Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson ~
Some days I find myself doing something that I vowed I would try not to do. That “something” is taking my surroundings for granted. It’s not a difficult thing to do. When one spends all day in the same environment it becomes the new normal.
Almost every evening I watch SU walk around the garden in the waning light checking on what will need pruning in the coming days, looking for aphids and fungus and searching for new blooms and buds. Now, our garden in not huge but it does take a little maintenance and care and it doesn’t take long before it starts looking like a jungle. Dry Season is the time of year when many plants are in bloom, even while some trees and grasses turn brown and unattractive.
We have a few things that smell nice in the back garden. They are planted close to the back porch so that when a breeze blows in the right direction the fragrance wafts through. We have planted a few more fragrant plants in the front along the small path. For some reason most things that smell enjoy partial shade and the front only receives a few hours of full sun in the afternoon before it starts to drop.
One of my favorite plants in the garden is the White Ginger. The plant is also known by many other names such as Butterfly Ginger and Garland Flower/Garland Lily. White Ginger is native to India, Nepal, China, Taiwan and Myanmar. It was brought to the Americas by African slaves and in some countries where is has been introduced it is considered an invasive weed because it crowds out crops. Although it is looking a little ragged right now, at least one or two of our plants always have blooms on them and they smell fantastic. The flowers are white and intensely fragrant and grow in clusters on spikes of green, although each flower lasts only one day. Once the fragrance is inhaled it’s easy to understand why the essential oil produced by the flowers is used in perfumes and soaps. This type of ginger is not used in cooking but the root as a tonic or tea to treat various tummy troubles and is also used as antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. In some countries it is used in local medicine to treat colds, headaches, arthritis, and injuries.
We’re not growing any cash crops so we’re happy to have something that smells as lovely as the sweet and spicy White Ginger growing in a little patch in the front garden. And this morning I took a few moments and remembered to stop and smell the flowers…in the campo.