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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Secret Garden Progress - July 2012

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a great week. Sweetheart is golfing today and the sky is very smoky. 
There is a fire about 7 miles from here and the planes are flying overhead trying to contain it.
I've decided to stay inside and catch up on some blogging research and get a few posts ready to publish.
I love to blog...

Go Here for Story 
If you have been following my blog  for awhile or you are new, sweetheart has been building my pergola since 2011.  He finished the before part of the project in October 2011.
And now he is busy installing a beautiful floor.

Our wonderful next door neighbor has this fabulous tractor.  We borrowed the tractor for the afternoon to level the area for the new floor.
Doesn't Sweetheart look like he is having a great time Playing?

I look at these photos and think of Tim Allen the 'Tool Man' grunting away! 
I'm sorry sweetheart if I'm picking on you... You are wonderful to build this beautiful space. 
You are amazing!

We had about 300 brick leftover from another project around our home and wanted to use them up.
Great idea~Use the brick and clean the storage area.
The pergola is on the East side of the house. 
It has shade in the afternoon that's  a  real plus since the West side of the house is cooking at 115 degrees in the afternoon.

The pattern stacked bond is used for the edges and we used sand  as the base for the brick floor.
 We wanted rain or water from the plants to filter into the ground and not have standing water on the bricks.

Construction site

Oh My Gosh ~ I love this man.  Down on his hands and knees for me.
He is almost finished. He has placed the center bricks in the usual running bond pattern

The space in the center is going to be used for a table and chairs, but the space needed more dimension so we found some basket weave brick pavers at Lowes to put around the edge.
I love the way it looks with the red bark spread around too. 

The flower beds are next.  Sweetheart is waiting until the temperature drops into the low 90's or high 80's
before working outside again. 

While the weather is hot outside I'm inside designing the landscape.  
I'm so excited!

This is a view from our patio. 
The plant in the corner by the fence is my beautiful 'Sally Holmes' being very neglected..
Hopefully by this time next year I will be having tea parties under my pergola.

Thanks for visiting My Cozy Corner today.
I hope you've enjoyed how we are progressing with our project.
We love our Cozy Corner.

I'm so happy to join some parties.
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the Month)
Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Home Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
A Southern Daydream for Outdoor Wednesday
DIY by Design for Sizzle into Summer
StoneGable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Natasha In Oz for Say G'day Saturday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

Until next time 


  1. Betty I love this pergola I'm so jealous I've wanted MrNeverLazy to build me one for the longest time and use some bricks that we will get from his parents.I'm pinning this to my pinterest,maybe I can talk him into it when it cools off.

  2. I adore your pergola! I need one too, as I have a goal of planting a wisteria! lol

  3. Good work with the progress with the pergola. We recently redesigned our back patio and I love the finished product. H I hope the fires didn't get any closer. Have a wonderful week.
    Admired in Mosaic Monday.

  4. Hi Betty, first time to visit. I love your idea and congratulate you and your hubby on your work. I saw the fire story on TV such a bad situation. I will be over for tea when the project is finished. Blessings

  5. Wow, what a great project and this looks great!

  6. how wonderful! that is love and devotion, right there. i have been begging my sweetheart to make us a pergola, but one can only do one project at a time (and that's working on our basement.) your new space is looking great so far!

  7. Ohh la la! What a terrific pergola. Looking pretty awesome.

  8. What an amazing husband to do all this work and now it looks so fabulous. Job well done!
    Joyce M

  9. The pergola is wonderful and the project is coming along fabulously. Can't wait to see the next piece of this amazing saga. Your post is so inspirational. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us.


  10. Wow! Looks like a lot of work, but certainly the end result will be astonishingly gorgeous!
    Interesting details. Wonderful!

    Cheers ... visiting from Show & Tell Friday!

    Tito Eric

  11. My first visit too from Outdoor Wednesday. This looks great and will be so nice to sit under! Carol

  12. What a guy! This is really looking wonderful! It's not easy to lay brick - the pattern looks fantastic - I look forward to seeing your plant choices! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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