Saturday, August 31, 2013

Garden Roses

Another post depicting the beautiful roses at Heirloom Rose Gardens in Dayton, Oregon. Just a fabulous place to visit when the roses are in bloom.

Unfortunately, I didn't write down all the names of the roses as I photographed them...too busy taking pictures.

Please enjoy!

Garden Roses

Heirloom Rose

Heirloom Rose


Vintage Roses


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Monday, August 26, 2013

County Fair Pictures

More photos from the 107th annual Clackamas County Fair in Canby, Oregon.  Mostly random photos of the midway, frontier land and one pig bagging some zzzs!



County Fair Pictures

County Fair Pictures

County Fair Pictures

County Fair Pictures
County Fair Pictures


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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Swan Island Dahlias Redux

Swan Island Dahlias are the premier and the largest dahlia grower in the world. Fortunately, they are a short drive from my home and I can peek in on them all during the growing season.

It is a place you have to go to personally to appreciate.  My photos do not do them justice.




Red Dinner Plate Dahlias

Yellow Dahlias
1) Encyclopedia of Dahlias (In this delightful and profusely illustrated encyclopedia, noted hybridizer and nurseryman Bill McClaren provides an authoritative account of garden-worthy dahlias for every garden design. Nearly 700 selections are included, complete with notes on their history, awards, and cultural peculiarities. Additional chapters on dahlia care and propagation, dahlia species in nature, hybridizing, and showing dahlias add to this well-rounded overview. Thorough appendices with resources on dahlia societies, nurseries, and gardens complete the book.)

2) Dahlias: A Colour Guide (A Colour Guide profiles some 1,800 varieties of this stunning popular flower. Arranged in alphabetical order, and illustrated throughout with over 500 color photographs, it is essential for both dahlia enthusiasts and exhibitors.)


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Purple Dahlias

Orange Dahlias





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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Clackamas County Fair

Some photos from the 107th annual Clackamas County Fair in Canby, Oregon.  A neat way to spend a day is to go to the fair...take in the exhibits, get something to eat, partake in an amusement ride.

Here are some random photos taken at the fair with more to follow.


Clackamas County Fair

Clackamas County Fair

Clackamas County Fair

Clackamas County Fair
Clackamas County Fair

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Friday, August 23, 2013

French Prairie Gardens Redux

A neat place to visit is the French Prairies Gardens in St.Paul, Oregon...a little over forty five minutes south of Portland.

It is a nursery, farm, and country store that features fresh produce, baked goods and speciality foods. In addition, they feature all kinds of family activities year around.

In the summertime the first thing you notice is the huge and beautiful hanging baskets that are displayed around the property.


French Prairie Gardens

French Prairie Gardens

French Prairie Gardens

French Prairie Gardens

French Prairie Gardens

French Prairie Gardens


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Historic Home Tour | Dayton Oregon

This is the last post, for now, on the cool town of Dayton, Oregon and the "Historic Home Tour" that took place on August 17th. 

The first photo is of the "Mellinger House" constructed in 1904. The second photo is a 1957 Buick parked in front of the Brown Bag Deli...the folks that were giving out free ice cream cones to people on the tour.

The third photo is the old vinegar works in historic Dayton. The fourth photo is one of the vintage automobiles parked in front of one of the homes on the tour.

The historic homes were very impressive...but, it was really the home owners that were impressive. No snobs...just very nice people sharing their homes.


Historic Home Tour 
1957 Buick

Historic Photograph

Vintage Automobile


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dayton Oregon Historic Places

Back to the "Historic Home Tour" in Dayton, Oregon. Last Saturday, August 17th was a super nice day to visit some of the historic homes in Dayton.

The first home here was built in 1921 and one of the homes close to the start of the tour or, the end, depending on what direction (ha!) you were going.

I couldn't resist photographing the gentleman sitting behind the wheel of this gorgeous vintage Ford. He was sitting there when my wife and I started the tour and, he was sitting there when we finished hours later. It was toasty out too.

The second photo, a historic local photo, one of many on display at the First Baptist Church. The third is the back of one of the historic homes, on the tour that is, not only a gorgeous home, but also has a gorgeous yard and gardens. 

And, finally the fourth photo is the carriage house that belongs to the Joel Palmer House (built 1857) which is now a restaurant. OK! Everybody else shoots the front of the house!

I'd be amiss if I forgot to mention the Brown Bag Cafe which was giving folks, that participated in the tour, free ice cream cones. What a nice and generous touch! When you are in Dayton...check them out. Next time we are even the least bit close to them we plan on having lunch there.

Go on a historic home tour in the big city and see if they give you a free ice cream cone or, even a free drink of water.




Dayton Oregon Historic Places

Dayton Oregon Historic Places

Dayton Oregon Historic Places

Dayton Oregon Historic Places


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mural Painting In Dayton Oregon

More on the Dayton, Oregon Historic Home Tour. Besides the historic homes and, some very nice people, were some excellent mural paintings.

They are on the side of the "Seufert Winery" on Ferry Street. The artist is Kev Kohler who is from Salem. It is a very nice tribute to a great town and the surrounding area.

My photography doesn't do them justice...these are some extremely nice murals from an extremely talented artist.

Best I can tell the first mirror depicts a steamboat navigating the nearby Yamhill River in olden days. 

The second, the areas abundant crops and the third the area's vineyards.

The fourth, the Gazebo at the City Park, which looks to be depicting, perhaps, Cinco De Mayo. And, finally Dayton High.  

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Mural Painting In Dayton Oregon


Mural Painting In Dayton Oregon

Mural Painting In Dayton Oregon

Mural Painting In Dayton Oregon

Mural Painting In Dayton Oregon


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Monday, August 19, 2013

Dayton Oregon

Some photos from the “Historic Home Tour “ In Dayton, Oregon on August 17, 2013.

Dayton was founded in 1850 and has quite a history. It's between McMinnville and Newberg and is a little over fifty miles from the Oregon Coast.

The first home on the self- guided walking tour was the Joel Palmer House which has been turned into a restaurant.  Maybe a photo in a future post.

I am including a real variety of photos both historic and the present...stay tuned for more posts.

The first photo here is the back of one of the historic homes on the tour. The house, the gardens pristine!

The second is, an vintage automobile parked in front of one of the historic homes on the tour.

The third photo is an art piece (with permission) composed by one of the home owners on the tour. The fourth, the gazebo in the City Park. And, finally an historic photo of a gentleman and his celery displayed at the First Baptist Church.

Did I mention that the tour included free ice cream cones and wine tasting? What a nice touch by a bunch of nice folks. 

And, I will mention that when you go on a tour like this in the big city...the homes are not going to be cooler, the folks are not going to be more hospitable, there probably won't be free ice cream cones and wine tasting. And, it will cost you at least twice as much...maybe three. 

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

George Fox University

Some random photos of the George Fox University Campus in Newberg, Oregon! One of the nation's top small colleges.




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