Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pergola.





I want my better half to build a pergola for me so I can park my teak table & chairs out there, hang a chandelier, grow wisteria on it, and enjoy some grilled meals out there under my happy little canopy of vines.

Is this too much to ask?

If so, then I just want this for now. Get on it.

25 comments:

Musette said...

when he's done, send him over to my house, okay?

xo

Emily said...

Me, too!

JJ said...

That's like 40 years of Wisteria growth. Good honking luck!

M said...

Do you want to lend my betterhalf ;)

Ivy Lane said...

I would wait til the kitchen is done and THEN have him build your pergola..slow down there g friend!!

Just kiddin'!

Kwana said...

Um, me too please.

Decorina said...

There was a swing/bed like that at my grandmother's house when I was a kid. I loved that thing and still covet one like it for myself. Sign me up!

Anonymous said...

If you had a pergola, you'd be able to install a swing bed any time you please - without worrying about a broken branch on the first bump & grind.

Then, you'd cultivate clematis until the Wisteria took off.

Also, a pergola is energy efficient in the Summer! You could weave sheets through the top for shade and privacy.

I think you should purchase the kit and hold a pergola-raising. It would be a house-warming party with sweat.

Decorno said...

Anon 6:01 - that is a PERFECT plan. Thank you.

mary said...

At this point, you simply can't live without the PERGOLA. After finishing the kitchen, you definitely deserve to put your feet up on the swing-bed hanging from the pergola.

Elizabeth said...

We are pergola obsessed too...I was going to trade out with a builder so we could get one for free, but that may fall through. Hubby nearly cried when he found out. We've had good success with Carolina jessamine growing quickly (covered a fence in less than 2 years) and its evergreen!

SH said...

I would trade my first born child for either pergola! She is 12 years old and acting very pubescent, so no offers yet. Just yesterday, I was talking (to myself as usual) and wondering how hard it would be to build one of these. I'm afraid it might be kind of like the other 2 projects I currently have going...one has taken over the dining room with no end in sight, and I am calling a pro on Monday to come get the other and finish it. That being said, I am ALWAYS ready to take on something new. My favorite part is spending a bazillion dollars on all the new tools required! Please share all the juicy details if your better-half decides to tackle this one.

Jill said...

I bought the Pottery Barn hanging bed last year. I bet they will feature it again when Summer nears. I'm still trying to figure out where to hang it. I have a pergola by the pool, but we often move the chaises aside and put a dining table under it. Not a good place for an unwieldy suspended bed. What a frigging quandary! Bougainvilla grows faster than Wisteria...

Patrick Gracewood said...

Think twice before planting wisteria. They can engulf an 3 story house (ours) and require a rigorous pruning schedule to get that kind of bloom. If not pruned they are like Kudzu or Kiwi and just keep growing. Try climbing roses.

kalliope said...

A pergola is a small luxury, and you should definitely go for it. Don't wait. We never considered ourselves "Pergola People" until last year on vacation in Mexico. Having one at home, will give you mini-staycations everyday!

Consider using fabric until the vines catch up. http://ichkalliope.typepad.com/ich_kalliope/2008/04/whats-a-pergola.html

Anonymous said...

We built a pergola three years ago. Rather, we had one built. It is wonderful. Our house has strong west exposure and it has greatly helped to reduce the sun coming into those windows in the kitchen and den. Our pergola is large, so we have a seating area and another area for our dining table. We spend a lot more time outside because of this beautiful pergola. I loved the thought of Wisteria but the landscaper told us to think twice. Although gorgeous to look at, it requires so much care to keep it from literally taking over everything. I caved in to his suggestions and he planted a flowering Jasmine. It grows yellow fragrant flowers and it's heavenly. Jasmine is also an evergreen vine that keeps that look all year long. I don't regret my choice. I still long for Wisteria, though. Sigh.

Margaret, Virgina

Anonymous said...

Beware the dreaded Wisteria. I pulled mine out 2 years ago & it's still trying to come back! Like Patrick Gracewood said, it's like Kudzu. It wrapped itself around absolutely everything and forced itself between my deck planks...ugh!

hello gorgeous said...

I had a pergola added to my daughter's playhouse when she was little. It was adorable.

We couldn't grow Wisteria which I was obsessed with back then (can grow it now and don't for some reason but our neighbors do and it's breathtaking when in bloom) so grew grapes instead. Within 2 years, it was covered and the kids could eat the grapes. I need to find a picture of it.

maya said...

I second the grape arbor suggestion. Can you imagine how wonderful? The twining stalks! The beautiful leaves! The spiral tendrils! Red leaves in the fall! And grapes, if you want them. Bliss. And they do really well mixed with climbing roses. Go for it.

Anonymous Hardware Guy said...

Dear Ms. Decorno,

Like I said last year about wisteria... It's PLANT DRACULA... You'll become one of them.

Follow the Jasmine road.

Grey said...

LOVE that swing/bench. Would love to see that as a part of outdoor seating for a wedding. Think I may have to post about it!

http://www.greylikesweddings.wordpress.com

Lolo said...

I'm still so in love with the scent and look of the Plant Dracula that I'm looking forward to this year's display on the pergola. This will be it's third year since planting and I guess I'll just have to vigilant about keeping it under control. Oh la, wisteria, clematis and climbing roses will hopefully all combine to give me a few weeks of gorgeous.

hello gorgeous said...

P.S. Smith & Hawken has pergolas in its new catalog. Don't know how they are priced versus hand-built.

JCB said...

These comments and ideas are amazing. I saw a hanging bed in South Carolina near Edisto Beach. It had been there hanging from an old Live Oak for about 40 years or more. It was an old spring frame that was, I'm sure, on its umteenth mattress. It looked wonderful.

Take a look at this website for a pergola that would easily hold the swing bed: http://www.pacificpergola.com/

These pergolas look like they will hold all the wisteria that will grow on them.

Anonymous said...

You are right.