Here is a little teaser of the Patrick Blanc inspired ‘green wall’ I’ve been working on, to beautify an otherwise exposed concrete section of the brewery facade.
It consists of perspex sheet backing boards, two layers of synthetic felt (moisture retention mat) and some galvanised chicken wire, retained by ironbark strips on each side. A copper basin at the bottom catches the nutrient-rich water as it trickles down the felt via capillary action, before recirculating back to the top via a submersible pump powered by a small solar panel, enabling automatic watering whenever the sun is shining.
The wall is sparsely planted for now, consisting of sun-tolerant native rainforest species including ferns, grasses, collected on the property. Hopefully as the plants thrive and more are added the grey felt and wire will disappear behind a mass of lush greenery.
The wall faces north (the sunny side down here, for the hemispherically challenged reader), which I expect will present an issue in the summer. The wall has a decent eave overhang, but I may need devise some sort of shading nonetheless.
No doubt I still have plenty of learning and troubleshooting ahead of me, but I am already finding myself eyeing off ‘unused’ walls around the house where this could work…
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