Well, I can't see ya...
But, definitely you are not an idiot.
I am simply awestruck that garlic would be difficult to get to sprout.
Now growing it is a whole 'nother kettle of fish, and it needs the cold to help it grow.
I have got to simply keep on learning.
You know, it is awesome the cultural differences in gardening even.
Hey, I have folks say, what do you mean you can't grow onions and peas, they are sooooo easy... No they are impossible!!!
It is amazing to me. I know, the garlic I buy could have cold stored. But, not the ones I grew... I harvested them in really hot weather, they dried overnight, then I braided them, and hung them in my kitchen.
I know my kitchen is rarely below 70, often above... so how come mine break dormancy and sprout in my kitchen?
I must have always seen odd garlic! Surely I missed something somewhere.
Not you Gixxx... just differences in areas, and in the plants apparently.
Talk to your plants.... If your plants talk to you... Run!