I used to "collect" stamps. Not in any kind of hobbyist way. I just sort of hoarded them, and when word got out, people started giving me stamps. I don't really care about stamps, per se. I just like the little pictures.
I'm putting (most of) the stamp album in the garage sale pile. But first a few pictures.
I'm surprised how few of my stamps have any horticulture interest.
And of those stamps that are hort-y, most are banal. (Do you think that accurately reflects most people's feelings about plants?)
But this winter aconite is nice.
And this twin flower, whatever that is.
It goes without saying that botanical names are rare.
I've always liked this House of Representatives stamp.
Only a few states have horty stamps.
California's stamp features one the state's most noxious weeds, Carpobrotus sp. which makes for some unfortunately accurate iconography if nothing else.
Notable American gardeners? Yeah, right. Landscape architects, yes. Did the phrase "landscape architect" even exist in Olmstead's time? I wonder.
And of course painters of flowers are always stampable.
I'm sure you agree this one has resounding garden interest!
Other countries in my stamp collection tend to be even less horty.
Australia has some of the best stamps, period.
Deviating for a minute, this French stamp of Cesar's thumb is my all-time favorite. (altho' I think there is a garden sculpture of this thumb.)
Garden creatures are popular.
Carnivorous plants have a high charisma rating.
And these American landscapes are nice.
So, that's that. Thanks for coming by to see stamps!
Now, if you will please excuse me, I have to feed my troll. You know how some gardens have gnomes? Well, it turns out some garden blogs have trolls! Mine considers me nosy, tacky, and pitiable, and she's tired of seeing my neighbor's yard. And yet she finds time to visit me almost every day! I'm going to feed her some meat.
Saturday my neighbor finally repaired the damaged sidewalk in front of his house (we had nothing to do with it).
He had the worker mulch his backyard with the waste concrete!