It's always fun to be surprised one day by an entirely new, unexpected flower growing in the garden. I first saw this one last year, poking its tall stalks up in our dog's spacious pen. I didn't have a chance to sketch it then but I've been keeping my eye on it this summer and I kept it watered during our long drought. It finally began opening its petals and I was able to look it up in "Wildflowers of the Great Lakes Region." -- Wild Lettuce.