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So Sorry Jim!
Edited by Alex NYC on 1/26/2019, 9:43 pm
I hope you get a few surprises. It might be worth keeping the protection going this winter just to see what makes it, but I know how beautiful your plants are (and the incredible variety) and how frustrating it must be to have winter creep in like that. You have proven that you can have a BREATHTAKING TROPICAL yard in Iowa. I am sure you've made gardeners in the desert SW so jealous. It's incredible what you've managed to grow, and you'll always have those photos, memories, and all the survivors to exemplify your effort.
And I hope if you do move, it's to a fun climate where you can enjoy the tropical look you want and still get to try a few experiments along the way. I just hope you don't give up on gardening because you have such a talent!
I know how it feels because I lost SO many of my plants after I left NY. They're still in my parents care, and I've made many plane trips just to put their covers on for my most prized possessions, but I've lost a lot. Now I'm trying to plant only what's really hardy up in NY and here in Florida, I get to have a little more fun. I have a flamethrower palm now and a Licuala! I don't have the same amount of space down here, but I definitely enjoy the change.
See UPDATED pics of my tropical plants in on my Blog!
NOW: Gainesville, FL; zone 9a
WAS: New York City; zone 7b