Plants of the world on postage stamps

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Caroline

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #465 on: March 12, 2018, 10:00:13 PM »
That's a cat at peace with the world!
I am establishing a garden on Waiheke Island, 35 minutes out of Auckland. The site is windy, the clay soil dries out quickly in summer and is like plasticine in winter, but it is still very rewarding. Water is an issue, as we depend on tanks. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas. Caroline

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #466 on: March 13, 2018, 06:37:26 AM »
Acer platanoides, Norway maple
A stamp issued by Sweden in 1983 in the series named FRUITS.
I don’t seem to have a photo of this tree but here is a helpful website
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/246/i-Acer-platanoides-i/Details

Now I realise that this tree is not likely to feature in a Mediterranean garden but I did come across this article, in a round about way, and it is too good to pass by
SOME MAPLES [ ACER ]
SUITABLE FOR GARDEN USE
IN MEDITERRANENAN CLIMATES
 By Philip McMillan Browse
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN Number 8 , Spring 1997
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Umbrian

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« Reply #467 on: March 13, 2018, 09:44:39 AM »
Regarding your comment about lack of rain John, I would be only too pleased  for you to have some of ours. Colin used to keep weather records when we lived in the country but sadly no longer does. I am sure this winter would show a record amount under the rainfall and am certain we would have been housebound on quite a few occasions with the small stream at the bottom of our land that we had to ford becoming impassable.
Today the clouds have passed over - I will try to direct them to you!
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JTh

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #468 on: March 13, 2018, 02:08:35 PM »
I actually wasn't aware of the English name of this tree, which we have quite a few of in our neighbourhood. The photos are taken in the autumn at a large sports ground/park near our house.

_A284400.jpg Norway maple leaf - spisslønn
by Jorun Tharaldsen, on Flickr


_A284394.jpg Autumn maples at Voldsløkka
by Jorun Tharaldsen, on Flickr

Sometimes the leaves are even more colourful, as in this newly-planted maple outside the new Oslo Skatehall which is part of the sports ground.

IMG_20171105_151924270-2.jpg New skating hall, Voldsløkka
by Jorun Tharaldsen, on Flickr

This is what the area looks like in the summer (a part of it), many of the trees are Norway maples:

P8137014.jpg Voldsløkka
by Jorun Tharaldsen, on Flickr

Retired veterinary surgeon by training with a PhD in parasitology,  but worked as virologist since 1992.
Member of the MGS and Branch website editor. Gardening in Oslo and to a limited extent in Halkidiki, Greece.

Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #469 on: March 14, 2018, 06:27:57 AM »
Lovely photos and how peaceful it all looks.
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Hilary

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« Reply #470 on: March 14, 2018, 06:30:49 AM »
Apodemus flavicollis, Yellow Necked Mouse
One more stamp from the series WOODLAND ANIMALS issued by the Royal Mail in 2004

Looking round the house I found these two mice. One was from Christmas crackers of long ago and the other one from Crete. I remembered that one of our children gave it to us but none of them can recall doing so. It was most likely bought from some foreign tourists who were selling these mice, carved from soapstone, on the beach. One is hoping that when he holds it he will remember it. Both mice are very small but look huge in the photos, maybe I should snap then with a ruler like the archaeologists do

I thought
THE HISTORY OF CRETAN LANDSCAPES AND THEIR SPECIAL PLANTS
 By Oliver Rackham in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 63, January 2011 would be a suitable article for you to read
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Hilary

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« Reply #471 on: March 15, 2018, 07:00:58 AM »
Adonis amurensis also known as Amur adonis

A stamp issued by Japan in 1982 and depicting a plant native to Japan

This stamp was given to me, with a pile of other stamps, by my friend L

To read about this plant and how to look after it go here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/213543/i-Adonis-i-Fukujukai/Details

Adonis, not this one specifically, is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, 64 April 2011as being an invasive weed.
From the President    TRAVELLING SEEDS by Jean Vache
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #472 on: March 17, 2018, 07:38:25 AM »
Alpinia sp, Shell Ginger
A stamp issued by Ghana in 1959 in series of 13 postage stamps named National Symbols.
This plant appears to be native of Asia

