Like many on this site I expect, I am fearing how many plants I will lose this week. I have wrapped up those I can manage and know are at risk with fleece. Then there are those I simply can't, like the 20ft Bay which almost succumbed in the cold winter of 2012. The East side of the bush took fully 3 years to recover.
So this got me thinking about plant records and the minimum guide temperatures. Does -3C mean that, or do plants like humans feel the wind chill, which the Met Office here says is -12C this morning? I know many more tender plants don't like wind in itself. But does the 'feel like' figure reflect what they experience temperature-wise? Looking at the Echium I carefully wrapped, I can tell even without removing the fleece that it's dramatically shrunk in shape this morning, indicating sadly that the latter is most likely true.