Sunday, May 31, 2009

Registered cover from Israel

The stamps on this cover were issued by Israel on 29th April, 1952. This First day cover has been registered from Haifa, and has express post labels on it. This cover as well as stamps were issued to commarate the 4th Anniversary of the Proclamation of State of Israel. The stamps displays different flowers as well as different battlefields in Israel namely, Yad Mordecai, Deganya and Safed.

62 - Thistle - A common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae.
63 - Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus
64 - Anemone - Anemone coronaria

Friday, May 29, 2009

National Flower of Estonia

This stamp was released by Estonia on 7th April, 2000.

Rye is one of Estonia's most important crops. Mainly rye flour is used to bake Estonia's tasty and healthy "black bread". The beautiful blue cornflower, in Estonian literally the rye flower, has been chosen for a national symbol. The various common names include Bachelor's button, Bluebottle, Boutonniere flower and Hurtsickle.

392 - Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus

Friday, May 22, 2009

Wild flower from Netherlands

Netherlands is famous for its unique flowers. This is one country which exports various of its flowers grown here to many countries in the world. Even India, imports flowers like Gladiolus, Tulips, Carnations, etc to name a few.

This miniature sheet was issued on 15th March, 1994 along with three other stamps. The flower shown in the stamp is severely endangered and native to Netherlands.

856 - Fire lily - Lilium bulbiferum

Bouquet of flowers from Hungary

This souvenir sheet was issued by Hungary on 27th January, 1993. The stamp on the sheet displays the flowers which are cultivated in Asia. A small map of Asia is also seen on the sheet. This sheet is in correlation with the series of stamps released with the theme "Flowers of the Continents".

3381 - Bouquet of flowers

Blooms from Hong Kong

A registered postally used cover from Hong Kong posted to Bangalore on 6th February, 2009 and received on 12th February, 2009. The miniature sheet issued on 14th March, 2008 shows all the six stamps.

The cover bears a set of 6 stamps on flowers in the back and 2 others on the front. The flowers are painted by hand in a traditional Chinese manner and displayed on a computer-generated background.

Catalogue numbers to be updated at a later date.

$1.40 - Chinese Hibiscus - Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
$1.80 - Tree Cotton - Bombax ceiba
$2.40 - Golden Trumpet - Allamanda cathartica
$2.50 - Azalea - are flowering shrubs making up part of the genus Rhododendron.
$3.00 - Indian Lotus - Nelumbo nucifera
$5.00 - Morning Glory - Ipomoea purpurea

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Beautiful flowers from Singapore

Issued on 9th September, 1998 by Singapore, the set of stamps features eight common flowers of Singapore. Of the eight flowers, seven were introduced long ago from tropical America. The only local flower is the Dillenia Suffruticosa.

The four stamps which do not have any value mentioned are for local postage only and are charged 22 cents.

862 - Wedilia trilobata - Wedelia
863 - Dillenia suffruticosa - Yellow Simpoh
864 - Canna hybrid - Canna
865 - Caesalpinia pulcherrima - Peacock Flower
866 - Zephyranthes rosea - Zephyr Lily
867 - Cassia alata - Seven Golden Candlesticks
868 - Heliconia rostrata - Crab's Claw
869 - Allamanda cathartica - Yellow Allamanda

Australian Wildflowers

The displayed stamps were issued by Australia on 7th February, 2006.

The second issue in the definative series of Australia's most beautiful wildflowers, these four flowers are native to different parts of the country and are common within their respective ranges. The stamps were designed by Lynette Traynor.

2489 - $1 - Pincushion Hakea - Hakea laurina
2490 - $2 - Donkey Orchid - Diuris magnifica
2491 - $5 - Mangles Kangaroo Paw - Anigozanthos manglesii
2492 - $10 - Waratah - Telopea speciosissima

Monday, May 18, 2009

Rembrandt's Flora

Rembrandt's brand-new bride, Saskia van Uylenburgh, was probably the model for Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, springtime and fertility, here crowned with flowers and dressed in a costly gown. On 22 July 1634 Rembrandt married Saskia, and in the same year he painted his Flora.

Rembrandt portrayed a modest, charming Flora, dressed in a rather oriental costume. Her floral finery includes a red tulip, in those days a flower both costly and popular. Flowers also entwine the stick in her hand. The foliage in the background indicates the outdoor setting.

The original painting by the artist is said to be, in the The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Souvenir sheet issued by Russia on 12 December, 1973.

4148 - Flora - Painting by Rembrandt

National Flower of Bolivia

This Imperf Miniature Sheet was released by Bolivia on 28th June, 1962. There were 4 stamps issued along with this miniature sheet. The forth stamp has the same design as the second stamp in the sheet, with a value of 10,000b and dark blue in colour.

