British Spring Flowers

Sunday, March 27, 2011

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The clocks went forward one hour in Europe in the early hours of the morning today and the March equinox came and went several days ago, so it is now officially springtime! In Rome, balmy temperatures and blue skies have also heralded in the new season and the cyclamens have been in bloom for a full month now on my balcony. Viridian's Postcard Blog is celebrating spring in the blog meme Sunday Stamps this week, so I thought this 1979 set of British Flowers stamps issued on the first day of spring that year on 21st March, would be a perfect match, featuring as it does, four typically springtime blooms. I remember buying this set as a child and it came as quite a jolt to realise that over thirty years have past since I really looked carefully at these stamps!

British Flowers Presentation Pack

British Flowers Presentation Pack

This is the front and back of a presentation pack issued by the British Post Office and designed by John Gibbs and illustrated by Janet Marsh. The message behind these stamps was to encourage people to stop picking these once-common flowers to ensure their preservation for generations to come. The stamps themselves were designed by Northamptonshire artist Peter Newcombe. Newcombe is a landscape artist and these stamps are essentially landscapes in miniature with each flower shown in its natural habitat.

9 pence – Primroses (Primula vulgaris) along a bankside of a country path;
10 pence – Wild daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) a rare find in open grassland;
11 pence – Bluebells (Endymion nonscriptus) at the foot of a tree in open woodland;
13 pence – Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) flowering just before the springtime and able to resist harsh weather.

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British Flowers Presentation Pack 21 March 1979
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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

postcardy March 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm

That’s a good message to preserve the flowers.

These stamps seem to be really popular today!

viridian61 March 28, 2011 at 1:05 am

Lovely flowers shown so naturally – no matter how many times we see them today!

Joy March 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I think this is a Sunday Stamps hat-trick:-) Just shows what a great set of stamps they were. The cyclamens blooming in the warmth of Rome sound a delight.

Bob Scotney March 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Snap! I though about adding the text from the pack about each flower and decided against it.

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