Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Many of you have seen this canopy shade (1st photo below) I posted early this year. This is in Rafael Farm, Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Due to the high humidity in the area lots of ferns grow luxuriantly at the edges of the roof. I remember many of you appreciated it, and I am also awed by the growth which i want to emulate in our backyard. However, our place suffers from long dry season, which might not agree to this type of design. Our annuals including ferns and epiphytes die during the dry months.
In another area at the foot of the mountain here, I again saw a small garden with small sheds like the above. It utilized leaves of our endemic palm, anahaw (Livistona rotundifolia), which is also our national leaf. The base materials for the roof as well as the posts are bamboos, which also grow luxuriantly in this country.
The topside is covered with mesh nets to lessen wind damage and discourage birds from playing on the loose leaves. However, the edges at the bottom retains water which enhances growth of epiphytes.
Biodiversity finds its way so easily in these structures. The lower photo shows different kinds of ferns and epiphytes growing favorably. It is not uncommon to see orchids also growing there.
This is the full photo of the hut placed under the mango tree. It provides nice private area for cozy conversations, picnics or to welcome some visitors. Temperate country gardens can do away with open structures because they normally love the sun in cold weather. In tropical countries like ours, we need protective canopies from our hut sun and rainy weathers. The Araucaria sp near it provided more charm.
In another part of the garden a cozy table and chairs look very accommodating. In this country where the sun is already hot starting from 9:00am, these structures can just be used either very early or near dusk, and at night. But it enhances the beauty of the lawn.
Another nook in the other side of the garden used another style of canopy, this time utilizing a vigorously growing yellow bell, Allamanda cathartica. It gives a very beautiful sight when the yellow flowers are in full bloom. Benches and table are built under it too.
Now, which do you prefer as a canopy on your cozy garden nooks?
Posted by Andrea at 6:27 PM