**It's always nice to have life put into perspective. On the Northern CA (USA) coast we have moderate temperatures, and our little bouts of freezes are usually in Dec with a sneaky batch in mid to late January. Three nights of 27-28F in mid Feb have knocked the wind out of me and some of the more tender plants. I had been chomping back figuring it was safe now. Surprise! All my species Fuchsias are frozen, the Cannas too. I'll find more things as each day arrives after the freezing nights. . I moved the Ferraria and some orchids in spike into the house where it'll probably be too warm for them. I'm trying to cover the Lachs at night. Sigh... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >Yesterday, -25C, -10F Wind-chill -35C >Today, somewhat balmier, -20C, +2F No wind-chill (Those are daytime >temps) <snip> >replace it that is not frozen! Oh well. I won't be able to learn the sad >fate of many of my plants for some time yet. <snip> >All of the bulbs in the yard, most of those I'm not too worried about, >they're buried deep. I'm not sure how all the seeds in the cold frame will >come through either, I was really counting on a couple feet of snow on top >of it. -- susan hayek, North Coast of CA, USA, zone 9b, Sunset zone 17. 15 miles south of Eureka, CA, overlooking the Eel River, with a peek of the ocean.