Enjoy the vintage seasonal postcards, specialty tartan collection and a bit of mood music!

Enjoy this special selection of tartans!   

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Roses

Rose Day
Feb 7

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, was inspired particularly by pink and yellow roses. ​

Spring Daffodil

the Birthflower of March
Mar 2

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, the colours are reminiscent of daffodils on a clear spring day. From the designer's notes: "The large yellow squares of yellow remind me of the trumpet of daffodils; the green is their leaves; the blue is the sky; the multiple lines overall remind me of how busy the spring can be in a garden."

Pansies

Plant a Flower Day
Mar 12

Sweet William is a favourite name for lovelorn young men in English folkloric ballads, e.g., "Fair Margaret and Sweet William," in which either one or both of the lovers die from heartbreak.

Sweet William

Plant a Flower Day
Mar 12

Sweet William is a favourite name for lovelorn young men in English folkloric ballads, e.g., "Fair Margaret and Sweet William," in which either one or both of the lovers die from heartbreak.

Sakura

Cherry Blossom Season
Mar 24

One of a set of four tartans in 'The Four Seasons' collection to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first treaty between Japan and the UK (1858) and the arrival of Thomas Blake Glover, the Scottish Samurai, in Nagasaki (1859). The sakura (cherry blossom in Japanese) tartan represents Spring.

Dandelion

Dandelion Day
Apr 5

The common name dandelion, from French dent-de-lion, meaning "lion's tooth" comes from the jagged tooth-shape of the leaves. ​

California Poppies

California Poppy Day
Apr 6

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan represents the bright splash of orange poppies against an azure sky.

Texas Blue Bonnet

Texas Blue Bonnet Festival
Apr 18

The tartan was adopted as the Sequicentennial Tartan and was officialy adopted as the Texas State Tartan on 25th May 1989.he colours of the Texas Bluebonnet district tartan owe their selection to the bluebonnet flower, a member of the lupin family, which is widespread in many parts of Texas. The flower changes colour with the passing of time, the 'brim' becoming flecked with wine red.

Hanami

Cherry Blossom Season
Apr 19

Created to celebrate Hanami (blossom-viewing), a centuries-old Japanese tradition of welcoming the Spring.

Peace Rose

Peace Rose Day
Apr 29

This rose was introduced in 1945 at the end of World War II.

Arctic Tundra

Iceland's National Day
Jun 17

The colours in this design represent the surprising number of flowering plants that grow low to the ground in the harsh climate of the Arctic Tundra of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia.

Icelandic Lupines

Iceland's National Day
Jun 17

This design was inspired by the fields of Lupines found in Iceland, where they were introduced in 1945 to combat topsoil loss. These somewhat aggressive plants display beautiful blue white and purple blooms.

Mountain Avens

Iceland's National Day
Jun 17

This design was inspired by the National Flower of Iceland. Mountain Avens are small evergreen plants with creamy white flowers and they form large colonies on rocky slopes and moorland all over Iceland.

Sunflower

Summer Solstice and Sunflower Day
Jun 21

The colours in this tartan investigate the deeper shades in the sunflower's seedhead.

Wild Mustard Dreams

Mustard Day
Aug 5

The designer of this tartan created this to share with family and friends in South Eastern Wisconsin and Northeast Illinois, where the Wild Mustard flower is a feature of the prairie landscape.

Chrysanthemum

The Double Ninth Festival
Oct 14

One of a set of four tartans in 'The Four Seasons' collection to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first treaty between Japan and the UK (1858) and the arrival of Thomas Blake Glover, the Scottish Samurai, in Nagasaki (1859).

Red Thistle

The Red Thistle Dancers' First Performance (1974)
Nov 17

This tartan was created as a tribute to The Red Thistle Dancers, a Scottish Dance performance group in Palo Alto, California, of whom this site developer is a member.

Rose in Full Bloom

Rose Day
Feb 7

There are over a hundred species of roses and thousands of cultivars. Roses have been cultivated since ancient times for their beauty and use.

