Own Root Tea Roses after a cold zone6 winter
From a distance most look dead, really dead. These aren't new roses, some are over a decade old and well established. Some canes are six years old based on counting rings on others and comparing sizes.
Perhaps oddly, some canes from last year survived. They are still green and are relatively canker free.
Then there are the bark encrusted wood canes that don't seem to have any buds swelling anywhere along them. Until I get down on my knees and then lower. Darned if some of them don't have new buds down at the very bases of canes. Some on the 'undersides' of canes growing out at angles.
It's not happening on all canes, and it isn't happening on all the teas yet.
What really surprises me is that it's happening at all. And that the noisettes have made it through winter with more canes healthy.
I wish that there were more in the literature about the roses as bushes and what their needs and wants are....beyond the blooms.