November 2, 2015

2005 FRANCE (Grand Est) - Jonquille under the snow of the Vosges Mountains


Narcissus pseudonarcissus, commonly known as wild daffodil or Lent lily, is a plant species in the genus narcissus bulb and family Amaryllidaceae. It has pale yellow flowers, with a darker central trumpet, and is the most common narcissus in Europe. Flowering occurs from March to May (it depends on the geographical area and the local ecotype). During the spring season often appears in large colonies in the meadows and forests. In France is considered relatively common in almost all the country, until 2000m altitude.

In Vosges Mountains, the narcissus, locally named jonquilles, are very abundant in lush meadows, particularly on the western slope. Some Alsatian area, such as the ruins of the Hohlandsbourg Castle, near Colmar, are renowned for the exceptional density of yellow narcissus. In the Vosges, the winter is snowy, cold and long, so the appearance of narcissus is a joy and is celebrated with parades of chariot, beads and other floral ornaments.

About the stamps

The first stamp is the one issued by France for Europa stamps 1965. Designed by Hoerder Karlsson from Iceland, it depict three leaves, which represent Posts,Telegraphs and Telephones. 

The second stamp was issued in 2006 to mark Opening of new Paris tramway.

The last stamp, depicting Hotel de Ville de Bruxelles, was issued by France as part of the Europe Stamp 1973 - stylised Post horn (designed by the.Norwegian Leif Frimann Anisdahl: 3 Arrows represent Posts,Telegraphs & Telephones).

Sender: Zipp
Sent from ??? (??? / France), on ??.10.2015
Photo: Joël Couchouron

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