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Re: New USDA Zone Map

hate to be a nag, but sacramento gets pretty warm in the summer. i remember it being 107 for a week once. and 100 degrees is no stranger to the thermometer any year. because it's north, doesn't mean it's cool.

At 11:58 AM 5/28/03 -0500, you wrote:
More use needs to be made of the AHS heat zones too.
While hardiness is a major concern North of the Red River, here it's heat zones that are more relevant.
Theresa can grow lots of things in her No. CA zone 8 that I wouldn't
dare try here. But she doesn't have blast furnace summers either. Here's
where the heat zones make such a difference. Most stuff is hardy at my
place except for the really tender tropical stuff and we usually do get
a couple freezes, but it's not cold that does my plants in - it's heat
and drought. I guess the smart play is to plant things that are adapted
or native to your local climate w/ the occasional exotic experiment just
for fun! I've gone w/ more xeriscape stuff since those last two bad
droughts we had 4 years or so ago. Just makes sense.

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