Hey! Theres actualy some where around me lol
Im in Thunder Bay, and am starting to dabble in permaculture in my back yard. I also started to collect seeds from plants around here. So far I managed to sprout a few silver maples, and have some amur, and norway maple seeds too.
Its hard to grow some things here. THe zone rating here ranges from a cold 5 (in places) to a zone 2 (by lappe). Most of the area is zone 3. For instance, the winter that just past, had a day where the airport recorded -37.8C, where as my house, recorded -31.8 (coldest its been here in years).
Ive always been more of a, zone pusher. I have 2 kinds of bamboo (real bamboo, Fargesia Rufa, and Phjyllostachys Aureosulcata alata), Hibiscus (survived last year), musa basjoo some elephant ears (i dig these up) and some others. But now since ive gotten into permaculture, ive been focusing in creating a forest garden in my back yard (more like turn the backyard into a forest). I now have a Honeygold apple, a pear seedling (for rootstock if it survives the winter), an apple seedling (same as the pear), a quicksilver russian olive ( 6 foot tree fot 17 bucks, how could I say no?), 4 highbush blueberry (2 types), raspberry plants, and black berries.
Im going to experiment with apricots, and even figs ( they will grow much like peony, die back and regrow, if protected well, thats the experiment
there are more then enough cases of them surviving zone 5 with minimal multch to get me to try), as well as certain grape varieties (Himrod and Vanessa).
Glad to see someone else up here trying this