Starting plants from seed is great fun. Every spring I buy several packets of perennial flower seeds to add to the garden the following year. Some are great successes, others just languish and die. I have to report that rudbeckia “Irish Eyes” is one of the former, and a beautiful, bright, and vigorous addition to the garden as well. The pleasantly disorganized habit, the lovely yellow petals and the green eye are hard to resist. Heavy rain and wind have not bothered this plant, its thick stems have remained as upright after a storm as anyone could hope for. “Irish Eyes” is supposed to be deer resistant, but I have not tried it outside my fenced-in garden (more on fences in a future post).