Being gardeners, we’re usually willing to try anything that we find attractive and think will do well in our climate, provided we can find space in our garden. After reading and hearing so many people praise Dahlias, in spring we decided to plant a few.
We’ve made the usual novice mistakes, but most of the plants have survived (Dahlias are absolute slug magnets!) and we’re starting to get blooms. August and September are the prime Dahlia bloom months, our plants are a bit slow in coming on.
A few days ago we went to Swan Island Dahlia growers in Canby, half an hour south of Portland, where we’d bought our bulbs in Spring, to see the display beds and their fields in full bloom. As usually happens with these expeditions, we now want to plant a lot more Dahlias next spring.
Here are pictures, these first three are of ‘China Doll’, the first of our to bloom.
The following were taken at Swan Island.