Friday, January 23, 2009
Redneck Beer Bottle Tree
Can you all stand any more pictures of bottle trees? I hope so because here is my newest one. When I changed some bottles on the backyard bottle tree I had a bunch of green beer bottles leftover. These bottles are such a pretty color (green) and were a 'gift' from a former cherished neighbor. I thought I'd find another spot for them in the garden. They are all the same so this bottle tree is a change from my eclectic backyard bottle tree.
Enter the Front Foundation Garden. Yup, right there for all to see. The house on the post is a custom made Amish handcrafted log cabin that I fell in love with and purchased from-of all places-a flea market. Boy do I know all the good flea markets.
The crepe myrtle trunks you see in the background is 'Biloxi', a wonderful, vigorous, cultivar for me. You might be able to enlarge this photo and see the super good variegation on the bark. This tree was planted as a twig five years ago.
This area was an awkward corner of my front porch and foundation bed but has been fun to design. In front of the Byer's is Euonymous japonica 'Microphylla' and 'Firepower' nandina for interest and color. You cannot beat the euonymous. I find this one looks just like boxwood, but is much shorter and stouter and easier. Very little pruning is required to keep it below the windows shown on the house. The trusty bowling balls are hiding in the background.
I added white LED lights to the inside of the bottles and house so that it would literally 'shine' at night. After all, that is when most rednecks do their beer drinking isn't it? You have a great weekend and remember, drink responsibly if you must drink. :)
in the garden....