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 #540 on: June 12, 2018, 06:25:25 AM »
Pitcairnia angustifolia

A stamp issued by the British Virgin Islands in 1981

I have not been able to find out anything about this plant except that it is a Bromeliad.

There seem to be plenty of Bromeliads growing in Lotusland
Read  GANNA WALSKA’S LOTUSLAND by Martin Wood in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 4, Spring 1996
This article is reprinted in the 20th Anniversary Issue of
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 77 July 2014

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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #541 on: June 13, 2018, 05:22:31 AM »
Prunus spinosa, Blackthorn, Sloe

A stamp issued by Sweden in 1983

I am happy to tell you that Prunus spinosa is mentioned in a couple of issues of the
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN.
Go to number 22, October 2000 to read
WINDBREAK HEDGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN  : PART II by Piero Caneti
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« Reply #542 on: June 13, 2018, 06:20:47 AM »
Love Sloes for making a favourite winter tipple - Sloe Gin - but oh those thorns - the slightest prick from which always seem to become inflamed with me and annoyingly itchy.
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.

Hilary

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« Reply #543 on: June 14, 2018, 05:59:27 AM »
Thunbergia sp.

A stamp issued by the Cook Islands in 1967
There are sixteen stamps in the series and I only have one.
My stamp looks rather tired, the background should be white!

I wrote this in an old e mail to friends and attached the photo of Thunbergia erecta

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Seen at the Eden Project in Cornwall, September 2005.
There was a name tag on it so it is one of the few I am really sure of its identity.
Hilary
The  Thunbergia was  enjoying the hot steamy atmosphere

There are many references to Thunbergia in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN now to choose one for you to read.
OUR ‘GARDEN OF EDEN’ by Hamish Warren in issue number 28, April 2002
No I have changed my mind you have already read that one.
Go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN issue number 57, July 2009
MALLORCA : A VISIT BY FORMER BRANCH HEADS , APRIL 2009  by Freda Cox
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #544 on: June 14, 2018, 06:09:03 AM »
Now the photo of the stamp
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Charithea

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« Reply #545 on: June 14, 2018, 09:41:12 AM »
Thank you Hilary for the photo.  Another lovely blue. We have the Thunbergia grandiflora which has of course lovely blue flowers.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

Hilary

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« Reply #546 on: June 15, 2018, 05:21:38 AM »
Aloe littoralis

A stamp issued by Botswana in 1975

The accepted name of this plant is Aloe littoralis Baker
To read more about it  go here

http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Aloe+littoralis

Aloes are mentioned often in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but not this one in particular, however, that will not stop you reading QUINTA FAY by Kirsten Honeyman.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, number 68, April 2012
See the MGS website for photographs of Quinta Fay
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/68-quinta.html
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Hilary

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« Reply #547 on: June 16, 2018, 05:28:29 AM »
Aquilegia chrysantha, Golden Columbine

This stamp was issued by Bulgaria in 1963

Aquilegia chrysantha is native to southwestern U.S.A. and to read about this flower go here
https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=AQCH

Aquilegia are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen number 11, Winter 1887/6 for you to read
 A SMALL GARDEN IN MELBOURNE  by Caroline Davies
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #548 on: June 17, 2018, 06:02:13 AM »
Sempervivum montanum  Mountain Houseleek

A stamp issued by Switzerland in 1946 in aid of PRO- JUVENTUTE

You can read all about this plant and how to care for it here
https://worldofsucculents.com/sempervivum-montanum-mountain-houseleek/

Sempervivum are mentioned a few times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen MY WOODEN ROCKERY by Bob Wright for you to read today.
I am always pleased when I come across an article I have not already used with this project, and this is one of them.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 52 April 2008
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Charithea

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #549 on: June 17, 2018, 05:21:45 PM »
Hilary, I saw same beautiful Aquilegia in Torrechia Vecchia.  i took some photos but they are not great.  I love the flowers but they don't survive the heat here.  i was given a few plants by my friend who lives near Troodos mountains a few years ago but only flowered the first spring and then died.  I admire hers when I visit but It is one plant that i will not pursue.
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 #550 on: June 18, 2018, 06:12:26 AM »
Cordyline terminalis

A stamp issued by the Pitcairn Islands in 1957

There is some information about this plant, which seems to be grown for its coloured leaves rather than its flowers, here
http://pss.uvm.edu/pss123/folcord.html

I had seen a Cordyline growing in the entrance to a block of flats in Sparta which  was identified for me by
  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY ‘s Forum as Cordyline fruticosa. I attach the photo of that plant to this post

For something to do in your spare time pick up THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 55, January 2009 and read
WINDS OF CHANGE:
EXPERIENCES IN THE UK
By Freda Cox

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Caroline

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« Reply #551 on: June 18, 2018, 10:52:40 PM »
My recollection is that Cordyline terminalis is widely grown across the Pacific for its striking coloured leaves, in gardens and villages, often as a hedge.  I guess there is a green version, as on the Pitcairn stamp, but the multicolour version (pink, red and orange) is much more common.
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 #552 on: June 19, 2018, 05:41:32 AM »
Rosa canina, Dog rose

One more stamp issued by Sweden in 1983

The photos are of a Dog Rose we saw near Zemeno, Corinthia when we went to find flowers for our May Wreath

To read LEARNING ABOUT ROSE MAINTENANCE AT GIARDINI BOTANICI HANBURY by Gabriel Rochard go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 76, April 2014

I don’t think I have recommended this article up to now
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #553 on: June 20, 2018, 05:34:35 AM »
Viola odorata, Wood violet

 Stamp issued by Yugoslavia  in 1969

The photos of white and blue violets together with the notice were taken in Madrid Royal Botanic Garden. My husband remarked that if we lived in Madrid we could go to this garden every day. By the time we reached the rock garden at the far end of the gardens I was rather tired and didn’t take as much care as I should have with the photos. However, you can see from the moss that it is a well-established area

There are a few references to Viola odorata in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I decided on issue number 70, October 2012.
A CONVERSATION IN THE MOORISH GARDEN OF CREVILLENTE
 By Pedro Jose Moya

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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #554 on: June 21, 2018, 05:29:56 AM »
Tilia cordata , small-leaved lime

A stamp issued by Yugoslavia in 1955

To read about this tree go here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/18225/Tilia-cordata/Details

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 62, October 2010
You can read how to make a digestive liqueur using the blossom of the lime tree.
 I might just try it
JULY RECONSIDERED by Cali Doxiadis
For photographs of Cali Doxiadis’ garden and more recipes, see the MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY website
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/62-july.html
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No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
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