FOTD – February 28 – White Oleander (Nerium)

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.

(Click on pics to open in a new window and click again to see enlarged detail!) 🙂lovewillbringustogether - Oleander1

See if you can spot the bee in the image below? 🙂lovewillbringustogether - Oleander2

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.

link to:

Cee’s Flower of the Day – February 28, 2019 – Tulip Bud

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12 comments

    • That’s ‘progress’ i guess?? I’d prefer the Oleanders.

      It’s common here in Perth to have native plants dividing freeways one of my favourites are the Geraldton Wax bushes.

      Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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      • Unfortunately, oleanders are not as effective barriers as are concrete railings! They also took up considerably more space that could be used for an extra lane in widening the freeways.

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        • Ah yes – i am quite familiar with the never-ending ‘need’ to widen freeways and put in extra lanes. We’ve put a railway as a divider on one of ours!

          Of course, that presents a new set of problems. Mind you it does reduce the total traffic by about 5%

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  1. I have been waiting for your post on oleanders ever since I read your comment on Cee’s rhododendron post. I love these flowers. They smell so good! Reminds me of warmth and sunshine.

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    • They always are an indication of Summer and the warmer weather being here for me! I can remember walking neighbourhood streets on a Summer evening with a pleasant warm breeze blowing and being gently bathed in their sweet scents as you walked past. 🙂

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