Corn, hanging wall plantings and more Hydrangeas!

Its corn season here in the Piedmont of North Carolina! And that’s a good thing! I love corn. Cooking the ears in boiling water is the simplest but when the temps are in the 90sf as it has been for the past week I try not to cook inside and instead use the natural gas grill on the patio. The grill is tapped into the natural gas line for the furnace so there are no tanks to refill! Its easy! And with the total cost of $3.00 for 12 ears you cannot go wrong!

The simplest way to grill is to place corn directly on the grill. You can leave the husk on which creates a steamy environment for those kernels to cook! I had removed the husk here. You also could add spices or herbs or flavor them with herb butters. I like to taste the sweetness of the corn so just a little butter is fine by me!

In Cameron Village Shopping Center they have installed these beautiful hanging plantings. They seem to be appearing all around town.

There are about a dozen different shapes and designs through out the shopping center.

The Basjoo banana bloom continues to develop! I am still surprised that it decided to bloom at only 5 feet tall.

And several lilies are blooming. In the past, voles would have eaten the lilies before they bloomed but thanks to a black snake I have seen often my vole issue seems to be under control! This is an unusual color which was included in a mixed bag.


The hydrangeas continue to delight me! I think they are my favorite blooming shrub?  Thank you Mother Nature for the rain! This is an Incrediball Hydrangea which is a cultivar of the Smooth Hydrangea ( Hydrangea arborescens). I love its sister Annabelle, too, but I have not found a location for a few of those……yet!

So little room!! I really need to buy that house next door…………


Filed under cooking, Food, Vegetables

18 responses to “Corn, hanging wall plantings and more Hydrangeas!

  1. I do like those hanging planters! How long do you leave the corn on the grill?


  2. I love sweet corn from the North. Its not nearly as good here. Your flowers look great.


  3. I know that feeling… ‘so little room’. The corn looks good. Maybe I will try to grow some next year.


  4. We have corn roasts here each summer that attract many hundreds of people. Roasted corn is delicious.
    I wonder how many times each day they have to water the hanging planters. It looks like they could dry out fast in the sun.


  5. Gorgeous lily, hydrangeas, corn and amazing banana. The black snake still creeps me out (it was big) but yay for no voles! 🙂


  6. Fresh corn on the grill is very Yummy! Sometimes, I top it with Cumin butter,..even more delicious! A cool post! 😊


  7. Your hanging hydrangeas look very pretty!


  8. The local sweet corn isn’t ready just yet, but I’m waiting with keen anticipation. The fresh corn is good enough to eat even without butter.


  9. Wow, corn around here is perhaps 6-8 inches tall! Growing like a weed, but still.
    For New England, corn and tomatoes are more of a Labor Day treat than a 4th of July treat. (aside from all those Canadian! greenhouse tomatoes that is)


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