Well… here goes.
I felt for some reason that I would be able to find something useful to say here…please bear with me.
I planted some Gladioli back in the spring. After the bulbs were in the ground and covered with mulch, I waited for what seemed like forever: weeks and weeks before I saw a single green shoot peek up out of the ground. I second-guessed myself about how deep I planted them, if they would get enough sun, if they were sheltered enough, etc. etc. I had to resist the very strong urge to dig one up and disturb it just to see if it was doing anything under there.
Every single bulb I planted grew and bloomed beautifully by the way. I somehow found the patience to leave them be and do their thing.
I learned that the bulbs actually take that time to gather nutrients from the surrounding soil and strengthen themselves for the growing season. It is a crucial part of their development that cannot be hurried along.
I like to think that I have been absorbing nutrients for many years and preparing to sprout…but in reality my bulb has used much energy in protecting itself from the toxins in the soil, and has been forced to send fine root hairs far through the earth to find nutrition. Lately I have found the greatest source of nutrition at Thulean Perspective.
I can just begin to see the light of day…