Shrubbery Issues · · PAGE 29.
September 23, 2016: The shrubbery
around the house needs attention as seen in the following images. There
are two types of climbing vines on the front wall behind the hibiscus tree.
This is a wider view of the photo above. The three glass blocks
allow light into the master bath toilet area. The brown leaves in the top
of the hedge are where I trimmed the top of that bush and missed some of the
trimmings when I was cleaning up.
From the street view, you can see the hibiscus tree is almost as tall as
the top of the house. There is ONE red flower visible in this photo of the
hibiscus tree. Now that fall is here, it can be pruned back to the height
of the rain gutters.
This Google Earth view from June 2011 shows the beginning of the
shrubbery. Something between these two images is what needs to be
done. There are no ferns around the tree philodendrons or the hibiscus
tree. ONLY ONE FERN is seen at front edge of that area. It has been
fruitful and multiplied. The left side of this image shows the tree that
was on the west side of the house before the lightning strike.
Here is another of my photos showing the tree philodendrons seen in the
image above. It shows how the ferns have taken over the open space seen in
the image above. The ferns seen in the lower left of the image below are
around the base of the oak tree seen near the front corner of the lot in the
Google Earth image below this photo.
This second Google Earth view shows the west side of the house from June
2011 and how the shrubs were "NEW". There are some ferns at the
base of the oak tree in front of the tree philodendrons. The photo above
shows how they have now encircled the base of that oak tree. The short
palm tree located near the three glass blocks that allow light into the master
shower is just a few feet high in this image. It is now well above the
gutter. The large group of tree philodendrons at the left edge of the
image is well established.
This view is focused on the tall palm tree and the tree philodendrons near
the northwest corner of the lot. There is another species of palm tree in
front of the tall palm that is about 6 or 7 feet high in this image. Today
it is easily about 10 feet high.
Ferns around the large oak tree need to be pulled out. Jermaine
showed me just how easily they can be uprooted. I will give it a try and
show the results a future web update. I took all these photos the day
after his visit on September 22, 2016.
Here is my photo showing the palm tree at the corner of the master
bath. You can see how the ferns have covered every inch of the ground
around the palm and the tree philodendrons in that area.
Here is a closer view of the ferns around the philodendrons seen in the
image above. This is part of the reason the word "jungle" has
been used regarding the shrubbery.
This is the 10-foot tall palm in front of the tree philodendrons near the
NW corner of the log. The trunk of the tall palm tree is mostly hidden in
These bushes are located on the north side of the Florida room and
probably kept anything from hitting the sliding glass doors. Carol asked
me not trim them since they also provide some privacy. The golf course
being closed for several years makes that a moot point as no one plays that
green behind the house. That development project appears to be on hold by
the Saint Johns River water management agency.
I took this photo of the bottle brush tree to show how much taller it is
from the Google Earth image seen below. It is seen leaning toward the
street in both images.
This image not only shows the tree leaning to the street, but it also
shows how everything was trimmed
Last of all are the views of the shrubbery from the front of the house.
And of course, the Google Earth view from June 2011. The shadow of
the tree on the ground also indicates the leaning toward the street. The
bare spots in the "grass" are still there now five years after the
image taken by Google Earth. The word grass was in quotes as it is really
a ground cover plant, not sod or grass.
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