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These are my tree seedlings grown in bonsai pots. Some are quite old, 15 years or so.

The first here was a tiny seedling found at the nursery the first year I was there.

Another seedling found in a pot.

This one is 15 plus years old. A seedling of my Sorbus cashmiriana. At the time my grandson wanted to try bonsai and this was the start.

I’m not sure what this one is. The birds seem to drop seeds in pots and I just pot up to see what they are.

This was a left over almond a couple of Christmases ago. Germinated two but one keeled over in last years heat.

Another Sorbus cashmiriana.

I’m not sure if this very small pot needs to be replaced.

This is Acer ‘Little Princess’. Again, a few years old now.

I also have this oak, a few years old now, which I thought had died but it’s just started to sprout leaves. Lucky I didn’t put it in the compost bin!

It’s been a long year since we went into our first lockdown and shielding but keeping busy with plants has been a life saver.
Take care and stay safe everyone.

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What a wonderful collection, Thorneyside! I do love them all. You must have such patience. I’m betting it’s a very therapeutic hobby, especially during this past year..
I can’t pick a favourite, they all have their own unique look. I’m pleased you’ve managed to save your little oak.
I’m guessing part of the bonsai is the interesting things that sprout thanks to the exciting waiting game!
Hope you are well! Thank heavens we have our gardens 😊

22 May, 2021


I agree our gardens have been a safe space and full of solace.
lovely collection of trees.

22 May, 2021


An interesting collection of little trees. I wouldn't have the patience to do Bonsai. Well done. Thank goodness for our gardens during lock down.

22 May, 2021


Wow, what a great collection! Its a hobby that needs lots of care and constant attention but the results are brilliant - well done indeed! I thought I had a self sown conifer a few years ago and waited with interest to see what would happen. And what happened was that it flowered and turned out to be a heather...

22 May, 2021


We get lots of self sown trees, courtesy of the birds of course really. Elders by the million, which you have to be quick to find and get rid of as they grow so quickly. Several Yew trees and even some Cercis (Judas tree) seedlings. Hazels also by the hundred, ever pot seems to have a nut hidden by the mice - let alone the ones in the garden!
Your trees are looking wonderful, it is only when you see them grouped on the bench that you realise how small they are.

23 May, 2021


Nice bonsais, They are going to look lovely as they get older :)

30 May, 2021

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