You have no idea how much I empathize with your plight. Although I live in what is an idealistic climate 98.67% of the time, that 1.43% can be brutally lethal ranging from excessive heat indexes, to extremely devastating weather events ranging from endless rain to hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms of unbelievable ferocity, hail events & occassional severley deep freezes into the lower 20's F (negative 3 celsius).
We outdoor growers must pay attention to weather & often need to move our collections to protect them from the elements. On the otherhand I have yet to find better conditions (generally) than natural ones for the rest of the growing season, compared to other locations.
Still moving a collection within a few hours notice can be challanging to say the least. I lost sevral Cat's last year when plumetting temps raced into the low 20's. They were inside, but I did not have adequate heat for a dip into the 20 degree F range. I lost a lot of tropicals & food crop plants also in that.
I do have 1 cat left and it has been hovering near death, but I see juvenile growth & new air roots forming right now, 10 months after the event. I also had some dendrobiums that went into deep shock. They're blooming already. So I chalk it up to another learning experience. I might add I also picked 250 lbs of citrus that same day and only lost a lime tree, all else survived.
Next time I'll know enough to exercise a better management plan. Thus even though it was a nasty & ugly event, it was a positive lesson for me.
It's Also why I do not have a massive collection of Orchids personally too.
DeLand.Dad. . . .