the key words are "properly prepared"
There's a Mr. Lincoln at my parents' house that is throwing suckers (we've beaten them back for the time being) that I'm sure came from some commercial grower. It was from a garden center, not a nursery, so maybe DA has a contract with someone who does a better job
If I can dig a deep enough hole in that spot, I'll probably go ahead and plant it at this point - I think it's earned a chance at life!
let me think... There's not much to see now, but I should post a pic - give an idea of the space and spacing I'm using. If I get ambitious I'll try to play with MS Paint and show the color scheme. I've got Dame de Couer/Queen of Hearts and Black Magic, Pink Enchantment and Bliss/Fairytale Magic, Golden Fairytale and Caramella Fairytale, Twilight Zone, and yet to be planted are Midnight Blue, All-American Magic, Enchanted Evening and Daring Spirit or Hypnotized - one croaked and my labels somehow came off the roses. I'm still waiting for a decent bloom to make a guess at which one I have - this weather and the bugs have beaten me to the last two
I'm still looking for Pumpkin Patch, and hoping Northland will have Full Moon Rising next year to add to it. I'd like to add a Sugar Moon, Dark Desire, and Moondance as well - trying to have two of each color/shade so the bed will be balanced around (hopefully) Full Moon Rising.
That's the plan anyway, we'll see how it works out. I've still got quite a few to put in, and then there's companion plants - fall bloomers, things with names that will fit the Halloween theme (ex. Veronica "Pink Potion" and "White Wands", which I need to hurry up and plant
Now that I've derailed my own thread... I'm thinking ordering from colder-zone nurseries might (eventually) be the way to go. I don't see a rose with RRD infection surviving 3 years in a real z6 or colder. That doesn't help anybody in a zone warmer than 6 or 7 though. The question for the next few years, however, is going to be which nurseries are lowest risk - who hasn't gotten plant material from Weeks in the last 4 years would be as safe as possible, I'd say.
But who is that? We've got some specialty/own root nurseries that I'd expect would be safe. I think @porkpal
are right, and we'll start seeing nurseries advertise their risk status. I don't know if I'd trust them all (looking at one big one in particular who has posted on the other site in threads about this
) but I think there are several I would trust to be honest about whether or not they got possibly infected material.