Rudbeckia hirta ‘Irish Eyes’ cheers up the southern entrance to the garden this week. The long stalks, blown over in a storm, rest amid some Monarda that is enjoying an extended blooming period. Yellow and red are not a favored color combination in my garden, but the monarda is not usually blooming at this time of year. In general the garden is doing better than average for August. Almost all the blooms are happenstance, much appreciated happenstance.