Thursday, June 18, 2009


So many of you know I have two wonderful bottle trees in my backyard. I have changed them out so that now they have only blue bottles on them. I have discovered that gin and vodka come in blue bottles. I don't know anyone who drinks gin so there I am out of luck but once in awhile one of my good friends gives me a vodka or blue wine bottle they saved. It is always a great gift for me.

Some of you wrote and said "what is the deal with the bottle trees? The deal is that during slave times people got bottles and put them on the trees because they believed that evil spirits were caught in the bottles. I just believe that they are lovely casting blue light in my garden. I used to have a collection of purple old bottles that I got rid of. Oh if only we could hang onto everything we ever had. :0) Does that sound like a hoarder? Good thing I have a small house.

Last year I went into a liquor store looking for blue bottles. I went from shelf to shelf and the guy there said " are you looking for something I can help you with?" And I said "yes I am looking for pretty blue bottles for the bottle tree in my backyard." He said "wow, that is a new one.
My friend Robyn gave me a triangle tequila bottle once and it is cool and I got a cool bottle from Ann in South Carolina that was special. Actually any bottle I get is special and Kathy, Marilyn, Brenda and Molly have both helped me with my collection too. Such fun! I recommend a bottle tree for your yard. :0)

I bought those red water bottles one year and after the winter the paint on the inside was all flakey and a mess. Darn it-they were really quite pretty. I think I have become a bottle snob. :0)


Sandi said...

Beautiful collection Mary Lou,

Where did you get the wooden base structure? Do you have a mini one? That would be also fun for people like me in condos with limited space! Hmmm might have to figure out how to do that.

Sandi in New Westminster B.C.

WoolenSails said...

I have never seen anything like that around here. We do have one person who have a yard full of buoys. Their yard is covered from one end to the other in all types and colors.


Pam said...

Love your bottle tree pics!! did you find the beer bottle christmas tree yet?

I think you should try that next.. :0)
One of these days I'll send you a pic of mine!! :0)

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

They are pretty, I was wondering how they weathered and then I got to the end of your post. Aha! The blue one is gorgeous in and among the flowers.

Rebecka said...

Mary Lou,
I love your blue bottle tree. I have seen them and I always wondered about them. Thanks for the history behind the bottle tree. The garden photos are so pretty.

Karen said...

When I first saw the picture of your bottle tree, I printed it off and pasted it on my bulletin board so I'd remember it. I'd love to make a bottle tree in my yard... I can only imagine what my husband's comment will be when I ask him to help me build the thing!!! It's going to take me awhile to get all the bottles. I LOVE the blue bottles but the multi colored tree is pretty, as well!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary Lou,

I read all of the comments, and would like to be the first to politely say that I think you are a nut! A wonderfully creative and inspiring nut, of course! I can't wait to see my husband's face when he comes back from his travels and finds lovely blue light cascading in the garden from my bottle tree! He is going to think I drank all the booze! Love you!! Stephanie

Gwendie said...

We have a winery in Oregon (at least I think they're here) that uses blue bottles. When you're in Sisters, look for Blue Moon Wine and you can add another pretty blue bottle to your tree!

bingo~bonnie said...

bottle trees? Well isn't that quite neat - learn something new everyday :) TO me the photo of it with all of your garden the background - it appears to be a GIANT Texas Blue Bonnet :)

I have enjoyed reading past entries of your blog today. Have a great weekend!

Love from Texas! ~bonnie