Last month I visited Frey's Dahlias, a nearby dahlia farm, after hearing about it through Twitter. It was a really nice evening, and there were sooooooooooooooooooooo many dahlias of all types and colors. I could've stayed longer, but it was already long after closing when I left.
My favorites are this type with all the little "rolled up napkins" as a friend described them. I tended to give them extra attention, though I need more practice taking their picture.
There are so many styles of dahlias.
The flower fields are something I love about Oregon. Or maybe I just didn't look into it in California? It just seems there are lots of different farms and gardens around here from early spring to late summer. In previous years I've visited gardens specifically for tulips, irises, roses and peonies. I'd like to add more to my list.
School girls telling secrets.
Some types of dahlias, like these, are huge. Probably as big as my head (and that's gigantic!!).
Loooove these red-orange ones.
Confession: this photo is upside down. I just think it looks better this way.
Okay, a little warning for the bug haters: the rest of the photos (below) have a bug of some sort, but no spiders.
These are the same little guys that were on the roses before. I was thinking that maybe the reason I've never seen them before this year is because I wasn't seeking out insects for photography before.