This bud's for you!
I drove to south of Portland, OR and met my son and his wife, two of her sisters, and a brother-in-law so we could enjoy the dahlia festival at Swan Island in Canby. 40 acres of dahlias! Fantastic photo op. Of course, I bought some too.
This bud made me think of globe thistles and artichokes, the way the petals are arranged.