My son was gracious enough to help me start a bottle tree just recently, something I have long wanted to do. Long known as a southern tradition, bottle trees have graced gardens near and far. I became intrigued with this idea a few years ago, after seeing pictures of them on the internet and on the meandering, two-lane drive to my parents house in Florida, where they pop up along the roadside.
The tradition of bottle trees is known to have started in the Congo generations ago. Some research dates bottle trees much earlier than that. Whenever they began, bottle trees have become a staple in the deep south.
The bottles are thought to trap evil spirits, keeping them in the bottle until the sun rises the next morning. The spirit dies when it meets the morning sun.
Bottles can be hung from trees with string, they can be placed onto bare branches or they can be purchased with a wrought iron tree stand. My son and I drove large nails into this post, and then placed the bottles sporadically.
My bottle tree seems rather sparse compared to some I have seen. However, it is just getting started. If you would like to see some extraordinary bottle trees then just click here. You won't regret it and you may even be inspired to start your own.