This odd-ball looking flower bud is from the Brugmansia that has been hammered by hail. While the leaves are completely desiccated, the buds have formed and look like they'll be putting on a fantastic display in spite of their pathetic looking leaves.
Another rain storm has left more of the garden on the ground. I've completely exhausted my supply of bamboo stakes! I've made a preemptive strike on the sunflowers this afternoon in hopes of keeping them upright, and have gathered together and stuffed into a circle of stakes and twine the Veronicastrum. The window of opportunity is very slim to get these chores done - I have to move quickly between the bouts of heavy rain and the unbelievable masses of bees that are attracted to the slender white blossoms of the Veronicastrum.