I had no idea what this was, but one of my friends on Flickr (jacilluch) pointed out very kindly that it was Nigella damascena. Quick googling revealed its also called devil-in-the-bush, presumably because of its beauty! :-)
He allowed me to get in pretty close, and if you view this in the large version, he seems to be enjoying the attention :-) And while I'm at it, this was one of the most difficult pictures I've ever taken (bugs all around me, the fear of upsetting this guy and spilling the raindrops, high winds)... I captured about 19 shots, and am uploading what I think is the best
And if you look closely, you can see my silhouette in two of the water droplets!
So I found myself outside this house, with wonderful flowers in the garden, and a low-low fence, so I could shoot them.
Of course I started clicking away, and then a woman came out of the house and she was startled! :-) I quickly had to explain what I was doing (while she instead thought we were taking pictures of the house, which she had just bought!)..close call :-) ..but here's the effort.