Jersey post issued six stamps featuring Garden flowers enjoyed in the gardens of both Jersey and China.
The stamps are drawn by stamp artist Martin Mörck and painted by Wang Huming in Beijing, China and the flowers featured are Magnolia, Camellia, Azalea, Hydrangea, Chrysanthemum and Peony.
Garden flowers on Jersey stamps
In a world of so many diverse cultures, the vast country of China and the little island of Jersey couldn’t be further apart.
It is heart-warming to think that despite numerous differences, certain aspects of everyday lives are the same, including some of the flowers that are grow in Jersey gardens.
Jersey soaks up more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the British Isles and boasts a fantastic variety of beautiful flowers which adorn the streets, parks and gardens.
For over 100 years, the Jersey Battle of Flowers has grown to become one of the largest floral carnivals in Europe and is a major highlight in the Island’s summer calendar.
In Chinese culture, flowers hold a privileged position and represent a language that conveys specific messages.They can represent months, seasons, happiness and good luck as well as death and ghosts, and are infused into Chinese art and poetry.
An important saying ‘Hua Kai Fu Gui’, means ‘when flowers bloom, prosperity comes’ and each flower carries its own particular symbolism.
Two stamps, featuring the Chrysanthemum and the Peony, have been presented in a Souvenir Miniature Sheet together with a poem written by Li Bai, one of the greatest poets in Chinese literary history.
Title: Garden flowers on Jersey stamps
Date of Issue: 22 September 2015
Denominations: 47p x 6
Source: Jersey stamps