Pascal Femenia, France.

Pascal Femenia's garden is located 80 km west from Paris, between Chartres/Rambouillet/Dreux cities

In the garden he grows a lot of "exotic" plants such as Eucalyptus, Cactus, Yucca, Agave, and even palm trees. Most of his plants are grown in the "normal" garden soil, and without protections during the winter.

Pascal is growing the following Yuccas in normal garden soil with out any protection:

Yucca baccata
Yucca filamentosa
Yucca faxoniana
Yucca glauca
Yucca torreyi
Yucca sp ? looks like Yucca glauca
And he also grow some Dasylirion and Nolina species.

Pascal with one of his large Eucalyptus trees; Eucalyptus perriniana.
I his left hand he has a Pereskia = Rhodocactus sacharosa an old favorite bolivian living fossil cactus, god at -4/-7°C , not under. Eucalyptus perriniana is a species known to be good in USDA zone 7 (-16/-18 °C). You can see both round young leaves and adult leaves.
Photo Pascal Femenia Copyright 2001-2005.

Here is Pascal with our mutual friend Milan Kurka, from Plzen, Czech Republic, they are looking at some plants on Pascal's potting table.
Photo Pascal Femenia Copyright 2001-2005.

I early 2004 Pascal started to make his own website with French text!, Take a look also if you don't read French, as pictures can be "read" in all languages!

Climate data:

The climate is "temperate oceanic”: Hot and dry summer, cool to cold and wet winter. equal to USDA Zone 7-8, with winter minimum –5/-7°C; but some winters are more cold with temperatures down to –10/-14°C (every 5 to 10 years). The record in Pascal's garden was -16/-18°C in the winter and +37/+38°C in the summer.

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