I forgot how different in time the blooming was down by the creek in the sunshine and in the deep shade of the overgrown septic field. I'd given up on seeing the flowers this year. At lunch i stepped out of the house and found what appears as four small plants each with a few flowers each! I know i looked over there yesterday, noticing that the lady fern had sprouted up. I transplanted those plants, too, in a rescue from the damage that would happen with the tree of heaven removal.
I've realized we have the technology: i'm going to set up our GoPro to watch the garden while i'm gone. I can see it grow (fingers crossed) in timelapse when i get back.