Archives For July 2014

Vintage Seed Packets

July 31, 2014

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Falcons

July 30, 2014

Falcons are small to medium-sized birds of prey with long and pointed wings and notched upper part of bill. They are found all across the world though they prefer the more temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Falcons are best known for the ruthlessness and superb flying abilities. There are more than 60 species of falcons and they are found in all habitable parts of the planet.

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Falcons are strong, fierce birds with large feet with long, carved talon and hooked bills. They are birds of prey and are therefore known for their hunting skills and known as a dominant predator within their environment. They have keen eyesight and swift in flight and pursue their prey with rapid wing beats. Falcons vary in size from 25 cm tall to more than 60 cm tall but the height of the falcon depends on the species.

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Falcons are roughly divisible into three or four groups. The first one contains the Kestrels which are a familiar sight with their pointed wings and long tails, usually small and stocky and can sometimes be sexually dimorphic. They can be seen hovering beside roadside verges. They are found in various habitats including farmlands as well as urban areas. They feed on small mammals and birds.

The second group contains slightly larger and more elegant species, the Hobbies and relatives. The Hobbies are very swift falcons with long, narrow wings and is often characterized by the considerable amount of dark slate-grey in their plumage. They feed on smaller birds and insects.

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The third group are the Peregrine Falcon and its relatives. The Peregrine Falcon is a large and powerful falcon with long, broad, pointed wings and a relatively short tail. They mostly live along river valleys, coastlines, mountain ranges and increasingly in cities. The Peregrine Falcon almost exclusively feeds on medium-sized birds such as waterfowl, songbirds, waders, doves and pigeons.

The final group contains the species of hierofalcons namely: Lanner Falcon, Laggar Falcon, Saker Falcon and Gyrfalcon. Their undersides have a lengthwise pattern of blotches, lines or arrowhead marks.

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Rainbows

July 29, 2014

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Bristol Crown Ducal

July 27, 2014

Crown Ducal was founded by the A.G. Richardson & Co. Ltd of England in 1915. The company produced a wide variety of tableware over the years. Their famous artist Charlotte Rhead worked for the company and designed several of the company’s patterns that are a favorite amongst collectors.

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One of its patterns however called Bristol wasn’t designed by Rhead instead a Romantic Transferware pattern called Asiatic Pheasant is said to be the basis of Crown Ducal’s Bristol pattern. It was a very popular in the early 19th century. There was a conjecture that Crown Ducal purchased the rights to Asiatic Pheasant and produced it as Bristol.

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The first piece under the name Bristol appeared in the 1920s. Bristol can be found in five different colours pink, blue (a bright cobalt blue), grey-blue, greenish teal and purple. The grey-blue colour is the least popular among collectors and is relatively cheaper. The greenish teal colour is rare and would cost more. The Bristol pattern is prone to staining and this often affects the total value of the piece especially in common pieces.

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Multiple sizes and shapes of coffeepots and tea pots are available in a variety of colours in this pattern alongside side several serving pieces adding to the pattern’s huge following. However collectors are finding it hard to find coffeepots and teapots in pristine condition. It appears that a large number of tea-related pieces have been marketed largely in Europe making them somewhat hard to find elsewhere.

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Lady Carlyle Pink China

July 26, 2014

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Sunflowers

July 25, 2014

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Golden Celebration

July 24, 2014

Golden Celebration was bred by David Austin in the United Kingdom in 1992. This is possibly the most beautiful golden yellow English rose in commerce. It is classified as a modern shrub by the American Rose Society and is a cross between Charles Austin and Abraham Darby.

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This English rose excels in its vigor making a large upright shrub quicker than most other roses. The three inch flowers are a clean yellow, very double, highly fragrant and are continuously flowering in summer and autumn.

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It has excellent shapely growth, forming a nicely rounded, slightly arching shrub with ample foliage. It is very reliable and easy to grow. An ideal rose to mark any celebration or important event. The flowers are initially Tea-scented but often develop a wonderful combination of sauterne wine and strawberry.

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This rose can be grown in the ground or in a container, it is susceptible to blackspot and requires spring freeze protection.

More info can be found here: Antique Rose Emporium, Help Me Find, Royal Horticultural Society and David Austin Roses.

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Violets

July 23, 2014

 Purple violets, along with pansies and violas, are members of the Violaceae plant family. Violets are a genus of spring flowering plants with around 400 to 500 species. They are native to temperate Northern Hemisphere and are also distributed in Hawaii, Australasia and the Andes in South America. Some species of Viola are perennials while others are annuals and a few are small shrubs.

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Violets typically have heart-shaped scalloped leaves and a vast majority of the viola species are herbaceous. The flowers are formed from five petals. The shape of the petals and placement defines many species. Violets often bloom in spring, but many species produce self-pollinated flowers in summer and autumn.

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True violets have been known for centuries with ancient Greeks cultivating them about 500BC. Both Greeks and Romans have found many uses for violets including herbal remedies, wine and to sweeten food. The Ancient Greeks considered Violets the symbol of love and fertility.

Violets are easy to cultivate through root cuttings or seeds. They are easily grown in sun or shade and are best grown in the dappled shade of a deciduous tree. Violets like well-drained and fairly rich soil so work in a spade full or two of compost at planting time for best results. Plan violets four to six weeks before your region’s last frost date and plant them 4 to 8 inches apart. Water moderately for they do not need huge amounts of water. Fertilize once after blooming starts. Not all species of violets are desired- wild violets are considered weeds by some people and are regarded as a problem in shady lawns in North America.

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Viola flowers have many uses including being used to decorate salads or in stuffing for poultry or fish. An extract of violets make a sweet syrup used by the French and the Americans to make violet scones and marshmallows. Violets have also been used as a source of scents in the perfume industry.

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Vintage Pyrex

July 22, 2014

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