I just love bottle trees-especially when the sun hits them and they seem to catch on fire with the glow from within. One of the benefits of bottle trees is this extra bit of color and light they bring into the garden during all seasons. Color and light is never so welcomed as in the winter; which is when a bottle tree truly shines as though it were on fire.
Bottle trees add such a nice bit of whimsy to the garden and have some extra special benefits such as: no need to ever water, prune, or fertilize, AND they catch evil spirits floating around at night.
Bottle trees need not be fancy and are easily made. I made mine out of an old cedar tree. To supplement the branches I added lag screws; which effectively hold extra bottles. This tree has been here for more than one year and I have never lost a bottle or had any issues out of this super great tree whatsoever. I surely can't say that about all the other trees I have to trim, not the mention the one lone oak tree that died on us from the drought last year. Sigh. Hmmmmm, maybe I can make it into a bottle tree?
in the garden....