The second set of British Flora Post and Go Faststamps will be issued on 17 September 2014, coinciding with Autumn Stampex at London's Business Design Centre in Islington. The stamps will also be available from the nationwide network of Post and Go machines which means that three* different versions will be available from the day of issue.
Designed by Kate Stephens using illustrations by award-winning Bath artist Julia Trickey, the six stamps show forget-me-not, common poppy, dog rose, spear thistle, heather and cultivated flax.
The forget-me-not is a common flower in cottage gardens, and grows wild if allowed to!
Common Poppies are widespread in the countryside notable along verges and in cornfields here in Norfolk, where we have Poppyland (an area near Cromer named in the 19th century by author Clement Scott), the 'Poppy Line' or North Norfolk Railway, and a Poppyland brewery.
The Dog Rose is widespread in roadside hedges, and even climing up into higher branches of trees.
Spear Thistle (or common thistle) has a purple flower atop a swollen, spiny green base and spear-like tips on the leaves. Its flowers provide a feast of nectar and pollen for insects in late summer.
Heather is widespread in moorland parts of Britain including the Pennines and Scotland.
Cultivated Flax has been grown for centuries for making cloth and linseed oil, traditionally used to finish and refresh cricket bats. Now included in commercially available wild bird seed, it is often seen in gardens.
I'm pleased to say that we have all except the thistle and heather here at Norvic towers!
First day covers and presentation packs will be available as usual.
* The stamps in post office branches will be dispensed from Wincor-Nixdorf and NCR machines while those at Stampex will provide a third version.
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