Oh joy! My Cymbidium orchids are sending up flower spikes. I’ve counted nine so far – the most I’ve ever had on one plant. Other pots have one or two spikes emerging but the plant I’ve deliberately kept in the light as an experiment, is what’s producing flower spikes.
Garden wisdom says the leaves are the best indicator of future flower success. The leaves should be a light, lime green to a yellowish colour. In the past, I admit to having felt a little smug about my lush, emerald-green growth – until flowering season arrived and I had no blooms! So it was back to the drawing board having lost for a whole year, my opportunity for a six-week long, magnificent flower display .
The disconcerting fact is that spikes appearing this early has never happened for me before. August/September is flowering time for these orchids here and yet it’s still only mid April. It does takes weeks for orchid spikes to develop, so blooms are some time away yet. Even so, I fear climate change is a player in this early appearance. What does the future hold?
The thing is, the path ahead to ‘destination future’ isn’t clear. The twists and turns along the way, are not always predictable. Still, I stride out, intrigued about what lies ahead, what is just beyond the next bend, just beyond my ken. Given recent events, a near-miss for me and my daughter and a tragic death in our community, it would be easy to be fearful. But there is no option to stay put, nor to turn back and retread the familiar path back to the past.
So I look forward again and imagine a fork in the path up ahead. I can go either way. Both signposts read ‘The Future’. The choice is mine. Metaphorically, I scratch my head, suffering as I do with ‘decisional paralysis’. Will I choose to take the way less lit? Or will I choose the path called ‘Optimism’, which appears much brighter somehow? Either way it seems to me unlikely my destination will be different. Only my perception of it is optional.
The way is clear.
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading”
― Gautama Buddha