Winding my way through the streets looking for neon signs, I stumbled into a tourist trap - in my hometown.
The Swan Island Dahlia Festival (and a biking thing). Add in narrow roads and you can easily get trapped in a traffic nightmare.
Thanks to living here for over 25 years, I know my way around- AND I found my estate sale.
Picture heavy, as usual:
The Swan Island Dahlia Festival runs all this weekend. Well - you can go out there anytime. There's no admission, free parking, AND a stunning catalog order form that you wander the fields with --checking off your favorites. Sometime next Spring (possibly before you have paid off the visa bill) you will receive your dahlia tubers. With our late spring/summer season, I think you will see the dahlias blooming until late September (en masse)
Dahlias come in all sizes and shapes -
from tiny quarter-sized blossoms to huge dinner-plate sizes.
|(You could pop this off and) Stick-It-On-Your-Nose Dahlia|
|An endless row of Curly-Q's|
|Spiky Sea Urchin Dahlias|
|Sunshine Water Lily Dahlia|
|Dinner-Size Lotus Blossom Dahlia|
Dinner Plate Dahlia
|The Sun!-The Sun! Dahlia|
Unfortunately, my rechargeable batteries drained themselves of power in the fields and I had no juice left to show off my estate sale prowess.
Now - if you want to learn a bit more about Dahlia farming - I stole this cool video from the Swan Island site just for you: