Yes we are still covered with snow, I use to live in Roscoe, Ill. for years but then moved up here I'm right on the borderline basically..we're in the same zone .By the way your Yorkie is adorable!!
Hey, I don't agree with GrovespiritZ11's advice! September is too soon...and you are better off planting your bulbs when you know that the weather is going to stay relatively cold. Say mid-october till the ground is too hard to digg! I don't get onto this site very often, too much time on FACEBOOK! You will want to fertilize with a bulb booster, especially if they are just being planted for the first time! If you haven't planted them yet, it is not too late!
Wow! That tree branch setup is very interesting! I have four bird feeders in my backyard, 3 with black sunflower seed and 1 with thistle seed. The birds that come, and they are many, perch on the small trees I planted nearby. Look at my personal page and you will see my yard.
I like the idea of the Bird sanctuary. My mom is a bird nut, that might be an idea for a good Christmas gift. Maybe do some research on plants that attract birds. She has an huge open area behind her that is on white river. This site is great, if you have anything you need to know about gardening, etc. Someone on here will have a great suggestion. There's something new to learn everyday.
I found your message in the email, but not anywhere else. I took a photo of the PA woods with a regular instamatic camera called a Cannon Power Point A540. I really like it, but i plan to get a more professional camera in the future.
"Thanks Charlotte and Lorraine. These astilbes and ferns are against the north side of the house, so they are in shade most of the day. Lorraine, you're right that astilbes (and ferns) will scorch if they get too much hot sun."