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Garden Beauty stamps arrive

The Garden Beauty stamps feature photos of 10 flowers in glorious bloom.

These charmers are ready for their close-up.

Garden Beauty, stamps that feature up-close-and-personal photos of 10 flowers in glorious bloom, will be released by the Postal Service on Feb. 23.

The featured flowers are an allium; a dahlia; a sacred lotus; an American lotus; an Asiatic lily; a flowering dogwood; two tulips, one pink and white and the other orange and yellow; and two moth orchids, one fuchsia with mottled petals and the other yellow with a pink center.

Ethel Kessler, a USPS art director, designed the colorful stamps from existing photographs by Allen Rokach.

The stamps will be available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and

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