An Alameda Garden: A Touch of Blue

Saturday, September 09, 2006

A Touch of Blue

Following the lead of the excellent Path to Freedom blog, I've been saving blue bottles that sparkling water comes in to use in a border in the garden. Instead of just tossing the bottles in the recycling bin I've stashed them in bags in my carport for the last couple months until I had enough to work with. Today I realized I had enough bottles and enough time to put the border in.

tame. I love the look of the hostas and they bloomed aThe target spot was a little corner bed at the foot of a jasmine vine. It's got a few small hostas and a couple wild geraniums growing there now and in the spring blue dutch iris bloom there as well. When the iris are in bloom, it's a nice shot of color (as shown in this photo from mid-May), but when they're not, it's a little too lot this year, but it wasn't enough. This is also the first thing I see from my kitchen window and I thought it would be nice to have something colorful there even in the winter.

So after about an hour of work (including hacking madly at the jasmine, weeding, and spreading new mulch), I had a dug a trench and planted 15 blue bottles to border the bed. I'm really pleased with the result and I'm looking forward to when I have enough bottles to do another border around BH's garden outside my back steps. I have 9 bottles left and the next border will probably require about 30, so I better start drinking more water.

If you're not familiar with the Path to Freedom blog, you should check it out. They have an amazing family homestead and I'm getting lots of ideas from them for maximizing the planting space I have, creative recycling, and producing a garden that is both beautiful and efficient.


  1. Fifteen blue bottles growing in the mulch.they look really good actually.I have read that blog too, very eco friendly.

  2. What a fabulous idea! I love blue glass and this looks like a great way to re-use the bottles. Very unique and beautiful!

  3. Gorgeous! Makes me wish that they sold things other than pricey reisling in blue bottles around here...

  4. I like the blue border. Wonder how it would look with something yellow flower in that bed, or may be some red & white flowers.

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE the bottle border! I wish I could do the same, but I'm afraid they would break in the winters up here...looks cool as all get out, though!


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