We are making our annual trip to Portland this week! I have a dear friend and sister to visit, a handful of favorite consignment shops, and a list of new gardens we want to explore!

Last year we discovered Swan Island Dahlia Farm and I savored three drizzly hours documenting a great deal of drenched dahlias! The range of colors, shapes, sizes, and details of all their dahlias was dizzying – as well as damp. (I am loving this alliteration!!!)

I was fascinated to learn that they have been in business for over 91 years!! They¬†produce the largest full color dahlia catalog in the industry and have been family-owned and operated for three generations. I have yet to successfully grown any of my own dahlias back in Boulder, CO. Perhaps I’ll try my hand again in 2019 with some of their world-renowned tubers!

I am probably sharing WAY too many photographs in one post (according to blog experts) but I simply cannot resist. Believe me, this is a VERY select set of the hundreds of images I created during that single visit. I hope make you as swoony as they do me!!!


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