07 August 2011


The two fields immediately to the west of us have never been planted before, so we've got used to having a fairly open vista from our dog-walking route up the boundary. This year, the fields' drainage was improved and they were both planted with corn. It's been interesting to watch it growing. Although we grow corn in our garden, there's something much more impressive about it when there's a whole field full.

This was the view on June 29th:

By July 18th the corn was looking a lot sturdier, thanks to some rain and warm weather:

And now our view from the same spot is... Well, it's just of corn, really.

There's something claustrophobic about it and the spikes on the top of the plants make me think of soldiers carrying pikestaffs. I feel as though we are being besieged by an army (shades of Macbeth from the other night, perhaps). I wonder if John Wyndham had Zea mays in mind when he wrote The Day of the Triffids?

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