It has been over a year since I posted on this site. After we moved into our home in North Vancouver in 2019, who knew what solice we would find in our gardens?! Many of us have also lost loved ones in this period. I wanted to plant an unusual tree in memory of my father. I recalled mention in Steve Whysall gardening columns in the Vancouver Sun of a Red Lotus Tree. He classed it as a rare sight in coastal gardens. Starting in January, I contacted local nurseries to find a specimen. No luck. In June, I was at a well-known nursery in Richmond and checked out their greenhouse that contained many magnolia trees. At the very back in a corner, a subtle flash of red caught my eye. There stood a three foot tree with a small red bud and tag stating it was a manglietia insignis! After bringing the tree home, I contacted Steve with my news and received a nice note back. He mentioned his tree is now over twenty years old and thriving in his garden. So far my small tree has survived plus 40c just after being planted and temperatures of -15c near the top of the mountain this week. It has grown to about five feet high and three feet wide in six months. Pictures from June, July and today below. Wishing all members of this site a peaceful and safe 2022. Happy hunting and gardening!