Brown-eyed Susans

©2004 Ruth B. McDowell

The contrast between the dark blackish brown velvety centers and the bright yellow petals of the Brown-eyed Susan always enchants me. Whether sprinkled across fields as the native species or growing in gardens as the larger rudbeckias, the plans speaks of summer. The dark seedheads last through the snows, food for birds and a sign of the passing of seasons.

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