|Tetrapanax papyrifer from Taiwan - one of my favourites but borderline hardiness in many areas and often cut back to the ground by hard winters, Fortunately it will regenerate from its roots.|
Yesterday's newspaper included an article announcing a revision by USDA to the zone system used to divide up the USA into growing zones. This is the first revision since the system was developed in 1990. Most gardeners will have seen those little Z symbols in gardening books. Global warming has meant that the pattern of winters in many areas is not so cold as it used to be. The new map is based on data collected over the period 1976 to 2005. The Z ratings of plants remain the same but some geographical areas will have changed their zone, meaning that gardeners will be able to try species that in the past hadn't been recommended for their area.
|The new zone map for California - Palm Springs can be seen towards the bottom right hand corner|
Now I have been very good and not bored you with my running exploits so far but today I'm very pleased with myself, I've just completed a 12 mile training run and with just two weeks to the local half marathon, I'm right on course. I took a new route and enjoyed the fresh gardens, making a mental note to return later this weekend with my camera to capture a few things. The race here is quite amazing with lots of veteran runners such as myself. Last year I saw one amazing old guy, bravely plodding around with his walking stick! What a tough old bird - or does it once again come down to another sort of hardiness?