Apr. 5, 2018

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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.