Saturday, April 30, 2005
The Tropical Garden
When you live in Iowa, you are 'pushing the zone' even having a flower garden; it's too hot, too cold, too dry, too flat, too something. More often than not if you get too frisky you end up with a label and a bare spot, but there are some surprises: this is Asarum maximum, the Chinese panda faced ginger. I bought it one spring as a pot plant for the greenhouse, but decided to plant in the garden and repot it in the fall. I, of course forgot it, and to my surprise it survived... it hasn't thrived, but it's persisted in the garden with no protection for four years. it's rated Z7-10.