I took this photo in downtown Annapolis, MD...it was in front of a tiny, very upscale antique shop. Not quite my taste......but I loved the garden! Especially the OPEN sign, the rusty bowl and the Black Eyed Susans!
Black-Eyed Susans are perennial daisies or coneflowers, members of the sunflower family (Asteraceae). The flower heads measure 2 to 3 inches in diameter with yellow rays circling a dark-brown, spherical center. Commonly found in fields and on roadsides, they bloom between May and August, reaching 2 to 3 feet in height. They are native to the United States, east of the Rocky Mountains.
The Black-Eyed Susan has been the official Maryland flower since 1918 when it was designated the "Floral Emblem" of Maryland by the General Assembly. I've lived in Maryland for just about 22 years and I have yet to try and grow these. A neighbor of mine has BUNCHES of them....she's always been generous with sharing from her garden. I'm hoping she'll share some of her Black Eyed Susans with me. Maybe next year I'll be able to take pictures of my on plants!