She reads my blog..Often enough to know I was having major troubles getting my pictures off the crashed computer. She e-mailed me and told me to get a USB key/drive. What is that I asked?
A USB key is a portable storage device no bigger than a lighter or lip stick tube that plugs right into the computer's USB port and lets you move data files on to it for storage. I bought one and the crashed computer was kind enough to let me do a simple file transfer of all my pictures while in safe mode. Hooray, my pictures are saved.
And because of that we get to go on a little trip.
I thought at the beginning of the summer when I arrived here that during blizzards and other such winter like weather I would be able to back track a bit and show more of my drive cross country.
What better place to go in the cruel cold of winter than Vail Colorado in the middle of June. I did live there for three winters some time ago. I have done cold before, with a different set of cells than I have now.
When I was last there the Betty Ford Alpine Garden was a big berm and a dream. Today it is a stunning garden in an incredible setting. I was fortunate to be driving through at the height of summer blooming season.
Vail, you can't see from the gardens, is booming with construction. The entire high country of Colorado is growing like crazy. One of the buildings I worked in when I lived there had been razed to the ground for a new building. They are already at the demolition stage of development and the town was only founded in 1966.
This is what the Delosperma nubigenum that I planted at the top of my drive will hopefully look like some day. Maybe this summer.
Plenty of Iris dotted the gardens. The resident gardener here has gotten tired of the Iris. She says they need too much weeding to be happy in her wildflower garden which means there will be plenty for me to borrow.
A nice combination. I wasn't writing names down.
The beautiful alpine rock garden filled with all kinds of petite, low spreading, flowering perennials.
Lupine. I have always wanted to have me some Lupine. I think I can now.
I think this is a Gentian, a Gentiana sp.
Bitterroot, Lewisia sp.
The small berm and a dream has grown to encompass about two acres of land in the larger park the gardens are located in.
A Pulsatilla sp.
Time to leave Vail and dreams of high summer in the high country.
Next stop Denver.
They have a botanical garden there too.