In Kentucky and Elsewhere, Bottles in Trees Aren’t Just for Decoration
As you drive through Kentucky, you could probably play a car game based on the number of quilt patterns you see on barns.
I guess you call that folk art, but whatever its term, those patterns are part of a long tradition. For me, it only enhances an already pleasurable experience. I love backroads.
I love how folks who live in the country decorate their land with items or artwork that, admittedly, don't make immediate sense. That's why you make a mental note or, if someone's riding shotgun, you reference a picture they might take and do a little research of your own.
I expect to continue seeing more and more trees with bottles on them in the next couple of months. It is, after all, the beginning of autumn and there's no better time to explore the great outdoors.
But yes, those bottles, usually blue, are beautiful adornments but they really are more than just decoration. That makes them even more special, in my opinion.
And I suppose it's time to stop saying "bottles in trees" because they are called "bottle trees." It's a southern thing--naturally--and their purpose is mystical. And most bottle trees you'll see will feature the bottles placed onto the ends of limbs, but some DO hang them from trees. (Honestly, I think that might be easier.)
But back to the mysticism. LearnReligions.com tells us the history of bottles trees goes way back and they are there to ward off evil spirits or bad magic. I get it. I like to charge crystals in the moonlight.
You can make your own:
Or you can buy one.
But even if you already feel like you're a protected individual or you don't go in for the folklore, they still make very cool decorations for your trees.
And they fit in beautifully with fall weather, and it's fall. So have at it.