Clive pruned the grapevine over the High Pergola today. Temperatures are climbing, with expected maximums approaching forty degrees this week.
The evaporative cooling effect of the leafy canopy helps drop the temperature in the area adjoining the house and by leaving the small high windows open we aim to encourage the flow of air through the house without allowing heated air in.
Unfortunately the other grape vines on the pergola on the western face of the bedroom wing were killed last year by borers, so we now need to reassess that area. We are thinking that a combination of shadecloth, plus wisteria and grape vine in certain areas may be the solution.