Daffodils

the Birthflower of March
Mar 2

The daffodil is the national flower of Wales, and is often worn on St. David's Day on March 1. (In Welsh, the daffodil is known as "Peter's Leek", cenhinen Bedr/Cenin pedr.)

Pansies

Plant a Flower Day
Mar 12

Sweet William is a form of dianthus barbatus.

Sweet William

Plant a Flower Day
Mar 12

Sweet William is a form of dianthus barbatus.

Blooming Cherry Trees

Cherry Blossom Season
Mar 24

There are festivals all over the world to mark the blooming of cherry trees. In Japan, trees are watched carefully and festivals planned around their predicted bloom dates usually through March and April.

Spring Dandelions

Dandelion Day
Apr 5

A favorite game and pastime is the blowing away of the seeds to make a wish or to consult the thoughts of a loved one.

California Poppies

California Poppy Day
Apr 6

The California Poppy became the state flower in 1903.

Bluebonnets

Texas Blue Bonnet Festival
Apr 18

Scientifically named Lupinus texensis, the bluebonnet is also called buffalo clover, wolf flower, and (by the Mexicans) el conejo. It was adopted as the official state flower by the Texas Legislature in 1901.

Cherry Trees in Blossom

Cherry Blossom Season
Apr 19

Hanami (花見?, lit. "flower viewing") is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, flowers ("hana") in this case almost always referring to those of the cherry ("sakura") or, less frequently, plum ("ume") trees. From the end of March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan, and around the first of February on the island of Okinawa.

Peace Rose

Peace Rose Day
Apr 29

Considered one of the greatest roses of its time, developed in 1935, this hybrid rose was in the process of being refined by French hybridizer Francis Meilland during the war. It was one item spirited away on some of the last planes to leave France before German occupation during World War II.

Icelandic Tundra

Iceland's National Day
Jun 17

Around 490 plants grow wild in Iceland (see list of wild flowering plants and ferns in Iceland), a figure that includes both native plants and imported plants that have colonised the island, including clubmosses, ferns, flowering plants, and trees.

Icelandic Lupines

Iceland's National Day
Jun 17

The species of lupine that can be seen in Iceland is called the “nootka lupine” and was introduced for purposes of soil fertilization. The flower helps the soil by turning atmospheric nitrogen (N2) into organic nitrogen through using specialized bacteria living in the flower’s roots.

Mountain Avens

Iceland's National Day
Jun 17

Dryas octopetala, the mountain-avens, is an Arctic–alpine flowering plant in the family Rosaceae. It is a small prostrate evergreen subshrub forming large colonies. The specific epithet octopetala derives from the Greek octo (eight) and petalon (petal), referring to the eight petals of the flower, an unusual number in the Rosaceae, where five is the normal number.

Sunflower Seed Head

Summer Solstice and Sunflower Day
Jun 21

The seed heads of sunflowers generally illustrate one of nature's mathematical series, the Fibonacci sequence, a set in which each number is the sum of the previous two.

India Mustard

Mustard Day
Aug 5

Mustard plants are any of several plant species in the genera Brassica and Sinapis. Mustard seed is used as a spice. Grinding and mixing the seeds with water, vinegar, or other liquids, creates the yellow condiment known as prepared mustard. The seeds can also be pressed to make mustard oil, and the edible leaves can be eaten as mustard greens.

Chrysanthemums

The Double Ninth Festival
Oct 14

Chrysanthemum Day (菊の節句 Kiku no Sekku?) is one of the five ancient sacred festivals of Japan. It is celebrated on the 9th day of the 9th month. It was started in 910, when the Japanese imperial court held its first chrysanthemum show. Chrysanthemums are the symbol of the Imperial House of Japan.

Cirsium Occidentale

The Red Thistle Dancers' First Performance (1974)
Nov 17

The native red thistle species, Cirsium occidentale (also known as the Venus Thistle) and Cirsium arizonicum flourish on the West Coast of the United States.

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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