This writer claims that gardens are an extension of our personality. He is based in Scotland in the north of the United Kingdom which tends to be cold and damp and so unused to plants that grow in warmer climes.? Runner beans, leeks, courgettes and pumpkins became possibilities and even grapes. Let John Stoa tell you what he has achieved. This comes from The Courier UK website.

The gardens we create are very much an extension of our personality, and if you have been around for a year or two you will see massive changes in what we grow.

Gone are the days when the ornamental border was mainly geraniums, antirrhinums, marigolds and asters with an edge of alyssum and lobelia and vegetables were mainly potatoes, turnips, swedes, peas, cabbages, lettuce and radish.
Exposure to foreign holidays and the influx of immigrants of all nationalities bringing over their own variety of food has widened our gardening horizons, and as we all love to experiment with something new, the range of plants grown continues to expand.

Peach Peregrine? Supplied
Peach Peregrine

When my horticultural career moves took me to the south of England I discovered runner beans, leeks, courgettes and pumpkins, and thought I was really innovative, but life (and gardening) moves on so now the range continues to grow.
We have heard so much about climate change and global warming that we in Scotland tend to think of it more as an opportunity than a disaster.
We have always had our share of rain, but now we get warm rain and often into winter instead of snow so plants previously considered too tender for our climate are being given a trial.

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