Well designed and cared for gardens are certainly beautiful, however there is something equally as beautiful and intriguing as a garden that has been planted and tended to by nature. Flowers growing in places they have no business growing, simply because a bird or the wind dropped the seed there months before.
I found this lonely Black-Eyed Susan (Rubeckia) growing in front of a tree while visiting friends in East Hampton this summer. Something about it grabbed my attention. Maybe it was the bright colors of the flowers set against the grayness of the tree's bark. Or maybe it just seemed to have a personality of its own. Whatever it was, it caught my attention and made me smile.