A new series of postal labels, FRAMA, featuring old garden plants started in 2006. In March, the time has come for the second issue of this series and this time, we find Aland cottage peonies on the labels.
The Swedish artist Inga-Karin Eriksson has designed the 2007 labels with dazzling peonies spreading out across the label. In the background, two sailing boats sail by.
The cottage peony (Paeonia officinalis rubra plena) is the most common sort of peonies in older Aland gardens. It grows in the wild from France to Hungary and Albania. The Latin name officinalis shows that it has been used as a medicinal plant. In ancient Greece, the peony was well-known for its healing qualities and as a haemostatic.
Rubra means red and plena means full, whereas paeonia is the Latin generic term for all peonies.
A peony spray adorns the first day cover, and the motif of the first day cancellation is that of a peony bud.
Date of issue: 1 March 2007