I am growing quinoa for the first time this year. I actually attempted to grow it last year, but found out after all of my diligent weeding that all that lambs quarters I thought I was pulling was actually my poor quinoa seedlings.
This year my quinoa patch has grown pretty much undisturbed until now. At 5.5 feet, it waves over my head in the breeze. But otherwise it doesn’t draw notice. It looks like a boring green weed and I haven’t visited the patch much because it’s full enough to hold it’s own against real weeds.
This week though, I took a closer look at it wondering when it was going to go to flower. At was surprised to see it was in flower. Each tiny bud looked like it had tiny yellow alien antennas. They are so small I didn’t even realize those antennas extended all around in a full flower. I decided to take a pic to share it with you and was blown away at the detail my cameras macro caught. It’s a whole other world in there!
To see what I mean click on the pictures. When you get to flickr, right click on the picture and choose Original size.
For scale, here’s how it compares to my finger. I hope this picture isn’t too racy for the blog, I seem to have pollinated myself a bit 😀