OUR JULY GARDEN WINTER FLOWERS AND OUR GREEN WALLS NEW
talking about green walls as promised i added some photos of our green walls and some of our winter flowers
Rural Australian Gardens NEW
i love Herald Sun - Alex brought a new present last night from his work: Rural Australian Gardens hard cover book - not that i will be reading but the pictures are so awesome... it will be in our house library next time you visit - please ask for it to browse through...
8 years ago I opened my front door and discovered two boxes full of freshly printed books from Bayda Booksstore, the books donated to our Club by Yuri Tkacz. the shop owner. There was one book that I really loved reading The Ringing Cedars of Russia. I had only two books in the lot and I bought the rest of the books from the set of 9 or 10 (dont remember) soon after. Feel very sorry that this shop is closed now in Brunswick and Yura sells only online or by appointment only, as I bought great number of books from him... but still you can contact Yura and buy, and order anything staring from rare Russian and Ukrainian DVDS, CDs and books (hard copies of course). Books... I just like the scent of; paper-ish and print-fresh...
Anyway... going back to Anastasia and The Ringing Cedars of Russia. Yura did not even suspect that his donation played a vital role in my mind expansion after reading books about Anastasia. He had no idea how it changed my journey... I know now that all seeds and plants have consciousness: they know and remember who held them and how they were planted and who is looking after the plants that grew from them, who is watering them as it is all about energy and much more... An apple or a lemon tree will produce the crop that the person planted the tree requires: they will provide the farmer with the nutrition he/she lacks in his/her diet as the plants connect with you as all living matter is connected. Anyway... I read all The Ringing Cedars books long time ago... some of the ideas sound mad and ridiculous for those closed up. I accepted most of these books' ideas. Today I wanted to share with you some of the articles I found today on The Ringing Cedars website.... please follow me... The article I publish today is from the Ringing Cedars website Green Walls May Cut Pollution in Cities
A living wall bursts with vegetation at Paris's Musée du Quai Branly—a type of green wall that's catching on in some big cities.
These vegetated surfaces don't just look pretty. They have other benefits as well, including cooling city blocks, reducing loud noises, and improving a building's energy efficiency.
What's more, a recent modeling study shows that green walls can potentially reduce large amounts of air pollution in what's called a "street canyon," or the corridor between tall buildings.
For the study, Thomas Pugh, a biogeochemist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and his colleagues created a computer model of a green wall with generic vegetation in a Western European city. Then they recorded chemical reactions based on a variety of factors, such as wind speed and building placement.
The simulation revealed a clear pattern: A green wall in a street canyon trapped or absorbed large amounts of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter—both pollutants harmful to people, said Pugh.
Compared with reducing emissions from cars, little attention has been focused on how to trap or take up more of the pollutants, added Pugh, whose study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
That's why the green-wall study is "putting forward an alternative solution that might allow [governments] to improve air quality in these problem hot spots," he said.
by Christine Dell'Amore
"Vertical gardens," as they're sometimes called, can visually enhance an otherwise forgotten space, noted Paul Erlichman of the Toronto-based group Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
"Walls are the more underutilized spaces in our urban areas," he added.
There are three types of green walls: Living walls, green facades, and retaining living walls, he said.
In green facades, vines and climbing plants or cascading ground covers grow into supporting structures, according to the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities website.
Living walls are composed of pre-vegetated panels, modules, planted blankets, or bags that are affixed to a structural wall or free-standing frame. Finally, retaining living walls are engineered living structures designed to stabilize a slope.
In Madrid, plants turn a wall in the Paseo del Prada bright green.
Green walls are particularly useful in reducing pollution in street canyons, which are "a particular kind of oddity in that they tend to trap air within them, while over the city as a whole the air circulates freely," Thomas Pugh noted.
Because a green wall's vegetation is working with a much smaller volume of air in a street canyon, he added, it's more effective at absorbing or trapping the pollutants than if it was tackling a whole mass of air above the city.
However, Pugh cautioned, "we need more research to understand just how effective green walls can really be in real locations."
A green wall creates a colorful tableau in Copenhagen's Kongens Nytorv (Royal Square).
The European Union sets standards for air pollution and imposes fines if levels within a country exceed those levels, noted study leader Thomas Pugh.
London and some cities in Western European countries in particular have had trouble keeping air pollution in check—making green walls a possible solution.
Against the Wall
The ability of green walls, such as this one at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, to cool street canyons is especially key in the summertime, Thomas Pugh noted.
