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 #750 on: October 23, 2018, 06:23:07 AM »
Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree

A stamp issued by Cuba in 1967
There are seven colourful stamps in the series of which I have this one.

Information about this tree can be seen here
http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Cassia+fistula

The only photo I have of a Cassia is of Cassia corymbosa, Argentina senna growing in Corinth, which I am posting here.

Cassia fistula is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 56, April 2009.
AN EXOTIC HANGING GARDEN by Rory Stuart
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #751 on: October 24, 2018, 06:04:20 AM »
Coenagrion mercurial, Southern Damselfly

The Royal Mail issued a 10 stamp series featuring ENDANGERED INSECTS of the UK in 2008

I will be posting a scan of the stamp and a scan of part of the information leaflet from the presentation pack.
The presentation pack was sent to me by my friend Helen in Scotland

Since I donít have photos of insects I wonít be adding my photos to these posts
Anyone wanting to add their photos is very welcome

I have not been able to find a reference to this insect in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but I am sure all who have gardens with  a water feature will have  dragonflies hovering over the water.
So to read  about  water features , nearly every garden seems to have one , go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 68, April 2012 and read
QUINTA FAY by Kirsten Honeyman
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #752 on: October 25, 2018, 06:10:47 AM »
Sophora tetraptera, large leaved Kowhai

A stamp issued by New Zealand in a six stamp series. All the stamps depict beautiful trees
If you want to read more about this tree go here

http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=1304

I have never seen this tree so no photos

Sophora are mentioned several times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN but not this one in particular. I am torn between sending you to Venice, California, The Black Sea and other places where Sophora are mentioned
In the end I have decided on Venice as I donít think I have referred to this article before
Read VENETIAN GARDENS by Leonard Pearcey in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 58, October 2009
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #753 on: October 26, 2018, 06:31:48 AM »
Camellia Night Rider

One of six stamps depicting Camellias issued by New Zealand in 1992.

Unfortunately I havenít seen this bright red hybrid Camellia with frilly petals  which originated in New Zealand 

I looked for photos of the deepest red Camellia we saw on our visit to the Royal Botanic Garden, Madrid, this spring.
The notice informed us that it was Camellia japonica Dr. Clifford Parks

To start off reading the latest THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN go to the first article A GARDEN OF A LESSER GOD by Ann Semaan Beisch where she mentions Camellias

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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #754 on: October 29, 2018, 05:18:41 PM »


Mediolobivia  arachnacantha

A stamp issued by the Principality of  Monaco in 1974

This appears to be one of those small cactus which people grow on their window sills .and hope will flower sometime

There is a cliff side garden in Monaco featuring cactus, succulents and other exotic plants .apparently there are also greenhouses.
You can visit the next time you are in Monaco here is the visitor information.
http://www.jardin-exotique.mc/en/

Members of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY visited this garden in September 2007, you can read about their visit  in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 52, April 2008
 A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY VISIT TO THE RIVIERA
 by Charles Boot
There is a photo of the garden in Monaco and of other gardens which 
 were visited on the same occasion
Go here to see them

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/52-riviera.html
After writing this I noticed a drawing by John Jefferis on page iv of The Jardine Exotique,   Monaco  and that all the drawings illustrating the above mentioned article are by John Jefferis
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Alisdair

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #755 on: October 30, 2018, 10:10:23 AM »
The Monaco cactus garden is a stunning place, which MGS members have seen (at the Menton AGM a few years ago, and also on Riviera tours)
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 #756 on: October 31, 2018, 06:51:38 AM »
Bufo calamita, Natterjack toad

A stamp, in a four stamp series, issued by the Royal Mail in 1986
The series is named NATURE CONSERVATION,   SPECIES AT RISK.

 I donít have any photos of toads so I went looking round the house for something to go with this post.
I donít know if this pottery animal is meant to be a frog or a toad but it has been sitting in one of my plant pots for several years. It looks huge in the photo but it is only about two inches long. A friend of mine, who lives in Northumberland U.K., bought it from
http://www.erringtonreay.co.uk/shop/
Looking at their website they donít seem to produce these small items any more

Toads are mentioned in passing is several issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I have chosen number 85, July 2016 for you to read
  GOING NATIVE:
GARDEN DESIGN FOR WILDLIFE.  by Melissa Hamilton
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #757 on: November 02, 2018, 06:16:52 AM »
Beta vulgaris var. altissima, Sugar beet

A stamp issued by the USSR in 1964 in a seven stamp series named AGRICULTURAL CROPS

I donít have a photo of this particular member of the beetroot family but have one of a beetroot plant which we saw growing in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Madrid this spring. Visitors to the garden were urged not to eat the plants as they had been treated with chemicals. This one goes by the name of REMOLACHA REDONDA, beetroot.

