The hibiscus bowed her head patiently to yet another brief but intense monsoonal deluge, which made the tiling steam.
Twenty minutes later, she cautiously looked up as the hot sun broke through.
The “I’m headed for the beach“, “don’t like the rain” sunchasers don’t know what they’re missing. Maybe their expat lives in concrete apartment blocks don’t allow them to appreciate the magic of a Thai rainy season garden. Or maybe they’re so intent on creating their dream that they miss the beauty of the moments they sidestep like puddles.
It CAN be tempting to look out of the window and see only this:
But a Thai rainy season garden needs you to get some rubber shoes on, brave the soggy and the mud, and get a little up close and personal. Lift up the leaves of the “I’m starting to feel better” krachai….
And be rewarded with THIS, lurking under the caterpillar-eaten leaves:
The Anchan (blue butterfly pea) is literally singing
Both the acerola cherry and the mulberry are BUSY flowering and beginning to set fruit.
And the lotus is in her watery element. The rain drops on her leaves are just as entrancing, only differently, than her exotic blooms.
A garden walk between Thai rainy season deluges is truly a life lesson in mindfulness; it’s a reminder to looks past the mud, the puddles, the inconvenience, the steamy-hot-sticky and the dripping from the leaking roof in the kitchen.
How hot is it? The sunny daytime between-the-rain-showers gets to about 33-34C (think the 90s for the Americans in the room) and the humidity is hovering in the 90% range too. At times, at night when the cloud cover is thick and the breeze picks up, it can feel as if the cosmic air-conditioning is just a little too cool.
The Thai garden is a like any other garden around the world – a mirror for the mindful soul, a delight and nourishment for the body. Let the sunchasers run, and enjoy the quiet of fewer customers and the magic of a little time to be reflective. August is a wonderful time to explore and enjoy the magic of Thailand…. between deluges.
BlissednBlessed in my Thai natural world.