Sunday, February 12, 2012
Poppelsdorfer Castle was built in the early part of the 18th century in Bonn, Germany, as a summer residence of the duke. In 1818 the castle and surrounding garden was turned over to the newly founded University of Bonn. The garden (which contains 8,000 plant species), is now a popular tourist attraction, which is particularly impressive since it was completely destroyed by bombing in World War II and was subsequently rebuilt. Among the plants cultivated at the park are local endangered species, as well as rare plants from all over the world, including toromiru (Sophora toromiru), a flowering tree endemic to Easter Island.
This card is from one of my vacation RR groups. Thank you Sabine.
Awesome stamps. The tall ship is Passat, a four-masted steel barque of the shipping company F. Laeisz. She was primarily used for transporting cargo from her first voyage in 1911 until being decomissioned in 1957, and is now a museum ship moored in Lübeck. The stamp was issued in 2005. I believe the flower on the left is a definitive. It shows a marigold (Tagetes spp).