Thanks, guys! My dinner companions graciously suggested some postings for this week. No puzzling over choices this week. And it sure was fun joining them to see Sherlock Holmes, with a very big assist from Irene Adler, solve the mystery of VanGogh's missing ear.
Blue-eyed Mary was the first choice. Maybe because they are a little hard to find here in Michigan. And they're a lot more fun to see than the missing ear. Blue-eyed Mary is a winter annual. It germinates in the fall, lives through winter, then dies in spring. Their germination and survival rates vary with changes in precipitation and temperature. In 2013 when I took these pictures, there were only a few plants. Other years there are large patches at that spot. Either way, a beautiful flower and a good choice.