Beautiful pink and white blossoms of Oleander (Nerium oleander) are gracing island yards this time of year.
The ornamental Oleander shrub grows well on Ocracoke. But, beware! All parts of this plant are poisonous. I have heard of island dogs dying after chewing on Oleander branches. The story has even been told of a Boy Scout troop that died after using Oleander sticks to roast hot dogs. This is probably an urban legend (see http://www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/oleander.asp), but this attractive plant is, in fact, very toxic. Enjoy it, but do not eat it!
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a tribute to a wonderful man who did
much for Ocracoke Island, Marvin Wyche Howard (1897-1969). You can read
it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052113.htm.