Sometime in the Summer of this year I visited Jim Smith’s Dura-stone in Vero Beach to pick up some new Bonsai material to work on. I wasn’t sure what I was after, but Jim has some of the best tropical trees in the business and his prices are right on. So after a 2 hour drive I arrived and walked through the rows of tree for hours, but nothing was jumping out at me. So I decided to have a seat in front of the little shop entrance for a while and try to think of what I might want. Jim Van Landingham sat down and we began to speak about bonsai (of course). However it wasn’t 5 minutes later that I stopped him mid sentence say, “Is that a Simpson’s Stopper?” It surprised me for a number of reasons, especially that it was at Jim’s nursery.
Well it turned out to be a Simpson’s Stopper for sure, and a nice one at that.