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Re: Oleander

Oleander is not an overused plant in our neck of the wood. Since it's not hardy here, I keep it in the garage and it does fine. I love the salmon colored blossoms in the summer. It blooms and blooms.
I'm glad that I had transplanted it to a large container, one that doesn't fit through the green house door, otherwise I would have lost it as I did all the plants in the greenhouse. On the coldest night this winter, 17 degrees, the heater didn't kick in. I could have cried.
Godi zone 7
Mt. Vernon, VA

----- Original Message ----- From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 12:24 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Oleander

Hm...I've never had a bad smell on my Oleander, at least not that I noticed
from a normal distance. Never stuck my nose on a bloom though, not yet. I
really love the bottlebrush blooms too, but they only bloom in the spring,
where as the Oleander, at least here, blooms pretty much all year through.
Granted it is an overly used landscape plant, but it is definitely low
maintenance, and does well in droughts as well as floods. Birds love to hid in the
evergreen foliage year round, and the hummers and butterflies love the flowers.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 2/22/2006 11:12:18 AM Central Standard Time,
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Ugh! I hate oleander. It is everywhere here and stinks when it is in
bloom. A most unattractive plant in my opinion! I'd take a
bottle-brush bush over oleander anyday. At least the hummers like the
bottle-brush blooms (I dare you to say that 3 times fast!)

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