I’m sure many of you have experienced the same mind-boggling weather we’ve been “enjoying” this winter. I’m told it’s been warmer than average in Florida, yet here it’s been unbearably, dangerously cold. We have set new records for cold, number of days below zero, and we’ve had piles and piles and PILES of snow. It’s April and STILL snowing.
Anyone else ready for a vacation?
Thankfully we’ve started to slowly get a few days in the 40’s and the snow has started to retreat a little. I’m not ready to trust that this is Spring yet though. I’m a little suspicious of the weather these days. I wonder what sort of impact this will have on our growing season this year?
Last year I planted “Glass Gem Corn.” I planted a mere 8 plants hoping to test it out and see how it grew. I have to say, I am quite impressed with it’s hardiness. It survived 2 hail storms (which laid it flat, but it stood back up), a nest of rabbits that lived under it which ended up being dug up by a coyote, and then it survived a tornado. (Which caused almost $10k in damage to our home) The tornado twisted the stalks and laid them flat for the 3rd time. I thought for sure it was a loss. Surprisingly enough though, it once again stood back up…though it looked a little tipsy.
Anyway, we did get some ears of corn. I’ll share a few photos with you so you can see how pretty it really is.
The above was my favorite ear of corn. I don’t know why. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but it was such a rich, strong purple with the lighter pinks and even a few random green kernels thrown in.
This one was also a favorite due to it’s wild “party” mix of colors. I especially liked the intense orange kernels. They looked good mixed with the deep, intense blues I got.
So, I was quite impressed with the plants strength and ability to bounce back. I think I’ll plant a slightly larger crop this year and see what turns up!