Rose protection for winter?
Ok, I've been all over the rose forum looking for answers but everyone's got their own flavor of how to handle roses over the winter. Since we have such wacky freeze/thaws, I'm wondering if winter protection would be a good idea. The roses are David Austins and Jackson Perkins grandifloras, all in their second year (and reputably hardy to zone 5). The dieback after last winter (I only used pine needles mounded at the base) was terrible and it took the roses forever to bloom. We've already had a couple of freezes and I'm wondering if some cedar mulch would be better. Or am I just rolling out the red carpet for fungus and the like?
Thoughts are appreciated, thanks!!