I live just south of lake Michigan on the 5b 6a border. Im 17 and i have a strange obsession for a teenager. I absolutely love palm trees and i would like to grow one in my backyard up against the south end of the house where it gets more sun and our north winds are blocked. Ive monitored the temerature for 2 years on the south side of my house and it stays considerably warmer in winter during the daytime than the north side does. I've heard some things about creating a microclimate but im still a little unfamiliar with it. I'm thinking about a windmill palm (trachycarpus fortunei) , takil palm (trachycarpus takil), dwarf palmetto (sabal minor), or needle palm. I know the needle palm is the hardiest, but i like the windmill palm and sabal minor the best. I think im going to start them out this winter indoors and take them outside for the spring/summer next year. I really need advice for my 2006 growing season. Can somebody please help me??