Here's a rice button aster flower head half way through its change. We can see all those fascinating little bits in the middle. Up close, you can see the nature of asters, with all those perfect little individual flowers in the middle. Wonder if the red hat ladies are into close looks at little things. Seems like it would fit right in at their moment in life.
P. S. This morning I discovered that my bushy asters are also called rice button asters. So after I was done with this post, I went looking for info about rice buttons. At first, all I found was info about how to use the rice button on instant cookers. Interesting how things evolve! Ultimately, rice buttons were more fun than that.