037 Just living is not enough…enjoy the flowers

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

I was reminded of these words of Han Christian Andersen when I spotted these pretty flowers blooming in a neighbourhood park this morning.

I cannot agree more. At this time of the year, trees blossom and the air is perfumed with the scent of flowers. All you need to do is to go out to the parks. You must go.

The most spectacular sight is the blossoming sakura-look-alike trees, Tabebuia rosea, aka the Trumpet Trees. These tall trees distinctively stand out from other trees for their white and pinkish trumpet-shaped flowers, which also gives the tree its name.

Its blossom bears an uncanny resemblance to cherry blossoms. As the flowers fall onto the ground, they miraculously produce a melodramatic feel that is commonly found in the scenes of Korean love dramas.

I caught sight of this beautiful scene in a small park along Bukit Panjang Ring road last Monday. The jubilation of seeing a bed of fallen flowers created a stir in my heart. I halted my footsteps to allow myself to soak in the mood.

I know my love for flowers has grown since I learnt to appreciate the simple joys in life. It heightened after I started bringing home flowers that are routinely discarded in the office when a new floral arrangement arrives. Look, this is what that greets me every morning and evening at our doorsteps.

These flowers really raise my spirits, I can’t help smiling looking at them. Embarrassingly, I know next to nothing about the different species of orchids, and how to care for them better. I can only pray that they do not wither too fast under my care.

I thought I have been doing a good job in the floral arrangements of these orchids though. Perhaps, gardening and floral arrangement can become my new hobbies.

However, I have some concerns about picking up these new hobbies. My friends are already telling me that my degree of ”auntisation” is getting out of hand. (laughs)

William W. K. Tan

24 March 2018

Saturday, 4 pm

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