Hmmm....there is one problem with being a late sleeper and a late riser. This morning, the workmen arrived to finish our sewer line project long before I was awake. I hadn't had time to remove the rose bushes, so they did it on their own.
Unfortunately, instead of taking a nice root ball with each plant, they reduced them to something that looks like a bare root rose you might find at the nursury. I was a bit peeved, but really only had myself to blame, since I wasn't there to supervise.
I have taken all the plants and stashed them in a tub of water, to keep the roots moist. Once the work is done, I will transplant them back into their bed and cross my fingers. Where most gardeners would relish the opportunity to buy new plants, I have grown somewhat attached to these roses and would like to keep them around a while longer.
Wish me luck!