If flowers could talk they’d be cheering today for relief of summer rain, mostly gentle with a few heavy outbursts. Their droopy blooms are partly because of the showers and partly results of too long dehydration. Normally both the Jerusalem Artichoke and the Black Eyed Susan would be upright without need of help from staking. Both are native species, so tend to survive the ever challenging and changing Midwest climate. Jerusalem Artichoke is a deep rooted perennial while the Black Eyed Susan is a biennial. The latter bloom seems to enjoy teasing me by choosing a new place to grow and bloom each year in my garden. Thus is the nature of the biennial, blooming from seed versus the perennial whose roots assure stability. Today their yellow hues seem more brilliant in an otherwise grayed scene. It seems they are the brilliance of the day, not having to compete with sun for attention.