This is such a hard time to maintain even a small degree of hope for the future, so when I find something, I honor and share it.
Yesterday, I was at the Garfield Park Conservatory for a beautiful wedding. We were outside, the sun was shining, and though it was a bit chilly, we had a wonderful time.
I found out the Conservatory has several century plants – one of them began to grow its bloom stalk in 2016, and it really started to spurt last January. This type of agave (actually part of the asparagus family) – grows very large over many decades, then blooms – ONCE – and dies.
The stalk is now more than 30 feet tall, not fully in bloom yet, but here is what brought me to tears as I looked up at it. They removed a roof section to make room for the plant’s bloom stalk!!! How often in life do we find a building that makes adjustments for a plant??
Here is an article from the Chicago Tribune (Feb. 14, 2019) that describes this:
The reporter states this particular plant is at least 55 years old! Phew! Maybe we all can learn how to make our own adjustments for whatever needs room for growth . . .