My rose bush is in terrible shape. Can anybody help me with bringing it bAck? I don't know where to begin. I'm in Georgia and it blooms nicely at first then does this. Any recommendations will be appreciated.
Has your zone been exceptionally hot & dry this year? Or did you have a real hard winter? Maybe you've had too much rain.
At any rate, August is often the absolute worst time of year for many roses in the South. They look about as well as I would exposed to triple digit heat all day.
Perhaps start with supportive treatment--keep watering well, add more mulch, be very conservative with the fertilizer, don't cultivate around them--& grit your teeth for the next 4-6 weeks until temps moderate.
I would concur with bluegirl; your rose has very likely just 'shut down' temporarily, i.e. gone dormant, to cope with the hot weather. Nothing to worry about, if you follow the above advice; and rather than fertiliser, your rose might appreciate an application of seaweed extract which will assist it to deal with stress.
Hopefully, any time now, or as the weather moves into autumnal (fall?) mode, you'll see it perk up and buds appear for a great autumn display! That's assuming it's a repeat-bloomer...