|My flower garden WILL recover...|
I've not been recording temperatures in my backyard the way I've recorded rainfall, but we generally expect to get just a few freezing nights in our region each year (this site suggests that there are an average of 22 a year, but that seems high to me). The fruit trees like cherries or peaches do better when they've had a bit of freezing weather. But last year, the freezing temperatures didn't come after December.
It was cold in Los Angeles as well. Yesterday's high temperature of 56ºF was the first time the high temperature dropped below 60ºF in 375 days, the second longest streak ever recorded.
Such statistics must be amusing to our friends in the northern tier of states where extreme cold is a way of life. We don't suffer much from a few days of cold weather (except for our homeless families). But the fact is, temperatures are warmer than the historical average. We are far more likely to have record highs than record lows, though both still happen.