It was 5:30 am and already I heard the sound. The whoosh-whoosh of the gardener’s broom told me he was nearby, capturing errant leaves that dared to fall overnight.
We were staying in a former family-compound-turned-guesthouse in Ubud, Bali. The grounds were lush – truly the definition of a tropical paradise – thanks to this talented young man. He spent his days among stunning heliconias and ginger. I was totally jealous!
His day had an enviable rhythm. He was constantly in motion – not stopping until the sun set. First order of the day was to tidy up from whatever happened overnight. And since we’d had another monsoon storm last evening, he was going to be busy.
Next, he moved on to harvesting the red hibiscus flowers that would be used to adorn the guardian statues by the front gate …
… and creamy white frangipani blossoms (from the tip-top of the tree) to decorate guest porches and beds. I loved the simplicity of it all.
And as any gardener knows, each day adds new tasks: prune the iris leaves, transplant the alamanda, clean the fountain, pull the weeds … and the list goes on and on. Much to a gardener’s joy … or chagrin.
When dusk fell I heard the final whoosh-whoosh of his broom as he put the garden to bed.
As a gardener who’d been on the road for 5 months, I delighted in this paradise he’d created. I missed my little garden in the States, … and had to stop myself from deadheading the occasional plant he’d missed. But I didn’t miss pulling weeds!
Our good friends Kelly at Compass & Camera and Jeff at Planet Bell really know how to capture the true essence of Bali. Kelly first went to Bali for her honeymoon, and they returned over 10 years later. You’ll enjoy her post Scenes From Bali as she takes you off the beaten path. And Jeff is the king of capturing photos and impressions of the people at the destinations he visits. I know you’ll smile when you see his People of Bali.
Peace and No Weeds,