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Portmeirionlore: Botanic Garden Bread and Butter Plates

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There were six original 7 inch Bread and Butter plates in the Botanic Garden range, when it was launched in 1972:

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They were the Spanish Gum Cistus, the Trailing Bindweed, the Meadow Saffron, the Citron, the Daisy and the Barbados Aloe.

Most motifs were from The Universal Herbal, by Thomas Green,  published ca. 1820:

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The Meadow Saffron, here seen with the original:

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The Trailing Bindweed has differences in the position of the lettering:

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At one point the Trailing Bindweed had a butterfly change, the colorful old butterfly was replaced by a yellow and blue one:

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The oldest versions of the Bread and Butter plates have the script writing, later versions have other lettering:

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Here is the original set with the newer lettering:

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Very soon there was a seventh motif on the Bread and Butter plates, the Spring Gentian:

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Spring Gentians now are rare and hard to find. A pity, it is such a lovely motif, with its small, bright blue flowers.

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Later Bread and Butter plates were

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the Ivy Leafed Cyclamen, the Barbados Cotton Flower, the Blue Primrose, Snow-Drop and Crocus, the Pansy, the Fuchsia, the Small Narcissus, the Rhododendron and the Barbados Cotton Flower.

As can be seen, there are two versions of the Barbados Cotton Flower, one with three flowers and one with two:IMG_4319

There are also two versions of the Snow-Drop and Crocus, he older one being lighter, whereas the newer version has darker colours:

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On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Botanic Garden special sets were for sale, comprising of one cup and saucer and one bread and butter plate:

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There were two different plates, the Snow-Drop and Crocus and the Small Narcissus. They had the special anniversary backstamp:

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And here is my latest, the Arborea:

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There are several motifs that occur not only on Bread and Butter plates, but also on Salad Plates, or on Dinner Plates, or on all three, such as the Pink Parrot Tulip :

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There are more such sets of three;

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They are the Flowered Chrysanthemum, the Virgins Bower, the Christmas Rose, The Honeysuckle and the Asiatic Magnolia.

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Here are a few sets of Dinner Plates with Bread and Butter plates, the Lily Flowered Azalea, the African Lily and the Sweet Pea:

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These are Salad Plate motifs on Bread and Butter Plates, the Garden Lilac, the Treasure Flower, the Dog Rose and the Eastern Hyacinth:

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There were Bread and Butter plates without the Botanic Garden leaf border, here are the Trailing Bindweed, (new version) the Pansy, the Blue Primrose and the Fuchsia:

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There is a Millennium Bread and Butter plate:

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Portmeirion have the Botanic Roses range, one of the roses is the Portmeirion Rose:

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Other sets of Botanic Garden Bread and Butter plates are the Flowers of the Month.They are: January – Snowdrop, February – Sweet Violet, March – Wild Daffodil, April – Primula, May – Bluebell, June – Dog Rose, July – Pinks, August – Pansy, September – Aster, October – Dahlia, November – Bell Heather, December – Hellebore:

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The Botanic Birds. They are the Chickadee, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Baltimore Oriole,  Scarlet Tanager, Lesser Goldfinch and Western Bluebird:

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and the Exotic Botanic Garden: Bird of Paradise, Moth Orchid,  Winged Passion Flower,  Hawaiian Hibiscus,  Dragonfly , Red Ginger and White Waterlily:

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And this one, a do-it-yourself plate perhaps?

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Millennium Plates

Portmeirion produced the Millennium Collection in 1999 and 2000. Most items featured the new Portmeirion Rose, such as the dinner plate:

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and a range of smaller plates, bowls and dishes:

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Here is a 9 inch plate:

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One Millennium plate comes from the Botanic Garden range and has the Garden Lilac:

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There was a 13 inch platter, made exclusively for Debenhams, featuring the Lily Flowered Azalea, with the green Botanic Garden border. Mine is a trial, with a gold border:

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Here is the backstamp:

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