Saturday, January 17, 2009

Bottle Tree




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While my coworker and I were looking at pictures of bottle trees on the internet doing really important official library research, I was inspired to do a little garden decorating to liven things up. I rebuilt my pot teeter-totter (obviously don't know what that thing is really called) and made a mini bottle tree out of a dormant hardy hibiscus. There are at least two other hardy hibiscus that I can also use as bottle trees so this one may get taken down. When I was stacking the pots, I noticed that some sedum was growing in the bottom of the lowest container in almost no soil. Now I know for sure that sedum is not only tough, but stays evergreen for me here in north Texas. I am going to get out a bunch of my empty pots and plant sedum in them over the next few days. Maybe I shouldn't, I don't want to have to buy more containers when spring gets here. What the heck, I can never have to many containers.

After work and a birthday party, I was able to do about an hour of gardening today. The temperatures soared back up into the sixties and the wind was finally quiet. My battery feels all recharged and stuff. If it is pretty tomorrow I will spend all day out there.

Hope you have some pretty weather too.


  1. I love your bottle tree and I am jealous. We have snow everywhere. No plants till spring. :(

  2. They are called Tipsy Pots. I love them too(-: Fun to look at and all that. (-: I found that in our heat the succulents seem to grow best in them too. Sedums are perfect! The bottles look great there on the hibiscus too(-: Heck sedum grows everywhere doesn't it?(-:
    I have a few bottles that fell off my tree and I need to work on that. I have been using the gorilla glue to secure the rebar in the tree trunk. Seems to work great. I have to do a few more.
    The weather should be nice again today so I will be outside working too!!! Have a great day(-:

  3. A bottle tree is one of those things I'm always planning to do, but never get done. Where did you get the pretty blue bottles? It's hard to find glass and harder to find colored glass nowdays.

  4. Tink, we hardly ever get snow.

    Cindee, someday I want a real bottle tree. Right now though, I don't have enough bottles.

    Nola, The small bottles are were from some kind of wine cooler my sister used to drink. The big bottle is something I purchased because I love cobalt glass.

  5. Lookin' good, Debbi! Glad you're making good use of your library time. Beautiful bottle tree, makes me start thinking of next summer when we can set one out!

  6. Enjoyed peeking into your garden. Here it is snowing to beat the band out there.

  7. Hi OFB, Glad to share.

    Barbee, I guess that is one good thing about texas garden blogs, the rest of y'all can see something besides white, even if it isn't as pretty as it will be in spring.

  8. With temps like that I would be in the garden too Deb! Unfortunately we have had some rain, snow flurries and temps below 40 lately. Brrr...Too dreary to garden right now.

  9. Raquel, I am sure that cold weather will be back soon. I say it is wet and dreary, really it is just cold and gray, but dry. We need rain.