So, as a reminder, I started out with this:
and though it had some charm, really, all loved about it was the tree trunk and the fact that bones of it were there already, fully by accident. I thought I could save it by building up the painted background, and then by adding fabric leaves;, but finally recognized: the only way to the save the tree was by transplanting it.
Of those who commented, most of you seemed to like the "wild" background - which was my favourite as well. Once transplanted, the big problem was the "island" I'd created.
It was sitting there all 'Hi. I was brought in from elsewhere, and as you can see, I don't really fit".
So I added more grass and then leaves on top of that, and suddenly it looked less like an island of obviousness and more like part of a focal point.
For the background, I added a 'ghost' forest by quilting in the suggestion of a canopy above:
trees along the sides:
and then it was done.