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Pansies – summer greetings

Swedish post issued a set of postage stamps for domestic summer greetings depicting pansies. This popular flower is found in abundance with blazing colors and is one of the most common plants in Swedish borders and gardens.

Pansies are very popular in Sweden, one reason being that they are cold-resistant and can survive in temperatures as low as –5°C/23°F. Pansies can be planted out in borders and gardens as early as April. The small plants await gardeners in garden centers and greenhouses: yellow, pink, white, blue and red in all kinds of attractive shades.

The flower is good value for money, making This year’s stamps for domestic summer greetings depict pansies. This popular flower is found in abundance with blazing colors and is one of the most common plants in Swedish borders
and gardens. The stamps are being issued in a booklet of ten self-adhesive stamps and four designs, and on a coil.
it possible to buy a lot and create a mass impact in the garden. A border full of brilliantly colored pansies is a signal that spring is here and we are leaving the gray, brown drabness behind.

Pansies are hybrids of different violas of various origins. The pansy is in fact a biennial plant, but it is used as an annual. Pansies grow 20–25 centimeters high and blossom from the beginning of May.The species is called Viola x wittrockiana and was named for Swedish botanist Veit Brecher Wittrock, who was in charge of the Bergius
Botanic Garden in Stockholm at the end of the 1800s. Wittrock is also famous for introducing provincial floral emblems in Sweden in 1909.

Title: Pansies – summer greetings
Date of Issue: 13 May 2010
Country: Sweden
Denominations: 15 Kr x 4

Source: www.posten.se

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