I suppose it is better to start a new thread than to continue the old one!
The winter starts today! Till now we have had a prolonged fall with temperatures between 5 and 10C (41-50F). Today the sun appeared in the sky for the first time in weeks and the temperature subsequently dropped below the freezing point. The forecast tells that we will have this weather for a week or more.
The mild weather has not so far caused any untimely growth probably because the plants think it is still fall as we have had virtually no frost till now. (And it wont be as cold as you have had over there either - down to -4C/25F probably)
A few plants have started flowering though, among them are some hellebores and the Viburnum farreri. The last one has a very pleasant odor.