This week, having told a client to leave their Geraniums in the pots outside, it promptly got down to -7 here in West Wales, -9 at Senni Bridge (no surprises there). Towards the end of the week, I noticed apart from a few damaged leaves, the stem and buds were intact. There were even flowers still on the Ivy-leaved hanging basket. I also noticed my Chilean Guava and a large Isoplexis sceptrum which rooted themselves in the ground were more or less unaffected. The Fuchsias were still flowering in the unheated glasshouses. Maybe the water barrels are doing their job. -7 seems a bit too cold for my liking. It started to feel like that horrible winter when I lost all my Proteas inside and out. Or is it a sort of British Rail thing, you know, the wrong kind of cold? Or even the right type for us gardeners!