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Old 19th December 2018, 20:04   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Villa - Plants/Trees

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yuccas need no water and have stunning flowers.
Are these white in colour or do they come in different colours?
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I may stand corrected, but I have only ever seen them in white. xx
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We had, and still have some yukkas, be careful if you have children, exceedingly dangerous leaves, they also spread rapidly and need to be controlled, their roots are incredibly difficult to take out.
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Oh yes, beware of anything spikey or prickly, we have had a few " incidents " with cactus, and other things. Which you do tend to forget about. xx
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Also Oleanders are poisoness if eaten, children need to be careful. One of our friends somehow got some sap on her lips (do not ask) and they swelled up significantly. I am only expressing caution, we have both in our garden.
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With yuccas we always clip the leaf tips. the other name for it is Spanish bayonet, and it certainly is lethal! I agree oleanders are a danger, I remember some years ago that some French people used oleander stalks to barbeque some food in S France and 4 were killed by the poison.
Thinking of drought tolerant plants, from our own experience we have a lot of success with amaryllis in pots, they look fabulous outside, not like the miserable ones you grow indoors in UK. Minimal watering needed as the rain will be enough. Another good plant is wisteria, we have it up the side of the house and also spreading across a bank where it flowers twice a year and smells divine. No thorns on that one but you need to prune it hard to keep it flowering every year. Several types of jasmine also do well, there's a type with glossy leaves and largish flowers (hoya?) which will take about a year to establish itself but then will take off if it's happy.
There is also a ground cover type of bougainvillea but it's quite slow growing and will do a lot of damage round your ankles if you need to get in among it to work. . Another ground cover is the Bodrum daisy, also hottentot fig which is a succulent with daisy type flowers in bright colours that drapes over walls and banks, so no spikes or thorns.


We also have a Pencil tree or euphorbia tirucalli which looks like a spiky sort of bush. It was there when we bought the place and looks quite architectural. Beware; it can cause awful reactions. It has a sticky milky sap which runs when you break off the smallest piece and can cause extreme pain and burning if you get it in eyes, or on face. see it here. https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&so...45403729733334

The reason I'm showing this is that our poor gardener had a huge allergic reaction to it and spent 3 days in hospital in agony, so please be careful. We always use gloves and goggles when we handle it, and the best treatment is an anti histamine type drug from the pharmacy called Zirtec.
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Thanks for that about the Pencil tree Kanga, something we didn't know about, yet we had one at the other house, thank goodness we didn't decided to chop it or anything, if I remember rightly, it got quite large. xx
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Good advice for everyone Kanga !
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