Archive for March, 2016

Enjoying the view from Easy Street

It’s a beautiful Friday evening in early Spring, and we’re heading into the weekend of Daylight Savings Time. For your viewing enjoyment, we offer this sweet blue bottletree in its serene backyard setting on Easy Street (really!) in Chapel Hill.  Thank you to our reader Pinkey DuBose for this great way to kick off our weekend. pinkey_dubose bottletree

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Best of Both Worlds

Can’t decide between a metal bottletree and a natural wooden one? Why not have both?

This past weekend we met Peggy, who lives on Wyngate Drive in Hillsborough. Several years ago, she bought a metal bottletree at the Raleigh Farmers Market. Metal trees have a lot of benefits — they come in many beautiful artistic forms, they last indefinitely, you can move them around to suit your yard, and you can take them with you if you move.

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However, some folks love the more natural look of a wooden bottletree made from a dead tree or fallen limb. Peggy has a large cypress tree in her yard that died, and decided to turn that one into a bottletree too. Now she has the best of both worlds!

Peggy told us that growing up, she saw bottletrees as simply ornamental. It wasn’t until later on that she learned more about the folklore surrounding the trees. She said,

I grew up in rural Orange County, and had instilled in me the ‘make something beautiful out of what you have available’ mindset.  Money was tight, so nature and a few discards of one sort or another always provided the basis for something beautiful to come.

Bottletrees are indeed one of the earliest examples of found art, or upcycled/recycled art. It makes each one unique and beautiful.

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Some of these bottles are stuck onto branches, and in addition, Peggy added some wooden dowels to give a fuller look.

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