It stood out and was in its prime.
I loved the hairiness of it, which extended all the way down and into the leaves.
Best pic of the bud/blossom:
UPDATE: Tue 30 JUN 09
Aha! "Hairy" is a coneflower.
It's gonna be coneflower heaven out there pretty soon. Stay tuned.
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)
Purple Coneflower (ref2)