A year ago I wrote about the sad demise of my pergola on the back deck, brought down (literally) by a rampant wisteria. I grieved its loss. It was a verdant, shady space and it seemed stark and uninviting once the pergola and greenery were removed.
But time heals all things, even pergolas, and Mr Judge has built a pergola that will outlast me. It will outlast the house. It may well outlast the apocalypse. It has a small shade sail that will have to suffice until the greenery re-establishes itself.
Having learnt at first hand the ferocity of a feral wisteria, we opted for an ornamental grape instead. Hopefully it will turn a rich shade of red during autumn. Its growth has been phenomenal. We only planted it in October and it has grown about 3 cm a day and is still growing. We’re now starting to train it along the wires.