Rain, rain, rain here in the southeast. There are more flowering bushes than flower gardens here in North Carolina, however, black-eyed susans are resilient even in this (summer) weather of heat and little rain. Most of my "b-es" are gone, but I did notice this last one reaching up towards the rain. In Northern Michigan I enjoyed leaving a few of my dead flowers uncut - they were pretty once again when the snow fell upon them for the first time.
|"No More Plumage"|
|"Hanging in There"|
Almost hidden under the heavy, wet leaves was this last spot of gold. But I know this patch of hardy flowers will be back next spring. This really isn't a last "hurrah" - they will be back stronger and more plentiful than ever. I know as I have tried to eradicate black-eyed susans in the past. I learned pretty quickly it is much easier to just go with the flow.