After our Madison version of the international Women's March on Saturday, I met up with my husband who'd been photographing while I was marching. Given the size of the crowd, my friends and I never managed to march; mostly we were standing still or strolling. I think Mark moved around a lot more taking pictures. We were both tired and ready to crash by the time the afternoon was winding down. We stopped at the market to get something for dinner as our cupboard was bare.
While Mark grabbed some beer (this is Wisconsin!), I grabbed this bright pink primrose. I couldn't resist adding such upbeat color to the house. And primroses always say "Spring" to me; a word I need to hear in January.
But mostly I couldn't resist this floral reminded of a historic day. I usually take off that metallic paper they wrap around the container and set it inside a nice cachepot of my own. But this time the paper was pink, so on it stays. Trying to maintain a positive spirit after an amazing event.
Great day in Madison and so many other cities around the country and the world as women marched with friends, lovers, families, co-workers, neighbors and strangers to let Donald Trump know the whole world is watching.
About 16,000 people in Madison said they were attending the event via the organizers' FB page. Madison police prepared for double that number to show up. When they saw the actual crowds they changed their estimate to 75,000 - 100,000! Having been at the massive protests at our State Capitol in 2011-12, I'm going with the higher figure. And I must note that — unlike those protests — this crowd skewed young which was one of the most encouraging things about the day.
Mark took over 500 photos. These are a few of my favorites.
Knowing that the crowd would be a sea of pink . . .
I wore my bright yellow beret so my group could use it to find me at our meeting place! Worked like a charm.
The scene in Madison via The Wisconsin State Journal newspaper.
According to the newspaper yesterday's high temperature was 70 degrees F (21.11). The overnight low was in the 50s, a good ten degrees warmer than the typical high temperature for this time of year. Today should still be a pretty pleasant day but tonight's low is going down into the 30s and tomorrow's low down into the 20s. This fall has been so warm that it feels like we are about to jump from summer directly into winter.
Since the weather is about to change dramatically I have been trying to work a little every day this week getting the garden put to bed. Frankly it's been so nice that I have not been able to push myself to work as hard as I probably should have. I'm sure I will find myself finishing up outdoors on some pretty chilly days later this month.
Yesterday I raked up leaves and picked up honey locust pods. Got rid of soggy Tricytus stems and Hosta leaves. And I stopped to enjoy a few of my favorite plants that really shine at this season.
About half of my Epimediums have leaves that have taken on autumnal tones including this one, E. youngianum 'Nivium,' seen with one of the ferns that looks good very late in the year, Himalayan Maidenhair aka Adiantum venustum.
Dryopteris affinis 'The King' aka Golden-scaled Male Fern is another fern that looks fabulous even after our first frost.
Arum italicum doesn't make an appearance until it cools down in the fall so it is looking spectacular right now. I've discovered two seedlings of this plant which is a very nice surprise.
Boxwood 'Morris Midget' really stands out once it's not surrounded by other greens. I have five of them planted near a Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Green Arrow'. Those cinnamon colored needles on the ground are from the neighbor's Dawn Redwood which hovers above this corner of the garden.
According to the dictionary the word panoply means "a splendid display." I think that's an apt description for the fall color in the garden this year. When we added trees to the garden I know we picked varieties that would give us multi-season interest including fall color. But sometimes when I look around the garden at this season I am amazed at how gorgeous it is. And I question how much of that beauty was planned and how much of it is an accident. I don't think Mark and I deserve all the credit.
Looking up toward the Moon Garden from the front door.
At the edge of the Moon Garden looking toward the street standing on the West Gate path that leads to the back garden. The orange leaves belong to a Pagoda Dogwood and the yellow to a native Witch Hazel.
The Witch Hazel is blooming with its leaves still on the tree. That hasn't happened for a few years and it makes it almost impossible to see the flowers. I guess that is one of the few downsides of our warm weather.
Our Burning Bush has never had better Fall color.
The back garden is a brilliant display of intensely red Korean and Japanese maples, along with a big yellow Ginkgo and striped-bark Maples.
The yellow foliage is a Korean maple.
Turn around and there's a peachy-colored Stewartia on its way to turning red.
The red and orange leaves belong to Korean maples (A. pseudosieboliana) and the yellow are striped-bark maples. In the foreground, a dwarf Ginkgo is about to drop its leaves.
A tiny Korean maple, caged to protect it from the rabbits.
Maybe it's the fault of all the leaves on the maple trees turning red while nearby evergreens retain their color. Whatever it is, I am suddenly noticing the foliage that is both green and red at the same time. It's never looked better all season nor been so visible as it is now.
Bloody Dock aka Rumex sanguineus
Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron')
Visitors to our garden always want to know the identity of this tree. It's a Honey Locust that is about 62 years old. It provides beautiful dappled light but in the fall sheds an amazing amount of tiny leaves and stems that clutter the ground and clog the gutters. I think many homeowners get annoyed with this part of its personality and cut it down long before it achieves this magnificent status. We're willing to put up with the leafy debris in exchange for the drama of its presence in the garden.
If you blow up this last photo you can see the size of the Locust's trunk at the right front edge of the deck. And you can see the ladder Mark uses to get up onto the roof to clean out the gutters and blow the leaves off the roof!