Corn Stalks and Morning Glory Vines

Every summer, whether or not corn is planted in this field, thousands of Morning Glory vines grown out of the soil. Purple, pink, white, and tiny orange flowers climb up the stalks and stems of anything else that grows here.

The flowers only appear before noon, then retreat until the following morning. Their presence on the tall cornstalks doesn’t seen to hurt the development of the ears. It’s almost as though the flashy Morning Glories attract the insects necessary to polinate the small, drab, brown flowers on the corn tops.
These opportunistic guests will always be here, because each blossom produces a seed pod that is plowed under in the fall, with six new seeds ready to sprout next spring. What a beautiful addition these hardy vines make to these monotonous rows of our most cultivated food.

4 thoughts on “Corn Stalks and Morning Glory Vines

  1. Lovely, Morning Glories are so beautiful. Vann, not only are you sharing beautiful picture; but also all the information about your subjects. Our own private tutor, Love it! Thanks as usual

  2. Morning Glories by Mary Oliver

    Blue and dark-blue
    rose and deepest rose
    white and pink they

    are everywhere in the diligent
    cornfield rising and swaying
    in their reliable

    finery in the little
    fling of their bodies their
    gear and tackle

    all caught up in the cornstalks.
    The reaper’s story is the story
    of endless work of

    work careful and heavy but the
    reaper cannot
    separate them out there they

    are in the story of his life
    bright random useless
    year after year

    taken with the serious tons
    weeds without value
    humorous beautiful weeds.

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