Romanhawk. The pawpaw tree, sounding intriguing, I will google it, maybe if I like it I can obtain it and grow it here.
Ann, zone 8b. A dream zone for sure. We live in a beautiful climate. Mild, moist, called the rainforest of B.C. and man it pours, like the past two days, and this morning. I am sitting in my living room, the rain is coming down like cats and dogs and the wind that goes with it. We have a gargoyle fountain on the southwest corner of our pool. My husband has red lights that shine on it, we keep the lights on all the time, when I go outside this morning and look, I can see the glow of the red lights on the banana grove, it is beautiful, but the wind is blowing hard and the leaves are swaying greatly, it is eerie, scarey almost, deep red glowing leaves in the dark. But...the wind scares me, I don't like wind.
Our summer weather averages about 25 to 29 degrees celsius. It can become hotter, but that is the summertime temperature average. We do not get the humidity, as the temperatures are not high enough. Now and then we experience days that can get up to 35 degrees, and then we have humidity I guess. I really don't know what humidity is....not familiar with it here. I am already longing for the warm dog days of summer :) ;)
The winters are usually rainy. We can get snow, sometimes for a couple of weeks, off and on, but the snow is moist, great for snowmen and snowballs. Usually our Christmas does not have snow, just rain. In January we can have a couple of weeks of hard freezing, but never any longer than that. We prepare for those cold temperatures and wrap any outside pipes that may be exposed to the cold. We can have frost and freeze as early as mid October, like last year, but that is rare. If we have freeze, it is usually around the beginning of November, then only the killing frost, it warms up and back to rain. We have a very temperate climate, but again, like I said, rain. Rain can be very annoying, even when we walk on the still green lawn in wintertime, it can sound like a sponge, sloshy. We love our gumboots, those are a must in our climate.
Leaf fall is beginning now with the big leaf Maples, the grapes are following suite, and then comes all the other deciduous trees, the beech is the last to lose it leaves. I have wonderful compost because of the lush grass that is mown all summer long and the leaves from our trees. The flower gardens all get turned back into the earth from whence they come, they are lush too.
That is our southwestern British Columbia climate in a nutshell. Eeeks, right, nutshell, my sisters walnuts should soon be getting ready for harvest. Nothing like the fresh walnuts, no store bagged walnut could ever compare, and yes, the hazelnuts!!! Have a wonderful day, enjoy our life we live. Cindi