Dahlias By The Dozen

A 10-day break from the garden for a wonderful family retreat at Lake Tahoe means lots of extra work this week! We returned to blooms and veggies needing picking, and we’ve hit the ground running. Today I harvested many pounds of beans, squash, tomatoes, and marionberries.

Down in the dahlia and gladiolus beds, I removed spent flowers and took in the best of the blooms. I’ve got dahlias on the brain!

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Since I first read about Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby, Oregon, I’d wanted to visit. One of our raised beds is filled with varieties of dahlias from that farm. My wish came true yesterday on our return trip. Here in photos is some of the magic of that place.

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It’s completely impossible to pick favorites. For vibrant, gorgeous color, Fired Up stood out.

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Two other amazing ones out of hundreds of outstanding dahlias are the huge, relaxed Papageno and the honeycomb structured Cornel.

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So many beautiful blooms!

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