Fragrant Quote for December 2nd, 2011 from In the beauty of meadow and mountain By Charles Coke Wood

The farmer's fields are the fruit of the plow. Few flowers are more sightly than maize in full tassel and silk. The comely curves and deep-green of its leaves, the tassel, full-hung with tiny and pendant flecks of bloom, and the husk-hidden ear with its tender and beautiful silk—these are a sight worth any one's seeing. No distiller of perfumes has quite caught the corny-scent that flows from such a field when wind-blown. It is good enough for the gods. There is a pleasing, reminiscent atmosphere that hangs about a shock of corn. It piques the memory and minds you of summer showers, fragrance, and sunshine. Then, when the corn is husked, to see the hopper piled above the rim with great, white ears—that is a sight that gladdens the heart of man and beast! Wait a little, and you shall have hoecakes, corn-pone, or batter-cakes, according as you like.