Zantedeschia was Crinum Season...

B Spencer
Sat, 06 Jul 2013 14:37:10 PDT
Years ago a friend of mine down the road grew some kind of zantedeschia on 
the north side of the house. It was not  eathiopica though. I think it was 
pink. The house was an old farm house with  field stone foundation and the 
basement was probably not insulated, as the old farmhouses tend to be, so I 
think there was quite a  bit of heat loss in winter since the furnace was in 
the basement. Possibly  the soil so close to the house did not freeze at 
all. We are officially in zone 5b and about, I guess 60 km, from lake 
Ontario. Do not underestimate the influence of a body of water that large. 
Toronto, which is only maybe 50 km from us is zone 6 and not including the 
fact that it is a concrete heat sink. Southwestern Ontario owes its 
relatively balmy climate (for Canada that is) to the fact that it is wedged 
between three  big lakes.

When I was a child visiting my grandparents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (now 
zone 5b but
probably colder then) there was a house nearby with a thriving bed of Z. 
running along the entire west side of the house. This was about 5 1/2 miles 
/ 8.3km from
Lake Michigan. _______________________________________________
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