And within minutes, I hear one of the sailor-wizards explaining their garden to the youngsters. Not the hardy, saline tolerant ones about the base, but the ones in the low walled garden. Some are hardier than others, so they can gauge what's happening to protections. When the most tender ones start to fail, they start to work. With any luck, they keep things safe and the other flowers alive; often enough, nowadays, they can even save the tender flowers.
Still going to have to do more research on coastal habitats and flowers. (Also, this is the point at which it becomes clear that a character is unreasonably sulking.)