The ground here is getting softer, as the rains move in and the temperatures rise, but the forecast still warns of snows and single digit temperatures before the end of the week. Lovely. It will be a month or more before I can really get out there are start the laying of the brick - but once that weather leaves a window of opportunity for this to begin, I'll drown you all in photos of the process, and then photos of the "room" decorated. (I'm excited already!)
I know it will take years for the vines I plan on planting around the pergola to cover it completely, but once it does, what a wonderful feeling that will be? Surrounded by scent, and color, shape, and shade. Ah ... bliss.
The brick patio beneath the pergola will be a great floor for outdoor events and dining. Holding the heat from the day, and releasing it at night, I expect that the pergola will be a place of constant comfort, and hopefully a place where many glasses of wine will be shared among friends and neighbors.
Rich plantings around the pergola will hopefully (in a few years) make for a fanciful entry, complete with a water feature and tropical plantings, like Canna's and Banana Palms. Pssst! I started my Canna's last Wednesday.
The garden is a whimsical place, the sights and sounds of mother nature lead you into an ethereal dream land of positive thoughts and explorations. Where would be a better place to spend a Saturday evening with a good book, or a close friend than under the boughs of a pergola draped in ribbon like leaves and fragrant colorful flowers?
And another plus? The dining space. My home is wonderful, but the dining room doesn't allow for seating for more than 8, comfortably. The pergola, with it's 18x11 rectangular expanse, will be the perfect option for larger dinner parties, centered around the garden, with grilled delights and glasses of wine. I'm already planning the first event! Are you free?
I've spent a lot of time planning out the brick patterns, the pergola shape and size, and even the plantings for around the space. I've researched soil conditions for grapes and clematis, and the best paint for exteriors made from pressure treated wood. Having done my homework will hopefully make this an easy and enjoyable process.
And of course, the day will come, when it's all complete. The freshly painted pergola sturdily poised, atop a herringbone scrabble board of antique brick. And the time will come when furniture, curtains, accessories, and lighting will take over my imagination, and the "room" will come together.
As much as I've tried to keep from doing the decorating first, I have spotted a few things I know will be a great addition to the space ... and I'll share those soon. Until then, enjoy Pergola's Plus ...
And look forward to an interior decorating blog soon, featuring some interesting burlap curtains I know you'll all appreciate, made by yours truly!