This is the fourth post about the various parts of my dry tropics garden here in north -eastern Oz. For the previous parts, please click on the 'All About My Place' tab above this post. Alright now for the next instalment ....
The western side of my house is set into a section of rocky hillside ... which could have meant an ugly view from the windows on that side. This is not the case, however. The entire length of this western side has a greenhouse or shadehouse area attached.
The way we use greenhouses here in north Queensland is a little bit different to the way there are generally used. They're not used as a 'hothouse', as is the case in the northern hemisphere, but used more as a 'coolhouse'. They are covered in shadecloth that blocks out most of the sun's UV rays, giving much needed protection from that really hot and intense summer sun, and providing relief from the heat thus making the area inside a little cooler than the outdoors.
My Greenhouse/Shadehouse Garden area attached to the western facing wall of my house, makes a noticeable difference to the indoor temperatures on that side of the house. It provides a cool spot to grow many plants which would not survive out in the garden, especially during our horrible summers. It also provides a break from the winds we get around here. It's a lovely place to potter around in during the Summer when the sun's gone down - quite cool!
I've included a short video clip that gives some idea of what this area is like ... this was shot at the end of September which was our first Spring month. (Just a quick note: please scroll down and turn off the Playlist music ... on the sidebar ... as this will interfere with my commentary on the video clip).