Measuring the Corn – Again

This corn is way over my head – 84″ tall in fact!

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A week ago when I went through the ditch to measure the corn, I ended up with a nasty rash on my ankles so this time I put on long pants – and they were soooooo hot! There’s lots of corn taller than this and already tasseled and some even has ears on the stalk. That corn was planted earlier than this corn but never fear, this will catch up. Heat and humidity make corn grow and it was certainly hot today.

Around the yard…..

A volunteer sunflower

A hydrangea tree mixed in with day lilies

And then the pumpkin patch – they grow so fast! Heat and humidity also grow pumpkin vines!

I’m reading The Hangman’s Daughter on my Kindle which is a story about witchcraft in a village in the 1600’s. Quite different from Woman in the Window which I loved!

It’s a slow farm news day. Talk more later this week.

34 thoughts on “Measuring the Corn – Again

  1. Launa

    Mary, The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye…or so the song goes. Good to see all the farm pictures and Hazel checking the pumpkin patch. The flowers look beautiful. Our property has more wild Lupine blooming, some Queen Anne’s Lace popping with white blooms, some bright blue flowers I don’t recognize and a scattering of yellow Buttercups. None of the California Poppy seeds I scattered have made it up at our altitude.

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    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Launa – I’m glad to hear you say that summer is finally there – flowers blooming. Hope you’ve turned off your wood stove!

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      1. Launa

        We hit 82 up at our altitude on Monday.
        Stove has been off quite a while, but it will be wonderful this winter as it has a programmable thermostat and a great blower…heats 4000 sq. ft.

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  2. Kathy Schwartz

    That Iowa corn is beautiful. We are sitting here is SW Minn. with about 40 acres under water due to the 15 inches of rain we had in about one week. The water has no place to go. It should go to the Des Moines river. The frogs are croaking, the ducks are swimming and the geese are floating. The worst (other than the loss) is the stink. It is sand bag city around here. Many are going to Lake Shetek to save homes. The white bags fall off of the trucks, the Sheriff comes by and picks up the bags, dumps the sand on the highway and throws the empty bags in the ditch. It is quite an interesting process.

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    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy – your area sounds like north of us and no, it’s not pretty. Our ponds in the fields are pretty much gone and things are looking nice again. Here’s hoping for drying days for you!

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  3. Jo

    It’s so hot here, the chickens are laying hard boiled eggs!!!
    My quilting studio is in the basement, ah, so nice.
    Mary, your yard and garden looks beautiful. All the work you did this spring and summer shows.

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  4. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Hi Mary,
    The corn here is enormous too: we just got back today from our trip to the Virgin Islands (which was a great trip – beautiful tropical fish, but so sad to see all the hurricane damage, on the islands and also under water on the reefs) – and there has been a heatwave here with no rain since well before we left – the pumpkins and the corn are doing great, as are all the hot weather loving plants like rosemary and lavender, the lawn, not so much!

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    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Fiona – sounds like a pretty long trip! I’m not a traveler but would love to see it all.

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  5. Rita S

    I bet you got your rash from Wild Parsnips. It is worst then poison ivy. It looks like Queen Anne’s Lace, only yellow. One to stay away from.

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  6. Paula

    I received my Hometown USA pattern yesterday and did not realize the houses in it. Love the pattern and hope to make it this winter or before. Thanks so much. Paula in KY

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  7. Kelley

    Love your corn updates! The corn here was almost fully grown by the 4th of July and we are sure enjoying the sweet corn.

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  8. Pat Pratt

    We are having the first corn today!!! can’t wait…
    Read several “Hangman” books. Did enjoy them. A suggestion for you: When You Disappeared by John Marrs. Excellent book. Kept me thinking the whole time. It is on Kindle.

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  9. Amy M

    The pictures are beautiful. We had a big corn debate last week over the 4th. Is there more than one ear of corn on a stalk of corn or not? Google says it depends on the kind of corn. Here in Kansas we are eating the “candy corn” that is two colors and it is so good. I’m assuming it is from Arkansas or Texas. We need rain so bad. The lake on Mothers Day weekend was down one foot and over the 4th it is now down 4 feet. The ladder to the dock is not even in the water. Many people can’t even get to their boats because they are too low. Plus swimming off the dock is basically swimming in seaweed since it is so shallow it is growing like crazy. I actually have a book recommendation if you haven’t already read it, a very quick read but I found it very good. The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede. It is the stories of many international flights that were grounded there on 9/11 and the people on board the flights and the towns people that took them in. The week after the 4th is sad, it means summer is half over. And the kids go back to school so early in August now that is is probably more than half over for many.

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    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Amy M – so sad about your lakes, etc. everything here is lush and so green – we are lucky in this neighborhood not to have gotten too much – just perfect amounts. Must be sad to go to the lake for swimming and boating! Okoboji is so high they have a NO WAKE law in effect. One good windstorm will take out Connie’s dock and many more because the water is so high!
      Thank you for the book recommendation – sounds excellent and I would enjoy it!
      Yes, summer is half over and I hate that, too!

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  10. Susan Fiorito

    Seeing the picture of the corn reminds of the song in Oklahoma Oh What a Beautiful Morning… The corn is as high as an Elephant’s Eye…

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  11. Linda Redemske

    Mary…Just watched a Quilt Roadie YouTube with a guy named Scott Hansen. He gives you and Connie credit for getting him in the quilt business. Your fame reaches far and wide!

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      1. Linda Redemske

        Just do a Quilt Roadie search on YouTube. I think the title is in the Bee Hive with Scott Hansen. l enjoy watching The Quilt Roadies. There is always a quilt shop stop in their travels.

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      2. Mary Evans

        Mary, Scott Hansen is a cool dude. He designed a new line of batiks…and he’s teaching this week at Sisters. Wish I could go, haven’t been able to ‘do’ the heat for several years now.

        BTW, did I mention a new book by Alafair Burke that I really enjoyed? It’s “The Wife”. She is a prolific writer, much like her father James Lee B. She really outdid herself this time!!
        Mary in Portland

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        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Mary – that book is on my Amazon list! I can’t wait! Yes, I know Scott is at Sisters – oh my goodness, we all met so many years ago!

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  12. Cynthia Sabinske

    Beautiful photo of the corm, and wow has it ever grown! Tasseling just around the corner! Love your blog!

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  13. Dianne H.

    Hi Mary,
    I love to see the “corn report” every week. My husband always asks me about it. Then he compares it to the corn growing here in Holmes County, Ohio.
    I hope you’re enjoying “The Hangman’s Daughter”. Several years back, I listened to it on CD while I was sewing quilts and learned many things about life in the 1600s in Poland (?). If I remember correctly, there are four books in that series. I enjoyed them all.

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    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Dianne H -it says this is one of 5. I’m enjoying it but don’t know if I can read five in a row without a break. Might have to throw in a murder mystery.

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    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Dianne -I’m sitting in the porch listening to that corn rustling in the wind -pure delight!

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