Jardín Antigüeño: Hortensias

Jardín Antigüeño: Hortensias

Sometimes you live so fast that before you know it, life is over. Life is not a race that you want to win. Life is rather marathon where you want to finish last, just like Tono Ballena and his last position in the yearly Medio Maraton de las Rosas. But if you’re tricked into running the rat race, you have to find ways to slow you down, to pause to smell the coffee, to stop long enough to realized life is more than money.

Tending a garden is one sure way to pause and enjoy the ephemeral moments that make up life. When I live in the U.S. I never care for gardens; I could not name any flowers except for roses or carnations; I didn’t know the names of plants, except for the most obvious.

Life in La Antigua Guatemala is so much different, full a little pauses, with gardens everywhere you go. Now, I am learning the names of many flowers and plants. Heck, I now tend for a garden and have long talks with our gardener. I even found the courage to share with you many of the plants found in and around Antigua Guatemala in series entitled Guateflora. I still make mistakes; just the other day that I called birds of paradise some exotic flowers which in realty were heliconias. I am glad to know that if I make a mistake, you guys come forth to correct me.

A little over-sharing every once in a while doesn’t hurt, right? All the flowers in the Jardín Antigüeño series come from our garden. As you can see if you browse the Jardín Antigüeño series, I have now plenty of reasons to pause and enjoy the beauty that Nature offers. I am far from being The Constant Gardener, like Jenn Klee, but I am slowly learning.

How are you living your life? Do you have enough pauses to slow you down?

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  • Stephanie

    I appreciate your reflections on this photo. Do I have pauses in my life? Yes, and I appreciate them greatly. Do I have enough? No. In my current work I am easily sucked into taking on more jobs than I have time for and that encroaches on my family and personal life. So I am continually working on slowing myself down and, even more important for me, being present in the moment and being single-minded rather than multi-tasking.

    This particular flower (which most people in the US call hydranga) has an additional lesson for me. You can find them in different colors — white, pink, lavender, and blue. But they are all the same variety. What makes the difference is the composition of the soil they are in, specifically how acidic. It’s a good reminder for me that the way I “bloom” is in large part a result of the environment I put myself in. Surround myself with things that nurture and slow me down and I will have a more peaceful mind and soul.

  • That was so nicely said Rudy, and your right we have to take take time to enjoy and is what i have been doind here in Guate. so sad i have to go back tomorrow. I love the pic and the flowers in Antigua are beatyful.

  • Ha ha ha…this is what I get for being in bed with a cold the last couple of days 😉

    Just so you aren’t fooled about my flower expertise…I used to call hortensias “repollitos” (little cabbages) when I was a kid, they just reminded me of cabbages whenever I saw them.

  • Eric

    I think I have quite a few pauses, but I can always use just one more. Sometimes my trips to La Antigua and other parts of Guate. work like a big ‘reboot’, rather than a pause. I leave trying to figure out whether my ‘real life’ is here in los EEUU with my, shall we say, ‘life on the side’ in centroamerica, or the other way around ? Don’t worry – I will figure it out soon.
    Although some of my favorite pauses are gardens, most of my favorites are pastelerias. It’s a good thing I am always walking around La Antigua, no ? Ja-ja-ja!

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