Our lovely Live Oak Trees, "The Spider", in particular.
"Spidey's" accomplices, "Little Bit" and "Fingers"
Don't be fooled by their good looks
Keep raking and stop whining.
A beautiful Staghorn Fern that has thrived since infancy under it's protective older Oak sisters. And "Bromeliads Gone Wild". Started from one plant in planter about 8 years ago. Could never grow grass in this area, but the "Bromies" have gone gangbusters. I have had to separate them several times for their scandalous behavior and some now reside out front, under "Fingers".
"Bananas" The Staghorn Fern. So-named for her banana peel addiction
Our very prolific "BGW"s. I think there's a very incriminating video of their activities out there somewhere.
The Real Payoff:
Lots of lovely shade in the hot, Florida summer and frost protection in the winter.
Aaah, the green. Not a brown leaf in sight.
Of course, "they" love it.
Uh, raking is good exercise? Um, the Yard Waste guys need something to do? Er, Oak leaves are good for some plants, but bad for grass? Ah, okay, a month of picking up leaves (won't even mention the 2 months of acorn rain this year) pays off with happy trees that keep our house protected from many, many things.
Boston Lady out.