Dusun Hibiscus, Prawirotaman, Jogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

The south-sea beaches to the south of Jogyakarta on the island of Java, Indonesia, are absolutely stunning (see e.g. an earlier photo of Parangtritis in my photostream). But at some point one has to return to the city...

Driving north through the lusciously green countryside dotted with villages and kampungs - some with rermarkable architecture and art in which a synthesis has been made of Catholic christianity and Javanese Hindu forms - the road merges into one of the suburbs of the great city. The kampung Prawirotaman sprang up on a tract of land given by the sultan to one of his military men in the nineteenth century. His three sons developed here a batik industry and later ventured into the guest house trade. And the area is dotted now with many losmen and smallish hotels.

The Jogya Dusun (= Village) Inn is one of these. A small hotel - some call it a boutique hotel - its garden is wonderful. In fact, a staff member is quite the botanist and he has collected many plants, often unusual and hailing from remote places. They are carefully nurtured, and through the small central garden with clattering fountain waft the various floral aromas of the different periods of the day.

This marvellous salmon hibiscus was photographed early on the morning of our departure for the airport. To my eyes it is so beautiful that I must one time return to look at its descendants.

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Taken on July 3, 2008