Re: yes, lucky to have one
During the first huge snow storm, the plastic sheet which seals off my garage's gable vent blew down. It has never gone below 32F out there in many years. I used to have a remote thermometer that monitored it, but it didn't seem necessary anymore. I had watered all the BLEs out there the prior week so I didn't have a reason to go out there. (I don't keep my car in it in winter, it's literally full of plants! It only has space for 1 car) I estimate it got down to about 15F out there before I noticed it. Alas, the Fascicularia wasn't hardened off. It died. Remember too, it was still weakened from the rabbit attack a couple years ago where it was literally eaten down to stubs. Interestingly though, a large Puya alpestris seems to be ok, although I have no doubt that's only because it was healthier plant to begin with. Also lost...makes me sick to my stomach...some incredibly rare winter growing geophytes that were in full growth. All the BLEs were fine except for one rhododendron that was struggling from disease problems. So mad at myself, but such is gardening. I like the winter because you can let your vigilence down a little, but if you do, you face these consequences.