The Bolivian national flower is in fact a particular variety of Cantuta, the "Kantuta Bicolor" which has red petals, a yellow floral tube and a green calyx, reflecting the colours of the national flag, as shown in the second stamp.

Some of the common names include Magic-flower, Magic-flower-of-the-Incas, Magictree, Sacred-flower-of-the-Incas.

C237 - Cantua buxifolia
C238 - Cantua bicolor - National Flower of Bolivia
C239 - Cantua buxifolia
C239a - Imperf Miniature Sheet (shown)

Native flowers from South Africa

This miniature sheet was issued by South Africa on 6th September, 2006.

This sheet shows 6 different stamps numbered a-f. The flowers shown are species of Clivia, a genus of the Amaryllidaceae family, discovered by William Burchell and John Bowie in 1815 and 1820, respectively. The common name of this genus is Kaffir lily and Bush lily.

1363 -
a - Clivia nobilis
b - Clivia miniata - most widely cultivated.
c - Clivia gardenii
d - Clivia caulescens
e - Clivia mirabilis
f - Clivia robusta

Pre-printed, stamped FDC from Australia

This first day cover issued by Australia on 13 June, 1991 shows the pictures and commarates the 175th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

The Royal Botanic Gardens is a place of natural beauty, where people come for peace, relaxation, education and to learn more about plants and horticulture. Royal Botanic Gardens, an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city, boasts of several feature or themed gardens. There is a rose garden which consists of more than 1800 species.

Renowned Botanists honoured by Ascension Island

This set of 4 stamps was issued by Ascension Island on 28th August, 2008.
The botanists featured on the stamps were all eminent and learned figures of their time. As a measure of respect their fellow scholars would often accord them the honour of naming a new genus of plants after them.

35p - Valerius Cordus was a German apothecary whose detailed botanical studies advanced pharmacology in the early 16th century. The genus Cordia commemorates his name. Cordia sebestena is known as the Geiger Tree.

40p - Born in Warwickshire Nehemiah Grew practiced medicine in London where he became famous for his work on plant anatomy. The genus Grewia, which commemorates his name, is native to tropical Africa, Asia and Australia. The common names for Grewia occidentalis are Starflower and Four Corners.

50p - The French botanist, Charles Plumier, after whom the genus Plumeria was named, was born in Marseilles. Plumeria rubra is perhaps more familiar to people as Frangipani or Pagoda or Temple Tree.

£2 - Carl Peter Thunberg was born in Sweden and went on to study medicine at Uppsala University, where he also became a pupil of Linnaeus. The genus of tropical plants, Thunbergia, is named after him. Thunbergia grandiflora is known as Bengal Clockvine or Bengal Trumpet.

Catalogue numbers to be updated at a later date.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Aquatic Plants from Slovenia

This Miniature sheet was issued by Slovenia on 26th September, 2007.

The white water-lily is a symbol of slowly running and stagnant waters. Not many people are aware that in Slovenia, it is a native plant known primarily as a decorative plant of artificial water objects. It attaches to silt with a strong rhizome and on the surface, it grows large, floating leaves with veins in a netlike structure. The flowers are also of considerable size, growing 10 to 15 centimeters in diameter, and the green sepals transform into numerous petals which form the water-lily’s main “ornament”. In the middle of the hermaphroditic flower, there are numerous yellow stamens and a pistil with an ovary. The ovary matures into a green fruit with multiple seeds.

There are several kinds of species of water-lily, however, in Slovenia only the white water-lily can be found in nature. On the other hand, flower shops offer water-lilies of different colours of flowers, from pink and lilac to yellow. For this reason, the pressure on natural water-lily populations has been greatly reduced, as fanciers of water gardens and private ponds usually go for more lively specimens. Nevertheless, in Slovenia the white water-lily is a species in decline, a vulnerable species with falling numbers, especially along large rivers, such as the rivers Drava and Mura.

Catalogue number to be updated - Water-Lily - Nymphaea alba

Friday, May 15, 2009

Floral Hats from Ukraine

Its a common practice in many countries to wear flowers on clothing or direct on the body. This sheet has 12 stamps were the hats are decorated with different flowers and worn by people of Ukraine.

This sheet was issued on 8th August, 2007. Catalogue number to be updated.

Kansas - The Sunflower State

This FDC with a stamp on Sunflower was issued by USA on 10th May, 1961. It was issued to mark Kansas Statehood Centenary which completed a 100 years. The stamp shows a Sunflower, Pioneer Couple and Stockade.

Kansas is also known as a Sunflower state.

1183 - Sunflower - Helianthus annuus.

Daisy from Australia

This Maxim Card was issued by Australia on 11th May, 2000. It shows a, full bloomed Daisy. This stamp along with 4 other stamps on different motifs were issued in sheet of 20 stamps each with a label that could be personalized.

These sheets were sold for $12 of which $2 was donated to volunteer organizations of the purchaser’s choice. Volunteer organizations could purchase these sheets and offer them for resale in fund raising projects.

