Messy lettuce

It’s summer in Australia, the predicted weather for today is 37 degrees C (98 degrees F). Also, we are not getting much rain. We did get a little the other night, for the first time in a month, but the water tanks are still practically empty. So it’s not surprising that my lettuces have bolted.

mauve_lettuce_flower
The red lettuce in the back still has some tasty leaves, even though these have bolted too. The green ones are too bitter at this stage.

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I guess this looks a little messy, a little weedy, but i’m happy to let these go to flower. Up close, the flowers are very nice actually:

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perfect little yellow circles form, even though the petals are square-edged

And after all, none of these lettuce plants were actually planted by me, they all came from seed after the last ones put out flowers. That’s how a couple of them even managed to escape the wine-barrel bed and grow between the pavers.

brick_lettuce
back when it was just baby lettuce… and tasty đŸ™‚

Hooray for self-sowing edibles!

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