Sunday, May 17, 2020

Flowers, Canada

Hello guys

Since few days ago, we have entered some summer heat, even though it is just like middle of May, but temperatures have gone above 35 ℃ ☀ which is too much for this time of the year.
In general, I seriously detest the summer in this city and am certainly not willing to have to deal with it this early 😖

Well at least warm weather is compatible with today's Sunday Stamps theme of flowers... and since I couldnt decide between these two Canadian covers, I decided to post them both and spare myself the trouble of choosing :) (Thanks to Bryon for the trouble 😈)

Just let me tell you in advance that I am terrible when it comes to knowledge about flowers as well as taking care of them... if you have left some flowers under my responsibility, they certainly will end up suffering (you can ask my current boss about this.. boy was he angry 😄😄)

Btw, 2020  is also the International year of Plant Health, so here is one commemorative post to it!

This first one is actually a Valentine Day's issue from 2019, on February 14th,  showing some beautiful fragrant Cape jasmine gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides).
It is said that giving gardenias was known as a way of saying ‘I think you’re lovely’ during shy Victorian times while these days, the white petals are considered a symbol of purity, making gardenias a popular choice for weddings. 
It is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, Madagascar and Pacific Islands and just now I learned that these belong to the coffee family.

The other cover comes with some lovely Lotus flowers issued on 1st of March 2018.

It is an aquatic perennial and it grows from root-like rhizomes that form in the bottom of shallow ponds and marshes, producing leaves and flowers that rise above the water. The species featured on these stamps are the pink and white sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) and the creamy yellow American lotus (Nelumbo lutea).
It is the national flower of India and Vietnam, and is a symbol of divine beauty that carries deep religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus. It is native to tropical and temperate regions of Asia and Australia.
 Rare and threatened, the American lotus needs warmth and sunshine to survive. Its northern grow limits are the shores of Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair in southern Ontario, with other populations found in wetlands across the eastern United States and as far south as Honduras.

Lotus flowers always remind me of one fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen called Thumbelina, and when she drifts along the water, full of lotus flowers...

Check out some more beautiful floral items over at Sunday Stamps!

And enjoy your Sunday!


  1. Great covers today. Love that dragonfly.

  2. That top postmark I believe is from Canada’s most northerly post office. Eureka is a research station, population 8, according to Wiki!

    1. I actually wanted to give a comment on the postmarks as well, but was interrupted by some unforeseen events and then just it slipped my mind... and yes, the Gardenia come with Canada's most northerly post office (where I highly doubt flowers bloom, haha).

    2. I didn't know... "Eureka" is a beautiful name for a place!

  3. The scent of gardenias is very pleasant. I wish I lived in an area where I could smell them outdoors.
    (and there are flowers in Nunavut, but they tend to be the small creeping kind that are close to the ground. I think we should have a series of stamps celebrating Arctic flora!)

  4. These two flowers are difficult to grow in my little vertical "garden". The envelopes are gorgeous!

  5. I didn't know lotus grew in the Americas, beautiful and fascinating flowers, nothing sticks to it surfaces. I like the northerly postmark and of course gardenia, nice sheet.

  6. I don't think I have ever seen an actual gardenia. Great covers.