A few days ago I noticed a side-bar on Page 111, entitled "Sacred Tropical Plants". I skimmed the little article, and realized that some variety of all six "sacred" plants the writer mentioned grow here. Within fifty feet of this house, including my teraza. Ficus, Banana (Musa), Frangipani (genus Plumeria) , Camellia, Jasmine, and Mango all grow right here. Made me feel kind of blessed. The idea resonated with me, because gardens always seems like a sacred places to me. And miracles happen every day in the garden.
I don't know how closely related the plant varieties in the book are to the ones found in Chacala, but I love the idea that we have sacred plants here. Even if they're just cousins.
The tree the Buddha sat under while attaining enlightenment was the Bodhi tree, one of the Ficus religiousiosa species. Some of the Ficus trees here are called Strangler Figs because they climb up other trees, and surround the trunk as it grows, until you can hardly see the original tree. They seem to have particular affection for the palm trees.
Ficus, (Strangler Fig) completely encasing a very old stone pillar in Chacala, near the muelle
The article said that Buddha was presented with a Mango grove, so he could "find repose beneath its shade". And eat all the mangos he wanted, I bet.
No photo right now
Jasmine has been valued for its fragrance and its flowers for garlands for centuries.
to have blossoms most of the year in Chacala
Thanks for the ID from Michael Loungadin
Right now I have Jasmine and Camellias here on the teraza. Bananas, Ficus, Frangipani, and Mangos are all around here. I can see three of them from the window in front of me. And a cultivated variety of Frangipani is growing in the garden of my nearest neighbor. No blossoms right now though.
Well, Chacala certainly does not meet my, or anyone's standards as a Garden of Eden,
but least Chacala it has some of it plants. That's not too bad.