I ordered from Edmunds Roses because over the last several years most of my HT roses have left the garden and (but for Selfridges) the ones remaining came from Edmunds. (My observation is that Dr Huey rootstock retards leafing out in spring just a bit as compared to multiflora rootstock. With our late freezes this can sometimes be the difference between survival and failure with many HT roses.)
The results were mixed. One instance of Fragrant Plum was well developed, large, dense, and noticably green. It leafed out quickly and already is forming buds. Were every rose in the order this good I would declare victory and move on.
But no other rose was. Another instance of Fragrant Plum was materially smaller, and it was noticeably dried out to the point of being wrinkled. It happened to be planted at the end of a gopher tunnel and by the time it was in the ground for three days all the desiccated Dr. Huey roots had been chewed off and the canes were uniformly brown. I can think of no rose that has perished so quickly in my garden.
Results with other roses in the order fell in between. An Olympiad and a Kardinal had three dead canes each, but they did eventually sprout leaves from the bud union. Two very small New Zealands sprouted quickly and easily. Slightly larger Madame Anisette, Dick Clark, and Neil Diamond did, too. Two gimungous and noticeably desiccated Papa Meillands took at least a full month to rehydrate to the point that they were willing to even start setting leaves.
Not three of thirty in this order are stone-cold-dead, yet. I ordered many of the same cultivars from Rosemania last year, for a total of something like a dozen plants. By the end of August, all of the roses in that order were dead. One difference has been that this year I've been a maniac about watering. In warmish weather I do it daily. Another is that we've had no frosts since about mid March. A third is that I'm being a lot more active this year at controlling gophers.
This said, I do think that the uneven care that the Edmunds roses evidently got this last season may have been somewhat better than what Rosemania's roses got the season before. Or maybe the 2015 growing season was even worse than the 2016 season for drought. I will probably order from Edmunds; I will probably not order from Rosemania.
I ordered from J&P this year. Two own-root gallons and two budded roses. I was surprised that they did not ship until the first week in May. But the roses that arrived were in surprisingly good shape - much less dried out than the Edmunds roses. Brigadoon is still waiting to make an attempt at rose leaves; but it's not been in the ground for two weeks. Mardi Gras is already leafing out. I will order there again.
I ordered a number of roses from Rogue Valley Roses and the bands that arrived had growth fully eighteen inches high which, in my experience, is a generous size for a band. Viable, we hope. All went into larger pots where they seem to be doing well. I note that these plants seemed to be hardened off: not so much of the soft new growth that plants vigorously growing in greenhouses at 82F with 14 hrs of bright sunshine per day might have.
I ordered a few roses from Northland Rosarium. They ship roses in square pots that appear to be close to a gallon in size. The roses arrived growing vigorously and they were not hardened off. They seem to be adapting to the garden fairly well despite our rather coolish (40F) nights, but only after some of that soft new growth died.
I ordered three or four roses from High Country roses. I was pleased with the results when they came in. I think I have removed most of the hope from Rose of Hope, which is remarkably quick work; but it happens to be in a spot that makes my hand watering efforts difficult. Mr Nash (possibly Doubloons) is in this order and I'm still figuring out where, exactly to put it.
I'm afraid I fell for one or two of the rose sales at Heirloom Roses. Even if they were to have a 66% -off-sale their prices are high, but I'm afraid I'm still buying the dream of the nearly perfect high-centered hybrid tea rose growing on its own roots and thriving for decades. A rose that actually could turn into an heirloom. I'm old enough that I should know better.
Belle Epoque was in that order. ( I think I got the last one since I was unable to order two.) So were Peace, Chicago Peace, Joyfulness, and Rose Rhapsody. Some of the roses arrived with some of the leaves stripped, but the plants did seem better developed than the bands I got from RVR: they were consistently larger even if not always very much so. And their root systems did bind a full gallon of soil. Arriving in mid May probably will mean that that soft new growth will not be too seriously set back by the still coolish nights.
My spring Antique Rose Emporium order arrived in late April. Several of the two gallon rose plants were pruned pretty tightly to within about 8 inches of the soil. The rest are stripped of leaves. Because we've had unseasonably cool April and May weather, they are just leafing out. They seem very promising. Most of these roses are being planted "Outside the Fence" where they have to fend for themselves against marauding deer and javelina. So batting averages here must be calculated differently.