Suddenly, I glimpsed a crimson flash amid the green. It was just a small bunch, which had burst open on the warm, sunny side of the tree.
I got thinking about why this little group was so alive, when all of the other buds were still snoozing in their tiny, green sleeping bags. It came down to:
- It is in their DNA, of course. However, without a number of other factors that would not be enough.
- They had the right conditions (the sunny side of the tree).
- They had some like-minded buddies (get it? ha ha) to hang out with. By clustering they collectively drew a little more goodness from the tree, which helped them to convert the energy from the sun much quicker so they could flower. (If you want a science lesson check out chlorophyll and photosynthesis).
- Decide what we want - our goals/objectives/stuff we want to do.
- Put ourselves in the right place/take steps to make it happen. You can't just wait for the right things to fall into your lap. Even plants know better than this - they know how grow towards the sun.
- Find people with similar aspirations, learn from them and work together to support each other.
|Pohutukawa in bud|
|Flower buds snoozing in their sleeping bags|
|Glorious Pohutukawa flowers. GO RED|