Your probably all wondering why I am showing you spring blossoms when it is fall. Well, for one, I finally got to the end of my May travel series of our road trip out west with this post HERE, so I can first publish these garden pictures now. Secondly, nothing is in bloom in my own garden right now for a Sunday garden post. And finally, because spring is my favorite season and I'm sick and tired of hearing about how fall is every one's favorite season. No offense to all the fall lovers out there, but I'm really not a big fan of fall. It seems every blogger on the planet loves fall but me and has done a "Fall Bucket List" or a "Reasons I Love Fall List". So in retaliation, I've decided to do a
"Why I Hate Fall List"
1. Fall is the beginning of death.
It is the reminder that life is almost over. Everything starts to wither away and die. There are no more plants, leaves on trees, or spring/summer birds.
2. The days are shorter. One wakes up in the dark, and it's dark before supper.
3. Football. I hate it. Enough said.
4. Back to school. I have too many horrific memories of my own school years and those of my children. "Back to School" themes just bring back all those bad memories.
5. Hornets, box elder bugs, Asian beetles. So it's pretty outdoors, so what? In the country I can't go outside in the fall because our yard/countryside is invaded with wasps and Asian beetles that bite.
6. Farmers harvesting. If you live in the country when it's harvest time, good luck getting anywhere fast. Tractors take up all the major county roads driving 10 MPH, and they always manage to do it when people are trying to get to or from work too!
7. Hunting Season. I hate it. Enough said.
8. Cold weather. O.k. last fall was a perfect fall. The weather was nice and warm, in the 70s and 80s most days, but that is unusual. Normally, a fall for Wisconsinites would be a winter for most other states. So I get why southern states look forward to the fall season to cool off from the 100+ temps to the 70's, but your beautiful fall 70+ degree weather usually means I'm in the 40s or 50s. Fall weather sucks in Wisconsin.
9. Fall Fashion. This kind of goes with reason #8. Most fashion bloggers love fall fashion because they can layer. But again, because our temps dip so low, we really have about three weeks of fall fashion and go directly into winter fashion. And then, we are wearing those winter clothes for about nine months. I get so tired of neutral tones, and I'm dying for some color come spring.
10. Fall garden chores. The garden work for fall is the hardest and most difficult of the year. Every plant has to be cut down. Leaves have to be raked. Garden ornaments have to be packed up and put away. And I have to do all this while be stung by Asian beetles.
O.k. enough depressing reason as to why I hate fall. How about some good ones:
"Why Fall Is My Third Favorite Season of The Year"
1. Fall colors. Absolutely gorgeous. It's way too brief, but I love to take fall drives and go hiking in the fall.
2. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Actually pumpkin anything.
3. Squash. I love to eat squash, and I enjoy the cheap prices this time of year.
4. Fresh tomatoes from my garden. I'm so happy when I have at least one month of the year where I do not have to pay for tomatoes. There is also nothing as delicious as a fresh tomato straight from your own garden.
5. Slightly cooler weather. Yes, Spring and Summer are my favorite seasons, but even I enjoy cooler temps after a long hot summer. If only it wouldn't get cold so fast!
And that's it. I could only come up with five reasons to like fall. That is why it's my third favorite season. So lets talk about my favorite season: SPRING! I love spring because the gloom and doom of winter is over and everything is greening up and coming back into live again. And no place does spring better than Vail, Colorado!!!!! We were in Vail during the last week of May when all their crab apple trees and spring bulbs were in bloom. It was gorgeous! Take a look:
Beautiful tulips with poppy heads sticking up in the background.
I'm not sure what this plant is. It looks like a Lamb's Ear, but the foliage is slightly different. So pretty though, isn't it?
It seemed every where you turned in Vail there were beautiful flower beds. I would love to visit Vail during the summer to see what else is in bloom.
The birches and aspen trees were gorgeous as well.
I don't know much about alpine flowers, so I'm not sure what the orange flowers are. They look like some type of poppy to me. The yellow daisies I grow in my own garden. Those are called Leopard's Bane.
I think this is a white version of the orange one above. Can any of my readers identify it?
Look at this gorgeous foliage...I love the veining and the pretty blue blooms.
This is a pretty fringed parrot tulip.
Like I mentioned earlier, it was wonderful to be in Vail when the crab apple trees were in bloom. They were all finished in Wisconsin before we departed for our trip, so it was nice to see crab apples in bloom twice in one year!
I love the orange tulips in the foreground of this picture.
Vail also has a beautiful alpine garden called the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, which is the worlds highest Alpine Garden. We unfortunately were unable to spend much time there as we would have liked. We went there at the end of our day in Vail and had to leave after only a brief stroll because we needed to make it to our next hotel before dark. But here is a picture of their water feature. I also have a few more pictures of this garden on a fashion post HERE.
So what about you? What is your favorite season and why? I'd love to hear from you!
Have a Great Day! Amy
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