Your favorite roses & make roses more winter-hardy
I hope to see Ann's Mermaid rose, and Mas' photos taken with her new camera, and Seaweed's bouquets from Southern CA ... that's why I start this thread.
Also to post ways to improve roses' survival in cold zone. Last winter was brutal in my zone 5a, Chicagoland, with temp. dipped down to -30 below zero. My kid had many days off from school because of the extreme cold. I don't know how many roses I lose, until mid-June ... it takes that long for roots to generate new cane.
Some public Knock-out roses died this winter. Below are pictures taken in my garden, May 20, to document factors that contribute to roses' hardiness in cold zone. Wise Portia was a tiny sprout in mid-June years ago .. I almost killed it with my grapefruit experiment in Feb. But as an Austin rose, Wise Portia is vigorous this winter: