A bit of the South in NEPA
I love living and gardening in this area. But I miss some of the old standards of my home. So three years ago, I planted a Magnolia Grandiflora and a Crepe Myrtle in my front yard which sits facing the southwest and feels like a microzone 7. Both trees visibly suffer during our winters and neither one had grown much since being planted. However, this spring both trees have grown a bit and this week the bark on my young Crepe Myrtle began to exfoilate and the Magnolia is in bloom. Does anyone else have experience in pushing the limits of their zone?