This plant is mentioned on THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY’s website. Use this link then scroll down to June 2017, A succulent workshop
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/branches-crete.html
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Hilary

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« Reply #473 on: March 18, 2018, 08:57:41 AM »
Solanum tuberosum, Potato, USSR

A, 7 stamp, series issued by the USSR in 1964

The photo is of potatoes from Cyprus

There is a reference to potatoes in LEARNING, NOT DOZING!: by Gillian Biddle,
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 51, January 2008
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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 #474 on: March 19, 2018, 10:15:08 AM »
Vinca herbacea,

Another stamp featuring flowers issued by Hungary in 1971

You can read about it, in Greek, here.
http://www.greekflora.gr/el/flowers/0595/Vinca-herbacea

Susanna Linhart mentions Vinca in
A WILD GARDEN IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
Issue number 25, July 2001 of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
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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 #475 on: March 20, 2018, 07:28:26 AM »
Coffea arabica, Coffee plant

A stamp issued by Cameroun in 1956

I took the photo of coffee grinders in the local shop where we buy nuts, loukoumia and all the dried fruit required for the Christmas cake 

Coffea arabica is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN in issue number 13, Summer 1998 in
 THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF PALERMO
By Sabine Rossini Oliva
There is also an anonymous drawing of Coffea arabica  on page 11 , presumably the drawing was done by Derek Toms.
 By issue 17 all drawings are attributed to  the person who executed them
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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 #476 on: March 22, 2018, 07:24:58 AM »
Helichrysum melitense, Sempreviva to ‘Ghawdex, Maltese Everlasting

A stamp issued by Malta in 2000, designed by Maurice Tanti Burlo

Helichrysum melitense is one  of the plants mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 91 in
MELITENSE – THE MALTESE QUARRY GARDEN FOR
M&G CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2017
By James & Helen Basson

Now I can’t say we saw much vegetation when we visited Malta in the heat of the summer one year.
So I am including a photo of a stamp,  depicting Fort St Angelo. which  I was originally  going to use with this effort. Also two photos taken of various buildings we saw on a ‘round the harbour’ boat trip of Valletta
No shortage of golden coloured stone on Malta
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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 #477 on: March 23, 2018, 07:08:09 AM »
Alstroemeria aurantiaca

A stamp issued by Argentina in 1985

You can read about this plant here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=950

Apparently these flowers are regularly in stock at the local florists.
I had the choice of yellow, pink or red , I chose red

The easiest article of all to connect a stamp with an article was
SOME WONDERFUL MEDITERRANEAN – CLIMATE PLANTS by Judy Thomas in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 91, January 2018

That’s it folks, I managed to connect every article in TMG, 91 with a postage stamp .
Roll on TMG 92
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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 #478 on: March 24, 2018, 07:09:07 AM »
Ophrys scolopax, Woodcock Orchid

Tunisia issued a series of stamps in 1980 named
ANIMALS AND PLANTS

There are some good photos here. 
https://www.first-nature.com/flowers/ophrys-scolopax.php
Apparently this plant grows in Tunisia

Another plant mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Julie-Amadea  Pluriel mentions Ophrys scolopax in her article
THE MASSIF DE CRUSSOL:
AN OUTPOST OF THE MEDITERRANEAN in issue number 79, January 2015
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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 #479 on: April 06, 2018, 06:25:53 AM »
Camellia sinensis, Tea.
This stamp was issued in 1945 by Nyasaland
The title is TEA ESTATE- MLANJE MOUNTAIN
The country is now called Malawi and the mountaim Mulanje

Look here to read about this mountain and other attractions in South Malawi
http://www.malawitourism.com/pages/attractions/the_attraction.asp?AttractionsID=27

Quote
“The oriental habit of drinking tea – an infusion of the leaves of Camellia sinensis”
A quotation from  the book review of Velletri, le sue Camelie by Piero Caneti with contributions by Paola Lanzara and Emilio Bongiovanni. The review was written by Flavio Zanon
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 20, April 2000

The photo is of a teacup and a packet of herbal tea, both gifts
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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