I may tamper with forcing sometime. For now, just getting the plants I have through the winter will be the challenge.
Is it hardy for me outside in the ground.
I'm not quite sure what you're referring to. The weather or the soil? Both are fantastic. The weather right now is hovering around the low 70s, and luckily lots of sun too (just got sunburned today).
The soil up here is the stuff gardeners dream of. The rich, black, loamy stuff. It's almost like potting soil, straight from the ground. I grew up in MD where it's almost entirely clay, and the difference is astounding.
I haven't done any gardening in the ground yet because I live in a townhome and have an association. The only ground I can call my own is covered in a rock mulch and maintained by the association - who has rules about what I can do.
So ... mostly this year I'm working with container plants. Thus the conundrum about overwintering.
Thanks for the help!