Report on Sprekelias

Lauw de Jager
Tue, 29 Apr 2008 06:17:26 PDT
Dear All, 
About amonth a go Mary Sue transmitted an appeal for 6000 Sprekelia flowers.
I followed it up with  Spaniards from Santiago de Compostela. After  looking
through Europe  (and Isreal) 3000 bulbs have now been planted here. Awaiting
the flowers impatiently for the end of May, which will be used to welcome
the pilgrims on the famous trail which leads to Santiago.
To explain the relation here is a little extract of some thoughts Karl King
in March 2002:
 " Among the many subjects I don't know much about, Medieval heraldry is
one. If someone out there can help me solve a little mystery, I will be most
appreciative. Simon de Tovar provided the first (that I know of) European
description of a Sprekelia in a letter to his friend Clusius. He compared
the tepals of the flower to the blades of the sword emblems of the St. Jacob
 I just hope thre will be ful  flowering on the 30th of May when the
Pilgrims gather in Toulouse.
 Many thanks to Mary Sue  for ging thi  lead

Kind greetings
-- Lauw de Jager
South of France (zone 9 (olive trees)


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