I looked at the last couple of photos and realized that the blog was looking a little pale and anemic - so including this close-up of a Rudbeckia I started from seed this winter. It's a little different from the other 'Cappuccino' blossoms - they are coffee & red cocoa coloured - although this wasn't supposed to happen - do like the stripey effect.
And this will be the only bright colour I'll be seeing for a while - the sky is dark and it's begun to rain yet again. Thunder is all around. What a summer!