The roots erupt a few hours after the bottom of the bulb touches the water. We watch with interest as the roots lengthen every day, the pure white tendrils answering the call of gravity.
Meanwhile, above water, the top of the bulb erupts with green which grows day to day. Before long the center of the bulb looks different, not merely expanding leaves. As it grows, it is apparent blossoms are curled inside and over a few days, they open.
The transformation is complete. A small plant sits on the table where it absorbs sufficient light.
However, this small plant demands attention. Walking downstairs towards the table, one is immersed in hyacinth-scented air. It fills the living room and wafts into the kitchen. The blooms last a week
and the scent lingers for a day after the plant becomes compost. For the two to three weeks it grew and bloomed, it was impressive.
There is a lesson here.