I have been home from my first instalment for nearly a week now, and head back for another 8 weeks in a couple of months. However, my early winter garden is not particularly interesting and is in desperate need of weeding and tidy-up, while I have been flu-ey and not up to it, so I thought I might once again 'borrow' from the gardens I saw in my travels in Indonesia for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
The photos that follow were taken last Wednesday, my last day in Indonesia, which was Day Three of my R&R visit to Jogyakarta in Central Java. After a morning tour of the Sultan's palace or kraton, I still had several hours to lose myself and wander around the streets and laneways adjoining the palace, before plane-hopping back to Jakarta, then Sydney, and finally home to Brisbane.
|A single bloom of Justicia coccinea above a bright yellow doorway.|
|Typical roadside food stall or warung|
|Becaks - a popular means of transport around Yogya.|
|You don't have to have a big garden bed to have lots of greenery in Jogya.|
|Love the citrusy croton against the aqua, and check out the great collection of Desert Roses Adenium (right). Together with euphorbias, which I included in my previous post, they were the most popular potted plants throughout the city.|
|The same aqua-coloured walls, this time with papaya or paw paw, a sprinkling of Desert Rose flowers and, I think the taller shrub with multiple leaflets is a Curry Tree.|
|Love the intense blue of this pea flower|
|Yogya's batiks are traditionally in shades of brown - displayed here against the city walls.|
|(No blooms of note - but I have a weakness for doorways!)|
|Another collection of desert roses.|
|And yet another.|
|My doorway fetish strikes again. This one is illustrated with wayang shadow puppets.|
|Space is no impediment to a garden in Jogya.|
|A great collection including mother-in-laws tongues, cordyline, euphorbia, croton, and diffenbachia.|
|Meet the locals!|
|Can you see 'Ginger's' shyer friend? (Behind the back right table leg)|
|Croton, euphorbia, diffenbachia.|
Final glimpse - Jogya has vanished beneath the clouds, but the menacing Mount Merapi, about 17 miles to the city's north, looms above them. The name 'Merapi' means mountain of fire, and it is the most active volcano in Indonesia.
To see other gardens around the world (without the holiday snaps and doorway photos), visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day on the 15th of the month.