Ornamental Plants And Bottle Trees

12 Sep


Last week I was at the West Tennessee Agricultural Research Station to tour the cotton test plots for 2014. At one of the stops on the tour, the young man pictured above is presenting the information about this plot. This young man worked for me during four Summers while he obtained his BS degree in Agriculture. He has since gone on and obtained his Masters Degree in Ag and is now working towards his PhD in Agriculture. He must have learned a lot working for me! Who knows, someday he may have a high-up job with some big Ag Company and he might give me a job and I could be working for him the next time around. It goes to show the old adage in life has a lot of truth to it, “To get far in life, it’s not what you know, but who you know.” While I was there, I saw some interesting ornamental plants around the campus buildings on the station and I brought Sweet Thing back on Saturday so she could see them as well.


Last year, there was a lot of metal objects such as these old disc blades used for decorations. The primary objects  used last year were old bicycles and they had them placed strategically all throughout the displays. I can’t say I was too impressed with the way they looked.


When you first enter, there is a big wall of hanging bottles greeting you. This year the decorating theme is bottles.


This is a metal sculpture representing a caterpillar.


There were strings of bottles hanging in the trees.


There were objects created with small beer bottles.




They also had the usual bottle trees.


If you look closely, you can see strings of colored pill bottles hanging from the trees. Those are actually clear hobby bottles filled with colored water to create the desired effect.


They added metal wings to some of the bottles to make them resemble insects. I actually kind of liked those, but they look way too time consuming to make! This post is getting a little long and picture heavy so I will save the plant pictures until tomorrow.


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