Easter Egg Hunting In The Daylilies?

Happy Easter

On this great spring holiday, I invite you to discover beautiful daylilies stamps and collectibles which will contribute to make your stamp collection blossom!

Without a doubt, Canada Post’s floral stamps series is definitely among the most popular ones. For this 7th issue, photographer Isabelle Toussaint shot these gorgeous daylilies at the Ottawa’s Experimental Farm, where all Canadian hybrids grow together in one area.


Canada- Daylilies - 7th In The Flower Series

Canada 7th Floral Stamp Issue : Daylilies (Booklet of 10 Self-Adhesives Stamps)

Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are native to Eurasia, including China, Korea and Japan. Their resistance to disease and pests, along with a level of hardiness that allows them to flourish in almost any soil type, under a variety of growing conditions, explains their popularity with gardeners and why they have been adopted widely.

The plant’s latin name comes from the Greek words hemera, meaning “day” and kalos, meaning “beautiful“. True to their name, individual flowers last a single day. However, since so many buds are produced at a time, the collective “flowerscape” remains in bloom for weeks.

Daylilies Souvenir Sheet - Canada - March 2012

Of the more 60,000 registered cultivars available, this issue features Hemerocallis fulua ‘Europa’, the common orange lily and the purple ‘Louis Lorrain’.

Pictured in the background of the souvenir sheet is the ‘Jeff Holden’, another daililly variety.

Source: Canada Post

Canada  Daylilies First Day Cover March 2012

Daylilies - First day Cover - Canada - March 2012

‘These stamps are also ideally suited for wedding invitations and reply cards throughout the year, whenever a splash of colour may be welcomed.’

Daylilies Prepaid Postcards Canada March 2012

Daylilies Prepaid Postcards - Canada Post - March 2012

Daylilies Prepaid Postcards

With the above pictured prepaid postcards, it’s now so easy for Canadians to keep in touch with their friends and families no matter where in the world they reside.

A great way to mail out wordly seeds of joy to nurture our loved ones ;-)


Sow Seeds of Joy To Grow A Garden Of Love


Talk soon!



Gretna Green Topical Postmarks on First Day Covers

Today I will share with you a cross blog post that I wrote on Scotiana.com website (…)

After reading Iain’s such informative article “Married at Gretna Green!“, I simply could not resist to google away in search of philatelic collectibles about this very unique romantic little town!


Gretna Green Topical Postmark 2001

Results from the Web were fascinating and I’m excited to feature some examples below:

Great-Britain-2001-First Issue Of Occasions stamps
Great-Britain, First Issue of Occasions stamps, Set of 5 , 2001

On BFDC ‘s website (an acronym for Bradbury First Day Covers), long time UK established company catering to First Day Covers stamp collectors, I discovered that it was a Gretna Green topical postmark that tied Britain’s first ever ” Occasions” stamps issue.

Wow.. a “Première” . ;-)

Gretna Green Postmarks 2001 Bradbury FDC
Gretna Green Topical Postmark ties Britain’s First Ever Occasions Stamp Issue

You might be wondering what is a “First Day Cover” (FDC)…. A First Day Cover is a cover franked with a postage stamp or stamps, postmarked and sent through the post on the first day they were officially authorised for use.

On the cover pictured above, the date of the postmark is 6 February 2001 which is the official date of issue for the set of five stamps commemorating various occasions or greetings: Thanks, Teddy baby, Cheers, Welcome and Love.

During my research, I found a variety of postmarks created for the little town of Gretna Green and they romantically adorn some very colorful First Day Covers:



Great Britain's Occasions Stamps Tied with Gretna Green Topical Postmark

Gretna Green Postmarks 2002 Bradbury FDC

Great Britain's Occasions Stamps FDC - Gretna Green Topical Postmark


Great Britain's Occasions Stamps FDC - Gretna Green Topical Postmark

GB- Gretna-Green-Postmarks-1981-Bradbury-FDC-St-Valentines day

Great Britain -Gretna Green Postmarks -1981 Bradbury FDC for St-Valentines Day


Great Britain, Gretna Green Postmark on a Benham First Day Cover with Teddy Bear cachet

I find these subjects are great ideas for a topical stamp collection created around stamps depicting Greetings, Occasions, Hearts, Love & Romance, or St-Valentine’s day.

You already collect postage stamps by subjects? Leave a comment below and share with us your favorite topics.

Talk soon.