG which was issued in 2003.

The photo is of a capsicum bought for a colourful salad I make

To read about these Sweet peppers and how to grow them go to
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 56 and read the article
 by Jennifer Gay, GROWING VEGETABLES
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #397 on: January 11, 2018, 06:59:29 AM »
Pyrus, Pear

Another stamp from the Royal Mail series FRUIT & VEG issued in 2003

The photo is of some of the pears we buy on a weekly basis  from a local, Korinthia Greece, grower who sells his pears in the street market.

There are so many references to pear trees in TMG that I am spoilt for choice
 “isn’t it awful when you can’t decide”
Pears along with apples, pomegranates and figs are mentioned in
 MUSING ON FICTIONAL GARDENS by Caroline Harbouri
In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 24, April 2001
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #398 on: January 12, 2018, 07:11:44 AM »
Solanum lycopersicum, Tomato

Yet another stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 2003 in the series FRUIT & VEG

The tomatoes were bought especially for this post then eaten, of course.

Tomatoes are widely grown in Mediterranean gardens and in pots on balconies
In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN there is a whole article devoted to tomatoes
TALKING TOMATOES by Tom Wellsted in TMG number 9, Summer 1997
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #399 on: January 13, 2018, 06:59:36 AM »
Citrus limon, Lemon

One more stamp from the series issued by the Royal Mail in 2003 going under the name of FRUIT& VEG

All my neighbours seem to have access to lemon trees and they keep me steadily supplied. If I ever run out of lemons it nearly breaks my heart to buy some.
The lemons in the photo were given to me by one of my neighbours

Leonard Pearcey writes about growing lemons in his article
GREATEST GARDENING JOYS.
You will find this article in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 25, July 2001
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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 #400 on: January 14, 2018, 06:13:39 AM »
Brassica oleracea, Brussels Sprout

The last stamp from the series FRUIT & VEG issued by the Royal Mail in 2003

This is a vegetable one doesn’t normally come across in Greece so I was thrilled one day to see some in the supermarket, bought them then immediately forgot about them. When they came to light again, at the back of the proverbial fridge, all the dark green outer leaves had to be discarded, hence their pale colour.

I didn’t expect to find references to this vegetable in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I was wrong
In TMG issue 58, October 2009 it is mentioned in two articles
NOTES FROM A NOVICE VEGETABLE GROWER by Trevor Nottle
 and
GROWING VEGETABLES FOR SELF- SUFFICIENCY AND HEALTH
 by Clodagh & Dick Handscombe
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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 #401 on: January 15, 2018, 06:33:24 AM »
Myosotidium hortensia, Chatham Islands Lily

A stamp issued by New Zealand in 1970
While the plant is named on the stamp as a lily the official New Zealand website calls it a forget- me- not
Read about it here
http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-plants/chatham-island-forget-me-not/

This forget-me-not is mentioned in the article by Caroline Davies
A GARDEN FRIENDSHIP, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue 74, October 2013
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #402 on: January 16, 2018, 07:02:51 AM »
Cedrus libani, Cedar of Lebanon

This stamp was issued by Lebanon in 1955 in a series named Cedar of Lebanon and Baalbek

The photo was sent to me by a friend, who lives in Leeds, UK. of a  Cedar tree  growing in her back garden

There are many references to the Cedar of Lebanon tree in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
 I have chosen HUNTING FOR WILD FLOWERS IN
SOUTH- WEST TURKEY by Fleur Pavlidis for you to read.
TMG number 61, July 2010
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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 #403 on: January 17, 2018, 07:03:25 AM »
Cygnus cygnus, Swan

A stamp issued by Denmark in 1935 to celebrate the
100th Anniversary of the Earliest Publication of H.C. Andersen’s “Fairy tales”
The designer was E. Utzon – Frank

Unfortunately I have no photos of swans

However I must record that a swan chased my mother in Wallsend Park, before I was born! She used to tell me not to go near the pond where the swan lived, but, of course, I did. I think I wanted the swan to chase me and was  disappointed that it didn't,.

Swans, both black and white, are mentioned a couple of times in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.Go to issue number 44 April 2006 to read
 A ROYAL FRONT GARDEN - MEMORIES OF KEW by Jean Gilhead
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Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #404 on: January 18, 2018, 06:09:58 AM »
Irises

This stamp was issued by Japan in 1955

I wasn’t able to find out much about the stamp except that the painting is the work of Ogala Korin  1660 – 1716
He is famous for painting a screen depicting irises. The picture on the stamp looks as if there is a wooden bridge over a pool which has irises growing in it.

I was prompted to send this stamp today after reading Fermi’s post, in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY’S Forum, yesterday about his Japanese irises
I hope this link takes you to the thread about irises on the   Forum 

http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=595.135
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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