The rudbeckia (foreground in photo) are just starting to shine. Their radiant and enduring blooms elevate rudbuckia to flora stardom in my garden.
Rudbeckia are, in fact, members of the huge Asteraceae family--aster meaning "star"--so called for their ray-like petals. (Sunflowers, daisies, zinnias, marigolds, calendula, and dandelions are a few common asteraceae.)
The center disk of an asteraceae blossom is actually a composite of countless tiny, petal-less flowers, which must surely explain why they are so prolific!
"I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." --Psalm 34:4-5 NIV