Life in a superinsulated solar house. More about the life than about the solar.
Hmm, sure seems like sort of metaphor about breaking out of our protected little pots and flourishing!
It seems like an Aesop fable, doesn't it? Or the Brave Little Marigold that Could.
My marigolds wither and die. Yours manage to flourish no matter what. I need to learn what you're doing right.
It's simple: get some pots that someone else has planted marigold seeds in, at some unknown time. Lay the pots on their sides and neglect them for months so the seeds can fall out into the scanty dirt next to the driveway. Notice that the resulting plants look familiar and don't pull them when you weed. After they bloom and you know what they are, start watering them occasionally when it hasn't rained. I'd heard that marigolds thrive on neglect, but I would have thought this was more than they meant.