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Apr 19, 2015 5:50 PM CST
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Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
I hope you can see this picture from Country Living Magazine. Isn't that an amazing structure? I was thinking about growing some English Ivy over the North side of my greenhouse to help keep it warm in the winter. It is the shaded side of the greenhouse. and so what if a few vines meander over the front and the other side?? What do you think??

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Apr 19, 2015 7:45 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River Twp, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Bee Lover Butterflies Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Greenhouse Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Enjoys or suffers cold winters
It certainly looks beautiful!!
“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." ~ Albert Schweitzer
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Apr 19, 2015 8:49 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Interesting, but I don't see any "warmth" to be gained. Last I saw, my plants don't produce heat. Whistling
drdawg (Dr. Kenneth Ramsey)

The reason it's so hard to lose weight when you get up in age is because your body and your fat have become good friends.
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Apr 19, 2015 10:58 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Plants on walls provides another layer of insulation, perhaps not heat, exactly, but insulation properties much like your solar blanket does @drdawg, but of course, certainly not the very same intensity. I have a bunch of English Ivy because as you know it grows fast and can be invasive. But I am reading it should only be grown on brick or stone as it is strong enough to bring down a poly panel like on the GH. So, I guess that's out for now. The ugly Mylar panels will go up again next winter to guard against the north side cold.
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Apr 20, 2015 6:16 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Do you also use some solar blanket material, Cheryl?
drdawg (Dr. Kenneth Ramsey)

The reason it's so hard to lose weight when you get up in age is because your body and your fat have become good friends.
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Apr 20, 2015 5:40 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
No, @Drdawg. We usually don't get cold enough to require more than a little extra heat inside the GH for frost protection here in the deep South. I was able to keep the GH at 65º this winter. It cost a pretty penny but the plants thrived in it, like winter never happened. I think with better inside insulation, and dropping it down to a liveable 55º, I will save some money next year.

I am thinking growing vines in a long trough with trellis it would be pretty and add that bit to the North side insulation. Adding the greenery would also hide it from our HOA.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
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Apr 20, 2015 8:10 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Thumbs up Hurray! Whistling

I am glad I don't have to deal with an HOA. In fact, I wouldn't live under an HOA authority. I'm sort of independent. Sticking tongue out
drdawg (Dr. Kenneth Ramsey)

The reason it's so hard to lose weight when you get up in age is because your body and your fat have become good friends.
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Apr 20, 2015 8:11 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Well, I do but I don't, you get what I'm saying?? Thumbs up
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
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Apr 20, 2015 8:12 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Yep, my kind of philosophy! Thumbs up
drdawg (Dr. Kenneth Ramsey)

The reason it's so hard to lose weight when you get up in age is because your body and your fat have become good friends.
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Apr 20, 2015 9:49 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River Twp, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Bee Lover Butterflies Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Greenhouse Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Enjoys or suffers cold winters
I agree (that's why I live out in the middle of nowhere Hilarious! )
“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." ~ Albert Schweitzer
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May 4, 2015 7:51 AM CST
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
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I agree But I'd rather live in the middle of somewhere! Rolling on the floor laughing

HOA's can be good in some cases, albeit, not many, we just talked to someone who has been using theirs to deal with sloppy problem neighbors. In most cases though the bureaucratic, authoritarian exercise of power seems to be their only goal.
Ric of MAF @ DG
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May 4, 2015 8:09 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Too many housing options to have an HOA run my life. If I want to leave my garage door open, it is no ones business but my own.
drdawg (Dr. Kenneth Ramsey)

The reason it's so hard to lose weight when you get up in age is because your body and your fat have become good friends.
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May 4, 2015 9:58 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
I can leave my garage door open without issues. It's things like dead cars up on blocks in driveways, RVs parked for extended time on driveways, grass growing over the curb, cars/trucks parked on the (narrow) streets for extended time, fences in bad need of repair, hot pink or purple houses and the like, that our HOA scouts around for and I am glad for it. But limiting the size of my greenhouse I don't like.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
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May 4, 2015 10:14 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River Twp, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Bee Lover Butterflies Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Greenhouse Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Eric4home said: I agree But I'd rather live in the middle of somewhere! Rolling on the floor laughing



Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Ric, I don't have to drive too far to get to "somewhere" ... Whistling
“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." ~ Albert Schweitzer
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