1830 - Daisy -Bellis

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Flowers from Ukraine

The souviner sheet shows different flowers from Ukraine. It is so beautifully pictured, showing a girl wearing the flowers on her head. These stamps were issued by Ukraine on 6th October, 2000. There are 10 stamps in the sheet numbered a-j.

402 -
a - Marigolds - Calendula
b - Chamomiles - Matricaria recutita
c - Hollyhocks - Alcea
d - Poppies - Papaver
e - Periwinkles - Vinca
f - Cornflowers - Centaurea cyanus
g - Morning glories -Convolvulaceae Ipomoea
h - Martagon lilies - Lilium Martagon
i - Peonies - Paeonia
j - Bluebells - Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Christmas Flowers from Anguilla

The displayed souviner sheet was issued by Anguilla on 22nd October, 1979. The flowers shown as different types of Poinsettias. These are flowers used in Christmas time for offerings and decorations.

A Mexican legend explains how Poinsettias came to be associated with Christmas.
Apperantly, a child who could not afford a gift to offer to Christ on the Christmas Eve, picked some weeds from the side of a road. The child was told that a humble gift, if given in love, would be acceptable in God's eyes.

When brought into the church, the weeds bloomed into red and green flowers and the congregation felt they had witnessed a Christmas miracle.

367 - Red Poinsettia
368 - Kalanchoe - Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
369 - Cream Poinsettia
370 - White Poinsettia

All the Poinsettias belong to the Euphorbia pulcherrima group.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Scent of Rose

The sheet displayed above is been issued by Australia on 27th January 2006. The specialty about the stamps are that it contains the fragrance of the Rose Flower embedded in it. The technology behind this is micro-encapsulation. In this process tiny particles or droplets are surrounded by a coating to give small capsules with many useful properties. A non-fragrant stamp also was issued along with this with its denomination being in solid grey colour.

To release the scent of rose one has to rub his finger accross the stamps.

2487 - Rose - Rosa

Fossil of the earliest known flowering plant species

Archefacteous Liaoningensis is known as the earliest flowering plant species known to mankind. The postcard displays the fossil of the plant which was known to exist, 135 million years ago. This fossil along with another fossil of Archefacteous Sinensis was discovered in China and together were formed to be in the family - Archaefructaceae.

The postcard is a pre-stamped and numbered, issued by China.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Roses blooming in Canada

This booklet containing 12 stamps x 47 cents each was issued on 1st August, 2001. There are 4 different species of Roses displayed in the stamps. These variety of roses are only grown in Canada.

1911 - Modern Centennial
1912 - Agnes
1913 - Champlain
1914 - Canadian White Star

2nd Issue, National Flower of Fiji

This stamp was issued on 1st December, 2003. This is the second issue of Fiji showing the National Flower. This stamp was sold in sheets of 10 stamps + 10 labels that could be personalized for $15 per sheet.

1004 - Tagimoucia - Medinilla Waterhouse

National Flower of Fiji

This stamp on first day cover was issued on 23rd April, 1987. This stamp is the first issue of Fiji which displays the National Flower. Same Souvenir Sheet issued Overprinted with CAPEX ’87 Emblem.

570 - Tagimoucia - Medinilla Waterhousei

Dahlias at International Garden Exhibition

This is a set of 6 stamps showing Dahlias of different species shown at International Garden Exhibition, Erfurt, Germany. Stamps were issued 17th July, 1979.

2022 - Rubens
2023 - Rosalie
2024 - Corinna
2025 - Enzett-Dolli
2026 - Enzett-Carola
2027 - Don Lorenzo

Native Flowers from the New Zealand

Flower stamps are the most beautiful and commonwealth countries have issued a number of marvellous stamps with using multicolour printing, stunning designs and quality.

Here is a set of 6 stamps issued by New Zealand on 13th Jan, 1999. Also, there is a souvenir sheet with stamps, 1567 & 1568. The flowers displayed on the stamps are as below, the names mentioned are local and botanical.

cat no: 1563 - Kotukutuku - Fuchsia excorticata
cat no: 1564 - Poroporo - Solanum aviculare
cat no: 1565 - Kowhai - Sophora tetraptera - National Flower of New Zealand
cat no: 1566 - Weeping Broom - Chordospartium stevensonii
cat no: 1567 - Teteaweka - Olearia angustifolia
cat no: 1568 - Southern Rata - Metrosideros umbellata

First Stamps on Flowers in the World

The first stamp issued, by Nova Scotia in 1851 also the first Diamond shaped stamp of the world,showing the flowers - Rose, Thistle and Shamrock known as the Heraldic Flowers of the United Kingdom, and the Crown in the center. This design was also adopted and used by the other Canadian Provinces namely New Brunswick (issued 1851) and Newfound Land (issued 1857).