Even though Saratoga is really not that far away (under two hours by car, less by crow), when it comes to all things Spring, it might as well be on another planet when compared to Newcomb! I find myself drooling over the colorful blossoms posted almost daily by Woodswalker over at the Saratoga Woods and Waters blog. "When will it be our turn?" she whined, knowing that snow was in the forecast and watching the thermometer plummet.
Well...here's the scoop.
Spring moves northward at about 16 miles per day, or about 100 miles per week. This only applies on ground level (say, the Great Plains). Spring moves uphill at about 100 feet per day. [Mountains - that's why we are so far behind!]
So, for example: Take two locales, City A and City B.
* A is 100 miles north of B;
* Plant X blooms in B on 1 April;
* Expect X to bloom in A about 8 April;
* However, if A is 800 feet higher than B, add antoher eight days: X will bloom in A about 16 April.
Patience...it's a virtue.
In the meantime, we will enjoy our coltsfoot, daffodils and crocii.