If you live anywhere from the mid-Atlantic states south and west to Texas, oxblood lilies, Rhodophiala bifida, are an excellent way to add vivid pops of color to the garden at a time when
it is often looking tired and bedraggled. Related to the amaryllis, these natives of Argentina and Uruguay were introduced to gardens here when German immigrants in South America sent bulbs to compatriots who had immigrated to Texas. They are happiest in dappled shade, but handle heat and cold, drought and rain with aplomb. Louis the Plant Geek has an encyclopedic guide to their care and culture on his blog at: http://www.louistheplantgeek.com/a-gardening...
Yep, that's a 10 foot tall tree made out of different diameters of steel round rod complete with colored bottles my mom collected from friends and a few she purchased from the internet.
She estimates that it cost about $300 for materials. $150 for the metal and $150 for the colored bottles. Lots more about my mom's DIY bottle tree (and where the bottle tree tradition came from) on the ol' blog. #SummerStyle
I used insulation foam boards, cut into 15"x15" squares. Than I covered each with batting and fabric using duct tape. To hang on the wall I used double-sided velcro so they can be taken down to clean, or rearranged. It really made this drafty room so much warmer.