This is what happens when a heat wave hits and you want your lettuce to survive. You do everything in your power* to shade that plant. Everything, that is, that doesn’t require moving the container inside (too heavy and wet). Or moving it to a shadier spot. Or putting out any effort at all.**
Yup, a Die Hard Gardener. That’s me.
Alright, time to get back to writing . . .***
*This should be said in the movie trailer guy’s voice: deep, resonant, and overly dramatic.
**To be fair, I had to find the umbrella. And that umbrella was one I bought in Tokyo a number of years ago (it has cherry blossoms!). So actually, if one were to include the time and effort it took to bring that umbrella back to the States, store it, then find it for this purpose, well . . .
***As for the title of this post, my husband saw what I had done and asked, “What, are they Parisian lettuce? They need a parasol?”