We live in zone 9a, and have very mild winters. Winter is usually 3 days, not consecutive. Just 3 days total.
It fools you sometimes, and really does get cold. It is the nastiest, wettest, coldest cold when it is cold here; it just goes right through you. But it doesn't last long. The next day, it will be back up in the 60s or 70s, with a bright sun in the sky. We garden year 'round.
The killing weather for us is our hot, HOT summers. August in South Texas can be brutal. We lose more plants in summer than we do in winter.
So, when the gentle temps of October and November roll around, we get in the mood to garden again.
My husband starts to talk about turning the AC on in April. I resist, usually until about July. Nights are pleasant with a fan, and sleep is comfortable. When it gets too hot at night for tomatoes to set fruit, I relent and turn the AC on. He has never understood this.
So, last April, I told him, "When we turn the AC on, I won't go out to work anymore." And I didn't.
Actually, it wasn't the heat that kept me inside. We had rain everyday for forever. It was impossible to work outside.
Well, yesterday, we were working in the garden, reclaiming it from several weeks of neglect. My Husband told me we were never going to turn the AC on again.
LOL LOL LOL! I have giggled about that all day!