We have corn growing in the field behind our house and in the one across the road in front of our house this year. Last year, there was wheat behind us and beans in front of us. I kind of like it when it's all corn, because it feels cozy. It also perfumes the air with the telltale aroma of corn plants. Even with my eyes closed, I can tell there's corn growing all around.
There's an old adage that says corn should be "knee-high by the 4th of July." I've said before that with advances in farming, it no longer holds true in our area (zone 5 northwest Ohio), but this year has blown that completely out of the water.
Yesterday was the 4th of July. Today, the corn measures 9' 2" , as shown by this photo I took today of six-foot-one Romie, standing next to it. I think this is the tallest I've ever seen the corn and it likely isn't done growing just yet.
It's also tasseled out and shooting ears already.
The weather this year has been the topic of conversation ever since it started out this spring with warmer than normal temperatures that hung around instead of lasting just a couple of weeks. That has translated into bloom times being early and growth patterns being oddly out of sync with what we call "normal" around here.
I've had asters blooming for over a week and some of the Prophet mums that I've kept pruned back, insist on blooming, too. The toad lily that bloomed a couple of weeks ago is now forming seed pods, something the toad lilies rarely have enough time to do before frost.
Autumn could be interesting.