Yesterday I had fun visiting Swan Island Dahlias here in Canby, Oregon where I live. They are going to have a wonderful blooming season this year.
It was a beautiful day to visit, since it was partly cloudy to sunny.
I walked around and took photos of some of the gorgeous dahlia blooms. Then I decided to enter the test garden area. I love to take photos of all their new trial flowers, because no other place on earth has those particular dahlias. They aren’t for sale yet because they are still experimenting with the hybrids. If they become popular, they’ll go on sale.
I had heard this friendly guy talking to some other visitors and I could hear him giving some history of the dahlias at Swan Island. He was in the row of dahlias directly behind me.
I heard him say that the dahlia I was taking a photo of happened to be this year’s top choice among the dahlia judges. This nice man came over and chatted with me for awhile. It turned out that he was one of the judges. We talked about some of the different names of the dahlias and how they got their names. I know a fair number of dahlias were named after the Gitts family. The Gitts family has owned Swan Island Dahlias for 89 years. Some are named because people would come and ask if they could have a dahlia named after their mother or another loved one. He himself has been able to name some of the dahlias. We talked about some of my favorite dahlias. He was just a delight to talk to.
He also informed me that Margaret Gitts, the matriarch of the family, died. She was 90 years old. I had met her several times over the years. She would walk right up to you and start talking about what they happened to be working on at the time. Sometimes it was the dahlia fields, sometimes their koi ponds, other times she’d talk about her kids and grand kids. She was a wealth of information and always so friendly. She lived in a small house by the dahlia fields. This man I talked to mentioned that she loved to make fresh lemon pies (she also grew giant lemons). Her pies where everyone’s favorite.
When I was leaving the dahlias I found saw this hummingbird and just had to capture it. The background was a small white bus which brought some people to the gardens and I thought it made a beautiful background for the humming bird.
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