Morning Glory has arrived around the Potting Shed.
By the end of summer, the wild vines and volunteers are rambling and climbing everywhere.
I placed a bottle tree by a patch of Morning Glory that was springing up, giving it a place to climb.
(Read–> if you can’t get rid of it, celebrate it ;)
The Southern tradition of the bottle tree is thought to have arrived with the slave trade from Africa, with the superstition that the bottles would trap and repel evil spirits.
Blue bottles were most often used, thought to lure the evil spirits with their bright color. Once the spirits were lured inside the bottles at night, they were believed to be trapped there, destroyed by sun in the light of day.
Bottle trees have evolved as garden art and you can find them available at garden centers, flea markets, in catalogs and online these days. There are lots of varieties to be had, from hanging bottle trees to planter bottle tree stakes and larger free-standing versions, to brighten up your garden and add interest.
I used a combination of recycled and old bottles, with a couple of blue ones for their sparkling bright color and nod to tradition.
Morning Glory blooms last a day, opening in the morning as the name suggests, with the flowers fading by the afternoon.
An old Southern favorite, a vintage RC Cola bottle, has a place of honor on the bottle tree. . .
And a pair of garden gloves are planted on the bottle tree, as totems, by the Potting Shed.
My Potting Shed was featured in She Sheds: A Room of Your Own, by Erika Kotite, published by Cool Springs Press/Quarto Publishing Group. “She” was honored to be included among the examples of She Sheds in this book! I have three copies I’m giving away in celebration.
To enter to win a copy of She Sheds, leave a comment, HERE.
The winners will be chosen June 23rd.