"If you have a surface covered in plants," he said, "when the sun's heat hits them, instead of just warming up they send a lot of energy back into the atmosphere as water vapor. Whereas a concrete wall would heat up and send [the heat] back into the canyon."
There is a beautiful 2011 Chelsea Flower Show took place in London.
Each year Green Roofs for Healthy Cities issues the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence. The 2013 winners will be announced in October at CitiesAlive: 11th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in San Francisco.
According to the organization's website, green walls may improve your mood as well as your health.
"Studies have shown that visual access to natural settings leads to increased job satisfaction and productivity ... and post-operative recovery rates in medical facilities," the website says.
How Green Walls Work
Many living wall systems also have built-in irrigation systems in which water is harvested at the bottom of the wall and recirculated back to the top, as seen above.
The types of plants on green walls differ, but can include grasses, vines, and other climbing plants—all of which must have strong root structures, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities' Paul Erlichman said.
Green Wall Benefits
Green Wall systems combine great design scope with a number of ecological and performance benefits:
A well designed and maintained Green Wall can significantly enhance a building's appearance - whether it's to add a new aesthetic dimension, disguise a car park, refresh a tired façade or add colour and texture to a complete wall or section.
Regulate temperature and reduce carbon footprint
A green wall used on appropriate elevations can reduce energy costs by both providing an additional layer of insulation in the winter (keeping heat in) and acting as a screen to the sun in the summer (keeping the building cool).
Protect building façades
Green wall systems can help to protect a building's façade and extend its life, acting as an effective shield to heavy rain and hail and helping to protect from the damaging effects of UV light.
Provide wildlife habitats
With a strong base from the trellis and appropriate planting, a green wall can provide an ideal habitat for wildlife. In many cases, it can also provide an alternative habitat for any wildlife displaced during construction, with the option of integrating bird houses within the structure.
Improve air quality
A green wall in an urban area can help improve local air quality, both by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, and by trapping dust and other pollutants.
In areas where graffiti is a potential problem, green walls can act as an effective deterrent, making the application of graffiti to the building structure almost impossible.
By adding a layer of insulation (both thermal and acoustic) green walls absorb sound - making a positive impact for both the building's occupants and the local environment.
Green Wall Applications
Green Wall technology may be used for a wide variety of projects - both new build and refurbishment for a variety of building types.
From small garden projects to large industrial and commercial developments, the benefits of Green Wall systems are being realised across the public and private sectors.
With carbon reduction targets a key focus for many public sector organisations (particularly schools and hospitals), Green Walls can play a contributory role, significantly helping to reduce a building's carbon footprint.
In schools the systems can also deliver educational benefits, encouraging pupils to engage with the problems of carbon reduction and climate change and with broader ecological and environmental issues. Specific systems can be designed to suit a range of plant types, and as a habitat for different wildlife.
Green Wall systems require very few small fixings and therefore the impact on, or potential for damage to a building's façade is minimal. Similarly, the system is set away from the wall so, with the correct plant choice, plants will not damage the façade and systems may be used with confidence on existing buildings, even those that may be listed.
Recent developments in vertical faming techniques also demonstrate the potential and versatility of Green Wall systems. Using large urban structures to grow crops on their facades, buildings would become 'farmscapes' - effectively with green walls providing a sub-structure to support the growth of crops such as fruit and vegetables.
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ABOUT YELLOW JACKETS AND THE BENEFITS OF WASPS IN THE GARDEN
there is just a link to Ringing Cedars of Russia that I want to publish here fyi on this subject - I was surprised as we always tried to get rid of them back at our dacha in Moscow. Even here, in Australian these insects are very annoying... but now we know...
just finished - from 10am - three hours of gardening, autumn leaves cleaning and the rest of time - cleaning the garage with Yoshi Lis... well 'thank you' is said to each other and exchange of kisses followed... like my mom says: "it's so clean, that there is nowhere to spit at - except at ourselves :)" and yes, we are all covered in dirt... just two dirty people we are :) should go have a shower.
new discoveries though: i found a young shoot of silver birch tree about 20 cm high ; it probably started growing from our neighbours' mother-tree seeds; we had to re-plant the seedling to the 'right' place... not that many flowers are left for winter. i took some photos. and take a look at the pumpkin - what all this fuss growing all around our garden was about? - to get us a couple of plum-size pumpkins? strange crazy plant it was! - just a waste...