The reference I found in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN is actually for Swiss chard, another variation of the Beta vulgaris family. Read
THE REINHARDT GARDEN: 1. DARING DESIGN by Helene Pizzi in issue number 46, October 2006 where Swiss chard is grown among other plants for its ornamental leaves.

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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #758 on: November 04, 2018, 06:55:54 AM »
Grinum sp.

A stamp issued by the Republique Du Cameroun in 1963
I have not been able to find out anything about Grinum so have come to the conclusion that  they mean Crinum, several of which, grow in Cameroun

Crinum purpurescens grows in the Sudan, Cameroun and Angola

I donít have a photo of this plant but do have a photo of Crinum asiaticun which I took in a park on the island of Syros

To read about Crinum and bulbs in general go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 27 January 2002 and read CAPE BULBS by Heidi Gildemeister
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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 #759 on: November 05, 2018, 07:01:34 AM »
Dianthus caryophyllus, Carnation Princess Caroline, OEILLET

A stamp issued in 1959 by the Principality of Monaco

I took the photo of a Carnation  one November but I donít remember where. Why do flowers always photo bomb each other?

There are many references to Carnations and Dianthus in
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I chose number 31 ,January 2003 for you to read
WHATíS IN A NAME by Derrick Donnison-Morgan

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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #760 on: November 06, 2018, 01:34:32 PM »
Delonix regia, Flame tree, Flamboyant
 
Anguilla issued a four stamp series of stamps in 1970 named
FLOWERS OF THE LESSER ANTILLES 
All the stamps depicted are grown in Mediterranean gardens

Recently I have been trying to reduce the number of books in the cupboard, keeping the ones I think my children might want and the ones I want to read again. I came across The Flame trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley. Now that is something to look forward to reading in the winter.

The photo was taken outside the entrance to the pyramid complex in Giza, Cairo.  Our guide had disappeared and apparently you cannot gain entrance to the complex unless you have a guide, or so we were told. We did get in in the end and I did get to touch a pyramid but at one point it looked as if we would just see them from over the wall.

To read about a Delonix regia tree growing in Greece go to
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 18, Autumn 1999 and read
AN OLD GARDEN ON THE ISLAND OF CHIOS by Caroline Harbouri


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Charithea

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #761 on: November 06, 2018, 05:45:14 PM »
Hilary I read that book many years ago. I can only remember that it had to do with Kenya because about  30 years ago I went to that country with my friend to climb Kilimanjaro  and I went looking for the trees.
« Last Edit: November 07, 2018, 05:57:11 PM by Charithea »
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 #762 on: November 06, 2018, 06:19:03 PM »
There was a series on the TV which we saw in black and white
I wonder if it can be found on the Internet

Kilimanjaro, wonderful
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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #763 on: November 07, 2018, 02:03:42 PM »
Halcyon malimbica, Blue-breasted Kingfisher

A stamp issued by Nigeria in 1965

There are plenty of photos of this bird, which lives in Nigeria and  central Africa,  on the web.

In PIAíS GARDEN, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN 53, July 2008
 Ida Tonini writes
ďAt the beginning this pool welcomed Pia on hot summer nights under the light of the full moon; now as well as the water lilies it is full of lotuses , water ranunculus and thousands of living creatures Ė passing birds [even a kingfisher], frogs, tadpoles and small snakesĒ
A bit like Ithaki which gave the reason for the journey the name kingfisher gave  the reason to read this article in  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
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Hilary

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Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Reply #764 on: November 09, 2018, 02:11:46 PM »
Linum usitatissimum, Flax

A stamp issued by the USSR in 1964 depicting agricultural products

The photo of the flower is of Linum bienne belonging to the same family

The other photo is of a linen table cloth my in laws were given as a wedding present in 1935
We use it about once a year

Linum bienne [syn. L usitatissimum subsp. angustifolium ] is mentioned in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 78, October 2014.
Read   A MEDICINAL GARDEN ON MENORCA
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