If you are looking for some splash of colour and serenity with Nature, head to the Orchid Garden.
You don't have to walk endless miles to infuse yourself with colours to brighten your day. The orchids and plants will delight you and any lattice work of cobwebs on your brain will disappear as you admire the lovelies of nature!
I was there last Sunday to buy potted orchids for friends as Hari Raya fast approaches. The cheery welcome of the costus plants, reddish orangey- with a tinge of yellow, on the walk up the gradual slope definitely cues the visitor to a pleasant visit.
That was the start of the 'distraction'. Instead of heading straight to the stalls for my gifts, I buzzed around snapping clusters of beauties. So immersed I was, I had lost my sense of time and the sun rays filtering through the lingering haze, reminded me on the task at hand.
Whenever I'm short of ideas for gifts, plants like orchids offer a good alternative. No stranger to the orchid stalls, I should be able to just point my finger and say,'I'll have that and that.' But it's not such an easy thing to do. Beauty is everywhere before my eyes. And I go through the whole process of'judging' the plants - colour,shape, hardiness, the person I'm gifting,and a good bargain to make it all the more memorable!
Finally I settled for a specie of the Oncidium. And I did not forget one for myself. Happily I carried the Arundina dwarf and the other plants to my car. I could already see the happy smiles of my friends and the Arundina dancing happily 'like a host of golden daffodils'! Just a different colour.
Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri to my Muslim friends and readers.