I reside in Madison, Wisconsin (Zone 5a). Despite living on a busy bus route in a city of over 240,000 people, a ridiculous amount of wildlife visits my backyard including:
A family of Wild Turkeys:
And even a homing pigeon that veered several hundred miles off course and plopped into a planter full of impatiens:
I love birdwatching. While many people have to visit parks and nature areas each spring to see migrating warblers and other songbirds, I enjoy a free show in my backyard because our neighborhood sits in a grove of old oaks and hickories.
During the cold, snowy Wisconsin winters, I participate in Project FeederWatch through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
I’m also a certified Master Gardener. My mom taught me a love for gardening that blossomed (a little garden humor) into an obsession. For the last 26 years I’ve been filling my yard with shrubs, flowers, vegetables and herbs.
Lately I’ve been captivated by daylilies (I have 400 cultivars and counting), but I’m not ready to give up on the thousands of annual flowers and veggies that I sprout inside from seed each winter. Needless to say, growing space in my little backyard is shrinking fast!