We often grow plants for their leaves–for example lettuce, spinach, basil and parsley yield delicious salad greens and herbs. In a typical growth cycle leaves and stems appear and then flowers, seeds, and sometimes fruit. Yet, when plants cultivated for leaves mature, we say they are ‘bolting’. For us, they are running out of control—in reality, they are bolting to their natural destiny.
This summer a few lettuce plants in my garden bolted so I decided to leave them to see what would happen. Oval green buds formed until one day little yellow flowers appeared. A quick internet search informed me that lettuce is a member of the Daisy family! Who knew? Here are a couple of haiku on the topic:
to golden starlets—
Slender stems grow tender buds—
bursting daisy stars.
The current theme of TJ’s Household Haiku, posted every Saturday, is ‘Bud’.