The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ~ Tree of Trees

I thought Thursday would be an ordinary day, it began ordinarily enough.

I ploughed through the daily chores, wondering all the while what the day would bring. If the weather held, I wanted to tackle an overgrown flower bed that had been tormenting me long enough.

The writing desk hadn’t seen much of me lately, so a lot to catch up there too. All in all, there was a very pleasant sense of anticipation going on.

The sun was determined to make a show of it, so I escaped from the house to check on my precious seedlings, wondering if my tiny tomatoes would be encouraged to grow today.

What day it really was, gradually filtered through from the back of my mind, and all thoughts of my previous plans faded away. Celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee had already began and the traditional flypast was due just after lunch. I do love a little tradition and seeing the Red Arrows always goes down well.

I have always felt an affinity with her Majesty. We were both born in May and love horses. I think she shares my wicked sense of humour and also the patience of a saint. At 96, she still has that twinkle in her eye when she smiles.

Getty Images: a team of workers add the final parts to the Queen’s Green Canopy ahead of the Platinum Jubilee on May 24, 2022 in London.

While I was watching the proceedings surrounding Bucking Palace, a weird looking tree right outside the Palace gates caught my eye. I didn’t recall it being there before and it looked odd, not having much luck of looking like a proper tree, so I was curious as to its purpose.

A little later, they began to talk about it, and I learned that this 21m tree is an important part of the Jubilee celebrations, called The Tree of Trees. A sculpture designed by British designer Thomas Heathwick, to hold 350 native British saplings to commemorate the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, in which over a million trees have been planted. These saplings are due to be planted around the country as a living part of the Jubilee.

Getty Image: Thomas Heathwick, designer of the Tree of Trees sculpture, part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Project placed in f front of Buckingham Palace ahead of the Platinum Jubilee.

Seeing this incredible tree and knowing its purpose, made the day even more special for me…

Another Bonsai Post from Nebari Bonsai…

Chinese Quince update

Brian VF Chinese quince May 14, 2022 2 Minutes

I bought this tree on eBay in 2006, and it is spent some time in the ground, had a few chops, and a few different fronts. But it is finally started to settle into its shape, and I decided to put it in our club’s annual show this year.

I have been bored with some of the trees lately, and less than inspired, so I thought it would be good to try to put a tree or two in the show that have never been shown before. A couple reasons, first, it adds some variety to the show. Second, it pushes me to advance different trees to a higher level. This year, the quince and the Stewartia will be making their debut appearances in a show.

I had already pruned it back a month ago, and sprayed it heavily several times with Mancozeb to stave off the rust. So far, knock on wood, it hasn’t been a problem this year.

Click HERE to read the rest of this lovely post from Brian at Nebari Bonsai…

Don’t Run… #Poetry

Image by Peggychoucair from Pixabay ~ Poem by Anita Dawes 2022
Don’t Run

I run around the world
Searching for something
that’s behind, tapping me 
on the shoulder
the faster I run
the harder they tap
the wind whispers
turn around
it’s all there, waiting for you
I stop, I turn, I stare
Into the mirror
I hear, don’t run…


Another amazing post from Nebari Bonsai…

A little repotting

Brian VF Repotting March 12, 2022 1 Minute

Repotting is done for several reasons: to work on and prune the roots, to change and refresh the soil, and to adjust the planting angle. Sometimes all three. Here are a few examples of each.

First up is a “normal” repotting of a Chinese quince, which is pot-bound. All soil is removed, roots are trimmed back, and heavy roots are removed from underneath the base. The tree is secured back into the same pot, and fresh soil is worked in:

This is the time of year that all bonsai growers start to think of repotting, (depending on where you live, of course) Repotting is the one most important thing to get right to keep your babies happy!

Continue reading to see how an expert does it… HERE

Another Bonsai Post…

The Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo


This Ficus (Cuban laurel) by Robert Kempinski won Best Tropical at the 9th Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo in Kannapolis North Carolina. Today’s photos are courtesy of Bill Valavanis.

One of those ‘wish I had been there‘ moments…

Come and virtually visit with me HERE

Expensive Bonsai Trees from

Expensive Bonsai Trees

15 Most Expensive Bonsai Trees in the World [Updated 2022]

15 Most Expensive Bonsai Trees in the World [Updated 2022]

Did you know that the most expensive bonsai is worth “$2 million USD”? Insane, right?

In this article, I’ll take you on a tour of 15 most expensive bonsai trees in the world and their details. Keep reading.

You can read the rest of this amazing post, HERE

Flowering Bonsai…

A wonderful post from…

15 Stunning Flowering Bonsai Trees

Have you ever imagined sitting in your verandah or living hall with a cup of tea and an 8-year-old flowering Bonsai tree accompanying you spreading the fragrance? 

In this article, we are going to explore the top 15 MOST stunning Flowering Bonsai Trees that you will want to have in your hall or garden or the entrance of the door.

Growing a flowering bonsai tree is a type of art that has become increasingly popular over time. There’s something about the bonsai that instills pride and develops patience and stability in people. What is more satisfying than to nurture and watch for a bonsai tree in its early stages?

The bonsai trees could become the spotlight of your home. Flowering bonsai trees feel like the best boost to floral elements, whether they embellish your yard, gazebo, patio, balcony, living room, or study.

I adore flowering bonsai… see more of these beauties HERE

Bending instead of breaking? Part One

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

So many times lately, I have been approaching my desk grudgingly, forcing a degree of false enthusiasm that will hopefully carry me through the day.

The idea, of course, is that faking it will encourage the real thing, just as it has done so many times before. As I say, this usually works, but not this time. I feel worn out, mentally and physically exhausted, desperate to find something to get excited about.

The weather yesterday was foul, Storm Eunice was gradually building up a head of steam, and I was watching the big old tree in my garden begin to thrash about in the strengthening winds. With each violent gust, I was amazed by how far the branches could bend, then simply float back again in the lull, seemingly undamaged.

These images stayed with me for the rest of the day, to be joined by more scenes of destruction as I watched the progress of the storm on TV. I still hadn’t found the will to work, so closed the PC and left my desk, determined to do better tomorrow.

It was still windy this morning. The branches of the old tree were still moving about, although less violently than yesterday. Somehow, this triggered an avalanche of thoughts. I have always been the strong one in the family, managing to cope and handle whatever life has thrown at us. (and some of it still makes me cringe)

Up until recently, I always imagined I was invincible, that nothing could bring me to my knees, but secretly, this isn’t true anymore. My knees, back and brain are bending, possibly breaking and I need to find a way to cope with this change of circumstance.  I need to find a way to carry on and be happy while managing to keep everything else happy too.

I can see that tree from my desk, and it seems to be watching me too. It occurs to me that it does not choose to bend. Clever old Nature has designed it that way.

How has nature designed me, or is it a bit late to be asking?

To be continued

Amazing Bonsai from Stone Lantern…

Stunning Bonsai by Luis Vallejo


Today we lucked upon a wealth of formal display photos of Luis Vallejo’s collection. They were taken at this year’s Tantai Exhibition in Vitoria Spain and featured on Santi Lorenzo Borda’s FB timeline.

Pine with a companion that looks like it could be a pot. This tree and the rest featured here belong to Lusi Vallejo. No varieties were given and we’ll spare you the guessing game today.

Read the rest of this delightful post over at STONE LANTERN