zone denial and fruit growing
Am I the only one to wish I lived in a climate where I could grow a really wide variety of fruit outdoors?
I have a bit of zone denial, so in addition to the usual temperate zone apples, stone fruits, grapes, cane fruit, currants, watermelons and melons from the garden, I have begun experimenting with pomegranates (in pots for now -- perhaps in the ground with protection eventually), American persimmon, jujube, various cactus fruit, and several Elaeagnus species. I also grow a variety of tropical stuff indoors.
I know I could probably continue trying some new hardy fruit each year until I die and not exhaust the possibilities... BUT how many of them would be as tasty or useful as a clementine, avocado, or papaya, not to mention a plethora of other fascinating and delicious tropical and subtropical treats?
Well, every climate has its advantages and disadvantages from a growing perspective, right? Probably, but would I really be bummed if I lived in coastal Southern California and could not grow pears? No, because I would be too into trying to grow dragon fruit, lychee, or guava, I would not even think much about pears, apples, or pretty much any of the common (read: a little boring) fruits.
On this forum I have noticed a preponderance of fellow fruit lovers from say, zone 8 and colder. Not that many from zones 9 and 10. Is this due to the smaller geographic area encompassed by these warmer climates (but huge populations)? Maybe due to the California or Florida gardenweb forums?
I doubt there are fewer folks growing fruit in their yards in these warmer places, but I always feel it's a shame when I see block after block of nothing but ornamentals, or worse, citrus trees laden with fruit that will never be picked.
Am I crazy? I'd love to hear how others feel about all this...