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Re: aviary

Hi Wendy

I'm in zone 8 on the cusp of 9 depending on the zonal chart you use. We're in N. California. It was a real mild winter and I don't think we ever went below 30 this year. Even my Jacaranda tree didn't have to be put inside.

I have the gunnera in a pretty shady spot in well drained soil. They like wet feet but will fry in too much sun.

I was going to say try the Melianthus major but I think zone 5 is too cold for them. What about Aralia? Otherwise known as Fatsia japonica will that grow there?
Thanks Wendy


Wendy Swope wrote:

Hello, David,

I thoroughly enjoyed your message about your "aviary" and the backbone
plants that make it so attractive to birds, as well as your mention of
the flowers that brighten up the scenery.   I've been away for a while
and don't remember where you do your gardening.  I'm guessing USDA Zone
6 or 7?

Tried growing gunnera in my Z. 5 yard, in garden soil (not the heavy
clay we are naturally blessed with) a couple of years ago, and killed
all 5 plants during their second season.  Darn.  What kind of climate,
soil, and light/shade are your gunnera fond of?  I'd like to try them
again--I need more large foliaged plants, and those leaves are so
spectacular, they make me think of Jurassic Park and leaf-munching
dinosaurs <g!>.

Imagining your yard and coveting a wee bit,

Wendy in SW OH

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