The Oleander (also known as Nerium) was a common sight in Summer in my youth but these days they are getting harder to find. This is quite possibly due to the fact that every part of the plant is toxic to animals, including man – in fact some suspect it takes it’s name from latin and greek words that mean ‘I kill man’! Before any wives get too excited it can apply equally to women also. 😉
This fine specimen below looked beautiful against the blue sky background as it hung over someone’s boundary fence and into the alleyway behind some local streetfront shops.
Oleanders can come in colour ranges from pure white, through pinks and deep red/vermillion.
For some strange trick of memory (that i’m hoping to find out about as i write my brain manual!) i seem to associate Oleanders with Rhododendrons and may interchange their names. From a distance they can sometimes appear quite similar plants, but Rhodies have more detail in the flowers.
These photo’s were taken with my smart phone camera which i am still trying to figure out how to alter settings so as to get the best image.