A Sunflower bloomed this week underneath our birdfeeder; germinating from a seed neglected by birds, chipmunk, squirrel and deer. Surrounded by Black Eyed Susans it quietly reminds us that they are the most brilliant tribute to the source of life giving energy for all things on Earth. The sun has shown brightly this summer through many cloud free days yielding record high temperatures and record low precipitation. This recipe has produced miniature versions of usually grandiose perennials and these two self seeders. Stunted by lack of hydration this Sunflower is a simple two feet in stature and the Black Eyed Susan manage eighteen inches.