One thing I definitely want to incorporate somewhere in my yard is a bottle tree. According to the website for Bottle Tree, a shop in Sunflower, Mississippi, the origins of bottle trees can be traced back to Africa:
|Bottle tree with sunflower vine|
Most bottles on bottle trees are blue, according to Felder Rushing, an accomplished Southern horticulturalist, garden writer and PBS radio host, because they scare away "haints"--an early (1843 was the first recorded usage) African-American word that means "spirits that haunt places, or ghosts." The blue bottle color is referred to as "haint blue", which is a very bright and common house trim paint color in the South and in some Caribbean countries.
Since I don't need any more evil spirits haunting me, the fact that you never need to water or fertilize it, and the fact that they are just plain funky-cute, I might have to give this bottle tree thing a try.