I was doing some yard work this week and stopped to consider the roses. I have these tea roses that bloom constantly throughout the summer and well into the fall. It’s got these masses of light pink, fragrant blooms at its peak in June. With a relatively mild autumn, we had blooms much later into the season than usual. But some of the rosebuds waited too long to bloom, and were frozen in place.
We hear a lot in culture about late bloomers. Colonel Sanders comes to mind. And there’s a place for late bloomers in culture and in nature alike. But there’s a lesson in the roses too. Don’t wait too long to bloom, or you may die with unfinished potential.