Near the top of my list of charming junk would have to be the blue bottle trees. This southern tradition is said to be African in origin. The bottles were hung in trees to trap evil spirits. It was believed when sunlight shone through the bottle an evil spirit would see it and fly into the bottle to investigate, and become trapped and unable to get out. I first heard of the blue bottle trees when listening to the wonderful stories of the storyteller, Kathryn Windham, of Selma, Alabama. Kathryn's stories of bottle trees, Jeffrey, her resident ghost, and the early days of Selma are a rare treat. I've superimposed a photo of a blue bottle tree on a Thomas Moran forest garden. I hope you've enjoyed the story!