Friday, February 21, 2014

Florida Green Roof and Living Wall Plant, Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis, Amazing Intense & Brilliant Orange Color

Here are a couple photos from an amazing living wall vine, Cape honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis with super intense, bright orange blooms.  
Florida green roof, living wall plant Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis, Daytona shopping mall
If you love orange then this living wall vine is perfect for you.
Florida green roof, living wall plant Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis, bright orange blooms
Cape honeysuckle is not native to this area so please take this into account when planting or using in a landscape.  We always first and for most recommend the use of native vines for living walls where possible.  Cape honeysuckle does exhibit some aggressive growing tendencies but the species is not listed on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council's invasive plant list (yet).

This vine based wall was covered with pollinators the other day!
Florida  living wall plant Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis, Daytona shopping mall another view
It appears Cape honeysuckle is very drought tolerant.  

The vine has reached out and begun to wrap around adjacent hardscape so we'd recommend regular pruning to keep the plant neatly trimmed in place.
 
Florida green roof, living wall plant Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis
Living walls are so very beneficial to the community, delivering;
  • a cooling of Urban Heat Island Effect
  • cleaning and treating storm water
  • sequestering carbon dioxide and carbon
  • lots of fresh oxygen on a daily basis
  • beauty and creating a sense of place
  • communal and foraging habitat for birds and wildlife
  • integrative pest control
  • and so much more...
What an amazing display of color! Cape honeysuckle's ability to create a stunning living wall of green and orange certainly deserves recognition for eye catching artistic beauty.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Green Roofs Design for Coastal Projects, Florida Green Roofs

Just a quick note this morning.  Nature is the very best teacher about all things #GreenRoofs.
Learning Green Roof Design - mimic Mother Nature, learn from Her
We are working on the design of a green roof for a structure along the seashore.  I learn so much from each site we work with; yes, from the site itself.

Spending time sitting, walking, watching, listening, hearing, feeling, understanding your project's surroundings and immediate ecosystem is one of the best ways to understand the design variables you must consider when planning for a green roof, regardless of the project's location.

Book learning is always good.

But knowing your site is better.  Sit and watch the wind blow through those plants growing on your project's site.  Get a feel for how the sun shines on each different species.  Look for water impacts and sources.

Nature is the very best #GreenRoof teacher around, and best of all she does not charge tuition, she just requests you listen, smell, touch, taste and embrace.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Measuring Green Roof Wind Impacts, Low Cost Anemometer

Anyone who has read my posts here know I am a firm believer that the two most significant impacts Green Roof plants may encounter on a roof are light and wind.
Here is a short video on how to make a low cost (and quite pretty) anemometer for assessing daily wind speeds across the location where your green roof may be installed.

For more information concerning wind impacts on green roofs check out additional posts on the blog under the topic 'wind and green roofs', including http://kevinsonger.blogspot.com/search/label/wind%20and%20green%20roofs