All that remains of my beautiful Black-eyed Susan plant is a bunch of stems topped with petal-less seed heads. I can't even bear to show you. This is what happened: The finches arrived. They're pretty and fun to watch but they totally destroyed my flowers. They arrived at the buffet and did not leave until they had littered my deck with the yellow petals from my flowers and plucked out all of the seeds from the center of the bloom. But Susan is a survivor, so she'll return next year, and I'm sure the cycle will start all over again.