I have found some plants surviving so far. I even have carnations blooming for the first time! My snapdragons are continuing to grow, and columbines too. So, I wonder if, for some of the plants, if they will grow all winter because they are in protected places? Places called micro climates, which are next to walls, or otherwise protected from the elements.
I continue to keep water out for my wild birds, and animals. Walked yesterday at the nature area, and it's as peaceful as ever, but not well maintained.