Where are you that there is a non-Existent winter? I'm in Michigan and we have been covered in snow and ice since November lol
what kind of flower is this? It's really pretty, it makes me think of the lily of the valley but I'm sure that isn't what it is
I like the cold for a while, but not as cold as it can get, most years it doesn't get much below zero, and it averages between 10 and 20 degrees, last week it got up to 40 and it felt hot, I was outside in a t-shirt moving snow because as it melts the water can damage the foundation to the house, so we move it away, and now the whole yard is ice, I've fallen once already, but not bad.
They do need a lot of water, otherwise they wilt, We aren't always really wet, like in July/August it gets fairly dry, but I'm sure it's nothing like out there.
I've always loved succulents, agave especially, every year I get little ones and keep them in the pots, they usually end up dying, because of the dogs, or I water them too much or not enough (I had a lab that ate a little cactus before, labs will eat anything) I didn't know what the Chinese lantern was, I did a quick search and those are pretty cool, not the most beautiful flower, but it's one that's unique, something that I think is as valuable in flowers, it makes me think of a tomatillo though (Hopefully I found the right plant, Wikipedia isn't known to be the best of resources lol)