Hibiscuz Schizopetaluz or widely known as Fringed Rosemallow is also known as Japanese Lanterns – the flower looks so much like a lantern, Coral Hibiscus – the main color is coral, and Spider Hibiscus – the frilly petals somehow looks like spider’s leg *shrugs*. In Indonesia, they are called as Kembang Sepatu Sungsang and Balinese refer them as Pucuk.
Fringed Rosemallow is native to Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. It is believed to enter Taiwan around 1901. It is decorative flowers plantation. It’s so easy to find them around the houses in Bali. However, I’ve never seen them use this flower in an offering.
This sub-tropical and tropical flower is a shrub grows about 2 to 3 meters tall. The stem is woody and slim. The upper part branches where the flower grows are usually hanging down, but not down enough to reach the grounds. This makes the flower dangling and faces the grounds. The stem is mostly covered by the dangling branches that it seems like they can’t hold themselves fine.
Their leave is in fore-and-aft oval shape and is jagged in the edges of the leaves. It is a green singular leaves. The end and the pole of the leave are sharp. It grows jam-packed in the ends of the branches.
The flower itself is beautiful with intricate shapes. It has five petals surrounding a dangling 8-9 cm slim cylindrical seed capsules or pistil. However, the petals refuse to brace the pistil as they are curving and curling up upwards covering the outer base points. It is pinnately-lobed, shattered like antlers. It starts with deep red at the base and grows lighter to the end of the petals. The petals are frilly and fringed. It looks like winds tear the petals and left it torn and tattered. The petals are complicated.
The dangling pistil is about 8-9 cm long. It starts with white on the base and cascading pink toward the end. Near the end, the yellow spore forming another lining branches around capsule, before it tears apart into 4 or 5 with spore on it. It is so thin, soft – more likely weak. It has no bone. It is left there, dangling alone.
In Taman Harum, we only have one plant. It is planted on a pottery in front of the restaurant. It is flourishing all year. The coral color is standing out against all the green leaves in front of the restaurant.
While she is probably enjoying the wind blows her here and there, and spreading her spora, it feels sad. The dangling pistil is left dangling far from its petals. It feels lonely to me. She probably miss being cuddled by its petals. Or, she is probably in fact a tough independent beautiful girl she is.
I put hibiscus flower in every cup of tea I have. It’s sweet, sexy, and cleansing. Mario Batali.
Taman Harum is derived from two words of Bahasa: Taman and Harum. Bahasa is the national language of Indonesia. This is the second language of Balinese people after Balinese as their mother language.
Taman /ta·man/ is a noun which literally means garden or park.
Garden /ˈɡɑːrdn/ is described as a piece of land next to or around your house where you can grow flowers, fruit, vegetables, etc., usually with a lawn (= an area of grass).
Park /pɑːk/ is described as a large public garden or area of land used for recreation.
Our Taman is a piece of land located around our owner house which grows fruits and some tropical flowers. According to the descriptions above, garden is what Taman refers to instead of park.
So, conclusion number one is taman = garden.
Harum/ha·rum/ is and adjective translated as fragrant.
Fragrant /ˈfreɪɡr(ə)nt/ is described as having a pleasant or sweet smell.
And it makes conclusion number two is harum = fragrant.
Putting conclusions number one and number two together, Taman Harum will be translated as a fragrant garden in English.
Taman Harum has no deep meanings whatsoever. Our owner father who is a wood carver and the builder of the cottage loves gardening. He built the cottage with garden as his inspiration and he made it as humble and casual as possible. He didn’t want it to be some botanical garden inspired garden.
The garden is spread over around 3500 m2 piece of land. It is mostly tropical flowers as Bougainvillea, Frangipani etc and some tropical fruits as Rambutan, Soursop and their kind. It gives a sweet fresh smell around the place.