George Mallory was once asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest so much, his response was because it was there! Sadly his quest ended on the high slopes of Everest, but it's fair to say that us human beings enjoy pushing the envelope and its no different in the garden, albeit safer.
I have for a while been suffering with a case of jungle fever, craving to grow those plants with big dramatic leaves, but in my zone 7 garden. My zone denial causes me to constantly push the envelope, much like George Mallory, to prove that plants will tolerate the unthinkable.
|Eucalyptus neglecta - Boca Joe|
|Myself with Panama John next to|
a 19 year Eucalyptus neglecta
|Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp debeuzevillei|
|Live Oak, Quercus virginiana|
|A young Chinese Bamboo Oak, Quercus myrsinifolia|
|Chinese Bamboo Oak, Quercus myrsinifolia|
Follow this link to read Part Two - Palm Trees without the Ocean Breeze or part Three - Into the Jungles of Northern Virginia
What to read more about Zone Pushing, here's Panama John's and Boca Joe's publication through the Virginia Extension Service