You're right, we do have weather similar to Rochester, I hate living in a snow belt and lake effect snow. But we're USDA zone 4, looks like you're a bit warmer down there in zone 6. I know you guys get tons of snow too though, my best friend from AZ was from Rochester originally (my family is originally from a bit south of here in Syracuse). Do you get lake effect snow too? I hate that, the huge drifts that the plows can't keep up with. Luckily I have a big 4x4 SUV this time, the first time, I drove my Mustang all winter here. I swear, I only wiped it out twice, lol.
I got some typical VFT's (coming from Oregon, reputable seller they are kept outdoors) and a drosera spatulata, pinguicula moctezumae, and S. Rubra that are coming from southern California (also reputable seller who sent me the same fact sheet and warned about full sunlight being necessary and to put them outside - I did my homework there after getting a death cube VFT that is still alive, but not thriving).
When I say they are coming inside soon (before first freeze) they are going in to my unheated room for the winter...not to hang out in my living room (that stays 80F all winter, hey I'm an Arizona native! I don't do cold.) We expect first hard freeze by end of September, early October. I'm leaving them out as long as I can get away with, but before it freezes or we get snow. This is my 4th winter here at Drum and only once have I not seen snow before Halloween, lol. My garage seems to get too cold (sometimes the snow on the car doesn't melt off, just sits there all night) so they're going in my unheated laundry room that stays pretty chilly all winter. I don't have the refrigerator space (I have 4 children, my refrigerator is full almost all the time) or room for another refrigerator, so a cold room is going to have to suffice.
I'll also be moving into a house (instead of this townhouse from Hell) sometime this winter, and probably back out of NY by fall of next year (if I'm lucky). Hopefully back to Arizona or even Colorado again. The houses I'll move into are better insulated so the garage is probably going to be where they get to winter it out.
I'm working on reading your blog. Thanks for the link, it's a good read so far (4 pages or so in)
ETA: Oh dear God, I saw your "updated" sun based season...bwhaha! Cracked me up. For up here, you could drag the blue winter months to the end of April most of the time. This year, my tomatoes got outside like June 5th, after the last good freeze (which was like June 1st). I don't know how people do it, I really don't. I wouldn't live up here if it was my decision and not Uncle Sam's. Pretty sure my family felt the same way, my mother was born in Syracuse and my grandparents moved to Arizona when she was 4.