By Marci Martin
Upper Connecticut River Valley:
My gardens are in Windsor, and because we are in the valley, we are zone 6b. I can grow most any kind of rose I like here because I begin my winter protection program when I plant my roses by making sure the bud union or crown of the plant is buried four inches or so below the soil level. That way, even if we have a severe winter, the bud union and a number of buds on the buried canes are protected. If I need to prune all the way back in the spring, beautiful new basal breaks come shooting up, ready to shower me with gorgeous blooms in a couple of weeks. I grow hybrid teas, grandifloras, minis, minifloras, climbers, shrubs, old garden roses and some species roses, too. 300-ish roses call my gardens home and make me happy all year…even in the winter, when break time arrives!