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Here are some photos of the recently completed pergola in my back yard.

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It has done exactly what I was hoping for, which was to turn a pleasant but ordinary patio into an outdoor room. The angled posts pick up a design motif from the front of my mid-century house. I will be staining the posts and beams but leaving the rafters and purlins natural cedar, and will be planting Bignonia capreolata "Tangerine Beauty" to climb the posts as soon as my local nursery gets in a new supply. I was very happy to find a wet-rated ceiling fan with simple lines to help keep things a little cooler in the Florida heat and, I hope, keep some of the no-see-ums away. The light string has 11-watt sign bulbs, which provide just the right amount of light for dining al fresco, which I consider one of the world's great pleasures.

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  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Dec 20, 2011

    the lighting at night is pretty cool...you lucky dogs down in the tropics can use your outdoor spaces year round...we only get three or four months...but at 10 to 20% humidity...its worth it.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    360 Sod (Donna Dixson) Buford, GA
    on Dec 20, 2011

    Is that a red Hibiscus blooming?

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Dec 20, 2011

    Yes, Four Seasons, and showing no sign of stopping.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    360 Sod (Donna Dixson) Buford, GA
    on Dec 20, 2011

    mmm pretty! What about the bug population - did you have issues this summer, if so how did you deal with them?

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Dec 20, 2011

    Have not had a single issue with that hibiscus. I think it's grateful for having been rescued from an arid, shady planter on the front of the house. i found it struggling there when I bought the house, and literally pulled it out of the ground at the end of an exhausting day of planting. I basically just stuck in the back yard and shoveled some dirt around with an "if-it-makes-it-it-makes-it" attitude. It has more than met the challenge.

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