Of Jarum Tujuh And Bougainvillea


I have no intention to do any gardening this morning because I just had my morning shower and I just want to sit down and enjoy my cup of hot Milo. But then when I went out to water the plants I realized these two pots of jarum tujuh and bunga kertas were almost toppled to the ground.

So putting on my gardener’s hat, I tried to put those plants upright but they just can’t because of the heavy foliage. Those thorny branches from jarum tujuh somehow got tangled with the thick old branches of the bougainvillea..sigh!

So I thought since that’s how the problem looks like, I might as well prune some of the thick foliage of jarum tujuh with my big gardening scissors. After a quick pruning, the plant looks just nice but I was left with a massive junk of thorny branches.

Next I tried to tackle the problem with the bougainvillea. First in order to make it stable, I pruned most of the branches even the old one. I’ve had this bunga kertas for the past 13 years, mind you. After pruning it, I was able to move the pot around. But then I noticed that there’s a thick root coming out from underneath the pot, so no matter how I nudged the pot it keeps on leaning to one side. I have no choice but to severe the root from the soil underneath the pot. Once I was able to put the pot upright, I started to clean up all the debris.

The cleaning process took some time because the branches got tangled with money plants. As I raked the foliage, they keep on tangling more. I have to stop raking and cut all the money plants first.

It makes me realized one thing about how problem arises in life. Sometimes menial stuff happens that at first just annoy and irritate us. We get busy with life and let it festers some more. We don’t extinguish the problem from its root and soon it creates havoc.

We get tangled so bad until we get hurt from the toppling and the heavy foliage with thorns eventually scratches our soul. To be free we need to severe some connection. In order to move on and move forward, we have to let go something even if we have had it with us for so long.

That’s what I learned from my plants today. And this song lingers in my head somehow.

Entah mengapa mataku ini
Halaman orang nampak berseri
Laman sendiri berwarna warni
Tak bererti

Terlalu asyik memandang bintang
Merenung bulan tinggi di awan
Bumi dipijak
Rumput yang hijau kulupakan..

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