Since I hate July, it may seem strange that a flower that starts blooming in July is my favorite. But it is. I absolutely love Rudbeckia, more commonly known as Black-Eyed Susan. They appear in the midst of the hot, bright misery that is July and they make me smile because, to me, they symbolize the approaching end of summer and the upcoming arrival of the harvest season and fall. Sweet, beautiful, cooler fall. My favorite time of year.
The cheery faces of Rudbeckia seem to whisper, soon, soon. They speak of their larger cousin, the sunflower, pumpkins growing on vines, days growing ever so slightly shorter and leaves that will soon be tinged with red, yellow and orange.
Rudbeckia reminds me that this summer, like all the other seemingly endless summers, will, in fact, end. They also remind me that there are good things about summer and that I should enjoy those good things before they’re gone.