|These brilliant flowers are bee and butterfly magnets|
I bought this local bloom at the El Cerrito Farmers Market on Sunday. It was too stunning to pass up. Negligence in the garden isn't often rewarded, but when left unpicked the edible buds of the artichoke open into spectacular flowers like the one above. I photographed flowering artichokes in 2012 when I had just started my blog and I'm still at it.