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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on February 08, 2023, 09:02:35 AM »
Flowers in Pots in May
Pink snapdragons
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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on February 07, 2023, 07:01:22 AM »
Flowers in Pots in May

Several of my neighbours have created small gardens outside their front doors with plants in pots.
 Most of these gardens are filled with leafy green plants but one was a burst of colour last May.
Enjoy
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on February 06, 2023, 09:28:18 AM »
Clouds
In 2004 the USA issued a sheet of 15 stamps all featuring clouds with information about each cloud type on the back.

A friend of mine recently sent me the above mentioned  sheet and now I am planning to  post one of the 15 stamps and the information on the reverse  every  Monday.

Starting off with Cirrus undulatus
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on February 05, 2023, 08:59:01 AM »
Meles meles, Badger

Five stamps issued by the UK in 1977 in a series named British Wildlife, Illustrated by Patrick Oxenham.

PHQ cards were also issued at the same time 
Several months ago, a friend of mine sent me the set of postcards depicting animals of the UK. I have already posted three of the five stamps in this series; however, they were used stamps and not all that clear. On the card you can clearly see some wild flowers.

And here is the blurb from my earlier post
Meles meles, Badger
A stamp issued by the Royal Mail in 1977 in a five-stamp series named
WILDLIFE PROTECTION 

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN   number 92, April 2018
 Christine Margerum writes  OF WILD BOARS, GRUBS AND BADGERS
 about her experiences with the wildlife in Umbria

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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on February 04, 2023, 07:23:22 AM »
Orchid
In the eye doctor's waiting room last October
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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on February 03, 2023, 09:38:25 AM »
Orchid
The latest orchid in the house.
It has been in residence since September and is still going strong
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Miscellaneous / Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 15, Winter 1998/9
« Last post by Hilary on February 02, 2023, 07:35:36 AM »
Unsung Heroes, Journal 15, Winter 1998/9
A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Heidi Gildemeister

A report of her recent visit to California in 1998, comments on the articles in the Journal and information about Jacky Tyrwhitt’s book.

 MAKING A GARDEN ON A GREEK HILLSIDE
I have had this book for many years and find it useful as a reference book but I also enjoy reading each section which concerns the months of the year.
Jobs for February include finishing off the winter pruning and getting the garden ready  for Spring,
 
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Miscellaneous / Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 15, Winter 1998/9
« Last post by Hilary on January 31, 2023, 09:54:07 AM »
Unsung Heroes, Journal 15, Winter 1998/9

BIGGER BUGS AND LITTLE BUGS
By Hugo Latymer & Francesc Casas

An article about the Cacyreus marshalli Butler, a species before 1898 only known to South Africa, and the devastating effect on Pelargoniums

The year before this article was written a tiny wasp, Trichogramma evanescens, was found to be feeding on the larva of Cacyreus and there was hope for the plants.

However, reading about this pest 24 years later, the Cacyreus problem still seems to be unsolved.

Not having any photos of either Bug, I thought to post photos or random bugs and butterflies

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Miscellaneous / Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 15, Winter 1998/9
« Last post by Hilary on January 30, 2023, 07:31:07 AM »
Unsung Heroes, Journal 15, Winter 1998/9

A WEEKEND IN MALLORCA
Freda Cox

An account of the AGM of 1998 held on the island of Mallorca.


The drawing of ‘the ancient gardens of Raixa’ in the article is by Derek Toms
I have postage stamps of several of the plants mentioned in the article which I am posting here for you to enjoy.
 Hibiscus, Plumbago, Rosemary and Thunbergia.

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Miscellaneous / Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 15, Winter 1998/9
« Last post by Hilary on January 29, 2023, 09:00:14 AM »
Unsung Heroes, Journal 15, Winter 1998/9

CHILOPSIS
Philip McMillan Browse

 This article about Chilopsis linearis, Desert Willow, sings the praises of this shrub or small tree.
It usually grows in dry stream beds but doesn't mind a supply of water, tolerates acid or alkaline soil and seems to be very adaptable producing attractive flowers.

However Chilopsis is only mentioned another three times in the 107 indexed  Journals, each time saying what a wonderful adaptable plant this is.

The drawing is by Derek Toms

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