...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES
SOLTIMES AUGUST 2011
• Retractable Awnings • Toldo Plano (glorieta) y until olida on hBlinds • Balcony • Vertical Blinds r beCovers • Window New epte•m 6th sBlinds • Repairs at least 150 colours to choose from
Tel: Mick: 676 583 246 From La Marina to San Javier
SOLAR POOLS COVERS - ROLLERS HEATPUMPS - FENCING
GARDEN & HOME...
wild flowers with jenni At this time of the year, where rain has not fallen for months, you look over the landscape and you wonder how anything can survive let alone flower, yet dry riverbeds across Spain and the barrancas in the La Pedrera Reserve turn bright pink with the unmistakable blooms of oleander (Nerium oleander)
Established 40 years in the UK
Although the plant contains include oleandrin and neriine, which affect the heart, and the bark contains rosagenin, which acts in a similar way to strychnine, even if poisoned it is highly unlikely to cause death in adults, although children, dogs and horses are at greater risk. The claims of just how poisonous it is is seems to be disputed with one article claiming that ¨A single leaf holds enough poison to kill a small child¨ but yet Wikipedia reported that although there were 847 poisonings, only 3 resulted in death and all those were intentionally ingested. One women it seems died from self-administering “an
Discount on 400 micron Solar Pool Covers
Discount on Rollers and 500 Micron Covers 400 Micron Solar Pool Covers with all pool heat pumps
6m x 3m
8m x 4m
8m x 5m
10m x 4m
10m x 5m
12m x 6m
For more prices & information Alan 966 765 378 / 649 784 193
Trade Enquiries WELCOME
The artificial grass experts
Known simply as Adelfa in Spanish and baladre or llorer rosa in Catalan, it is a highly toxic, evergreen shrub or small tree that is also used widely in the central reservations of motorways here in Spain & are available to buy in local Garden Centres. Even though the whole plant is poisonous, many gardeners choose to grow them because the are incredibly drought resistant, thrive in poor soils and have beautiful scented flowers. They are available in singles, doubles, and there are a large variety of colours to choose from. In fact, I
• 8 years manufactures warranty • Many different effects for all surfaces and budgets • Full garden design & construction • Fully Legal & Registered Company • Covering all Costa Blanca
undefined oleander extract” both orally and rectally¨, perhaps hearing and reading on the Internet that the Root, taken locally and internally, has been used for centuries for abortion. There seems to be no evidence that there is no toxicity or deaths reported from topical administration and this is borne out by the fact that it is used for a number of folklore and herbal preparations to cure everything from herpes & hemorrhoids to snake bites & insecticide.
Call us now 636 102 509 www.eazylawns.es
The moral of the story seems to be is stay informed as ´ignorance is certainly not bliss´when it comes to this plant. Wear gloves & take care when handling and disposing of it but continue to enjoy the beauty and the fragrance of its blooms this summer. .. Jenni
cyclogical Calle Los Arcos 7 Quesada, 03170
~ Cycle Sales ~ Repairs ~ ~ Hires ~ Clothing ~ For more information call Gary or Lynn on:
637 487 377
www.cyclogicalcostablanca.com *Ladies Bikes Bikes *Kids Bikes available *Kids Trailers for (Seats 2) hire *Tandems *BMX Bikes
*Mountain Bikes *City Bikes *Childs Bikes *Child seats *Tag-A-Longs *Touring Bikes
full service all bikes 15€
Plus a great selection of spares & accessories Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30 - 17.30 Saturday 10.00 - 14.00
have a number in my garden here at Casa La Pedrera, but it is important to dispose of the cuttings carefully as the leaves, even when dry, are still toxic and the milky white sap can cause irritation to the skin. It is also not advisable to burn the cuttings & dry leaves, as apparently even the smoke can be poisonous and there is a old story that I have heard from an old Spanish gardener that Napoleon lost a few hundred soldiers here in Spain because they had roasted meat on oleander sticks.
Creative Concrete Design Pattern Imprinted Concrete
Perfect for paths, patios, driveways & pool areas. A Re-sealing service is also available for existing concrete.
Casa La Pedrera Grand Design House & Outdoor Activity Centre excursions & trails take place on & around the beautiful La Pedrera Lake. Choose from Quad Biking, horse & pony treks, canoeing, fishing, archery & air rifle shooting. For more in visit www.thingstodoinspain.info or call Jenni on 660816620. Don´t forget our Summer Bash with 80ties music, BBQ, Pool fun & much more this Friday19th at 6.30pm. Are you bored with the TV stations you receive? We can help with our “Black Box”
Cost effective & rapid installation. Low maintenance & weed free Permanent positive texture & colour.
Anti-slip, ideal for steps, patios & pool areas. For tiles or concrete.
plus 100’s more!
For a complete package quote, with no hidden extras contact
Office: 966 261 718 Mobile: 647 124 172 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.creativeconcretedesign.org
Call 96 679 5552 / 96 618 2707 / 696 566 940 Call For Demonstration and Details
Sol Times Newspaper issue 191 Costa Blanca Edition