A look at the garden:
Dahlia! Gardeners love these dreamy flowers. Originally from Mexico, these flowers have been cultivated for over 200 years.
Definitely an aster with many colorful ray flowers, and small, five-petaled disk flowers in the center.
This closeup of a dahlia shows petals (that is, ray flowers) unfolding and the presence of small, two-lobed stigmas.
Scientific name and family:
Garden dahlia/Dahlia pinnata – Aster Family: Asteraceae