It was a power failure.
[…] "Whole city shuts down, but the garden just keeps going," Leona said. She talked on, how plants don't run on electricity or clock time, how none of nature did. How nature ran on sunlight and rain and the seasons, and how I was part of that system. (11.7-8)
According to Maricela, Leona has some pretty cool things to say about time. So let's break down Leona's theory. She says there are two kinds of time. First, there's "clock time." Since Leona mentions electricity, we're thinking she means that "clock time" relies on machines like alarm clocks and timers. And Leona says plants just don't keep track of time this way. Instead, plants run on the second type of time, which is based on the seasons. Seasonal time isn't necessarily the same as "clock time"—after all, plants aren't going to listen to alarm clocks; they're going to listen to the sun. We have to admit, if running on "clock time" means we have to wake up to a 6:00AM alarm but the sun doesn't wake us up until 9:00am, well we're thinking the sun might just be the winner.