Home is Where My Plants Are #TreeLove

Home is where my plants are!

This beautiful bonsai Ficus is a treasured birthday gift from the husband this year.

Whenever we reminisce our Mauritius days, our conversations almost always tend to revolve around Residence Mont Royale—once, our beautiful home in Rose Hill, where we spent two beautiful years of our lives. And, somehow, invariably, I always tend to get misty-eyed remembering the gorgeous 25-year old bonsai Elm tree that I had picked up from a nursery, when we set up our very first home in the island.

The Elm tree was treasured and loved beyond measure, being my solitary companion through the long hours of the day, while I busied myself in chores and countless other things, before the husband got back from work late in the evening. It kept me company, it was the friend that I shared my joys and sorrows with. It was a witness to many a tearful moment when homesickness got the better of me and I longed to cross the shores and see my family back home!

Time passed by. Two years later, before we moved to the UK, I gifted my Elm tree to Catherine, my lovely neighbour who lived next door who promised to take good care of the plant.

In the months that followed, I got myself enrolled as a postgraduate student in Bristol, and often wondered about our life in the beautiful island and my Elm tree. I missed it dearly, as one would miss a pet. It was a bond that I always held very close to my heart, and one that prompted the husband to gift me this lovely Ficus this year—a gesture, that not only touched me deeply but one that I’m also grateful for.

Today, this potted beauty of mine, sits prettily amidst my other balcony plants, soaking in plentiful rain and sunshine, ever so ready to greet me in the morning, when I step into the balcony garden, for a quick check-in every day.

Nothing gives me more joy than to see my plants blooming with grace, no matter how unpredictable the weather. I cannot imagine starting my day without a little tête-à-tête with my potted beauties! Guess what, something tells me it’s reciprocal. I’m certain, they feel that way, about me too! Or so I believe!

That’s it for this week’s #treelove. See you in a fortnight with another tree post.

If you happen to stop by this post today, I’d love it if you leave your post links along with your comments below. I promise to visit you back.

Btw, if you’d like to check out my earlier #TreeLove photo posts on the blog, do click here. The collection of photos are a part of my travels as much as they bear traces of the city of Bangalore, where I’m currently based—from where I blog and connect with the rest of the world.


Thursday Tree love is a photo feature hosted on Parul’s blog, which she shares on the 2nd and the 4th Thursday of every month. The next edition goes live on July 7, 2021. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog, detailing where you spotted the tree and link it back to her post.

10 thoughts

  1. Loved the personal story you shared. Plants make any house a home. Isn’t it? This little Ficus is also very cute. I also have a ficus and i love it 🙂 Thanks for joining, Esha. See you around on the 11th.

  2. What a sweet tale from memory lane, Dear Esha. And the current one too. It’s a gorgeous birthday gift indeed.

    Your chitter chatter with your plants is so relatable, as that’s what I do every single day. 🙂

    Love and hugs.

  3. Both the plants are so cute. I can understand why you are so attached to them and see them as friends. One of my aloe plants has had a baby and I just love her. She is so tiny and green and cute and seems to wait for me to tell her that I love her everyday. There is just something about plants that is magical.

  4. Wonderful tree Esha! Great taper, correctly placed branches, lovely triangular silhouette. A lovely Informal upright! I loved the story of your Elm. As it happens, I too have posted some of my bonsai for this TTL!

  5. I truly loved the story behind the Elm tree, and how thoughtful a gift to cherish for Catherine. The ficus bonsai looks happy getting nurtured by you and such beautiful sky backdrop makes it more catchy.

  6. Such a beautiful plant, Esha. Bonsai is a beauty, I’ve always admired them in movies or when I see them at restaurants. The memories we carry make our life all the more beautiful. This is a beautiful read, thanks for sharing.

  7. Awww…love this post, Esha, and the picture of the Ficus is simply gorgeous! Your writing, your art, your plants, your sky photographs, your singing, you make them all so special! <3 As much as you love them all, they love you, too!

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