Swan Island Dahlia Festival
|A beautiful summer afternoon at Swan Island Dahlia Festival|
I've always had a soft spot for Dahlia's. Their blooms arrive in July and last through the first frosts. They are fairly hardy here in the Pacific Northwest, although the tubers do require digging up in colder winter climates. You can take your pick of bloom size and color, resulting in a full season of cut flowers.
Here are some of our family favorites:
|Bashful, Swan Island Dahlia's, Collarette style of bloom|
|Dragonberry, Swan Island Dahlia's. My son's favorite..of course, because it had the word dragon in it.|
|Harvest Moonlight, Swan Island Dahlia's in a large, dinner plate size of bloom|
|Zorro, Swan Island Dahlia's|
I highly recommend a visit to the Dahlia Festival which next opens Labor Day weekend. Parking is free and there are yummy food vendors to tempt you. Check their website for festival details.
|pom-pom style of dahlia|
I was very intrigued by some of the new dahlia's in their display gardens. I saw blossom shapes that very closely resembled newer hybrid styles of echinacea. Gorgeous blooms.
|Fields in bloom|