I need help
I haven't been here in such a long while, but I knew you all would be able to help me. I'm not sure if any of you even remember me.
We lost our home to a house fire three weeks ago. We are trying to settle into a temporary housing situation. We are fortunate that our children, pets and even most of our family pictures and keepsakes were spared in the fire. Our rental house is nearly an hour away from our home (you may recall we lived in a very rural area) and we are going this weekend to try to salvage what we can from the house.
I want to try to save my rose bushes. There will be no water available there, and they are only going into their second summer. They won't survive this horrible Texas heat without help.
I am at a loss as to the best way to proceed. I don't know where we will ultimately end up, but I do know we will not be attempting to rebuild our house where it was for a variety of reasons. I also don't know how long we will be at our rental house. We have signed a lease for a year, so I know it will be that long.
It was suggested to me to cut them back and pot them in five gallon buckets with holes drilled for drainage. Should I strip their leaves? I can imagine this is about the worst time to traumatize them as they are all just beginning to leaf out.
Can you please give me the most specific advice you can? I really do love my rose babies...I only have about 15, but they were all purchased from the Antique Rose Emporium, so they were pricey, and they were absolutely beautiful.
Here are the varieties I have, if that matters:
Mrs BR Cant
Gruss an Aachen
William R Smith
Duchesse de Brabant
One unknown orange/red hybrid tea
I thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
Rachel in Central Texas